Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Digital Live Sound Video: Westbound CTA orange line train. Chicago Illinois USA. June 2008.
I photographed this digital live sound video one late afternoon, in June of 2008. We are at South Lawndale Avenue at approximately what would be West 49th Street on Chicago's southwest side. A speeding westbound Chicago Transit Authority orange line rapid transit train passes by on top of the embankment. After the train makes the next station stop at nearby South Pulaski Road, it will proceed to the terminal near Chicago's Midway Airport at the end of the line at West 59th Street.
Prior to December of 1988, the elevated earthen CTA embankment, was originally the ground leval Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's Stockyards branchline. After abandonement by the IHB, it was sold to the Chicago Transit Authority, and was redeveloped in to the CTA orange line. The orange line opened in 1993.
The ground leval train track in the foreground, is a heavily ballasted single track branchline owned by the Belt Railway of Chicago.