Thursday, October 4, 2018

#tbt 95/Dan Ryan - 1971

Before sharing with you a CTA's ig post from earlier this week I wanted to give you all a history lesson. Many of you who read this blog may already know this if you've been riding the CTA's Dan Ryan branch for its 49 years of operation.

So the Dan Ryan branch of what we now call the CTA red line was opened on September 28, 1969. Originally this route was connected with the Lake Street branch to Harlem/Lake via the 18th Street connection and eventually along the south side mainline through the Loop elevated. On February 21, 1993 the Dan Ryan branch would be redirected to the Howard branch through a tunnel into the State Street subway created the red line as we know it today!

In 1971, the trains you see at 95/Dan Ryan in post below with one departing and the other arriving are on what they would call the west-south (aka Lake-Dan Ryan) route. With all the changes to the Dan Ryan due to various construction projects especially the 5 month shut down of the Dan Ryan (aka red line south) and the current reconstruction of the 95th terminal it's cool to see this look back to when it was like new.

In this 1971 photo, a Lake-Dan Ryan A train of 2200-series cars departs 95th/Dan Ryan with open track ahead alongside bumper-to-bumper traffic on a weekday morning. To the left, a train of 2000-series cars arrives in the terminal station. The Dan Ryan line turned 49 on Friday! When the line first opened, the West-South Route (Lake-Dan Ryan service) went between Harlem/Lake and 95th/Dan Ryan via the north and east sides of the Loop while the North-South Route, or Howard-Englewood-Jackson Park service) used the State Street Subway. The south portions of these two routes were flipped in 1992 with the opening of a new, short segment of subway in anticipation of the Orange Line coming, creating the modern Red and Green lines' routings. #cta #chicago #oakpark #forestpark #transit #traffic #rapidtransit #trains #railway #tracks #railroad #publictransit #expressways #freeways
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