29.6.17

BEFORE THERE WERE LIGHTS AT WRIGLEY FIELD.

There was a Chicago L, and the various flag hoists adjacent to the scoreboard revealed the standings in the National and American Leagues, plus there were distinctive flags to communicate the outcome of the day's game to straphangers going by.


Yes, if you were riding the Electroliner, you'd likely be seated, perhaps in the bar car.

The straphangers had to make do with more utilitarian accommodation.


A Loyola Express might stop at Addison on its way north.  Back in the day, "VIA L LOOP" meant the train didn't originate or terminate at the old Water Street terminal, the wood cars would not use the subway.

There is a genuine Rapid Transit station, complete with floor-level platforms, on the museum grounds, but the switches at the station throat are hand-thrown, thus the train loads at the East Union station through these gangways.  There is a wheelchair lift available.

Here's where the straphangers would hang out.


That's inside the powered car, 1767, which suffered a fire during service on Chicago Rapid Transit and received upgrades to the lighting and straps.


The old style lighting and straps are in the as-yet-unpowered 1268.  The car cards are mostly replicas of originals, and they provide insights into what was acceptable and what was not back in the day.


The Illinois Railway Museum has not finished filling out its string of vintage L cars.  You don't just buy fittings at Farm and Fleet, but you can use stock lumber.


Yes, that's an Electroliner lead car at left.

There's an additional restored L car, 24, with open end platforms.

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