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jameswhitcombriley
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Chicago's Subways and EL's history
 
« on: Feb 9th, 2003, 6:39pm »
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Hello does anyone know about this subject I know a little but would love to learn more

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 12th, 2003, 6:46pm »
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The definitive books on the subject -- there were at least two and maybe three -- were published several years ago by the Central Electric Railfans Assn. They may still be in print, or at least available used. If you're interested, try: CERA, P.O.Box 503, Chicago, IL 60690. CERA often advertises in magazines like Trains and Railfan.

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RUSTY_RAILS
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 15th, 2003, 9:06am »
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 Try these links for some information on the Chicago EL and other Chicago area transit sites :
   www.chicago-l.org      
    www.ameritech.net/users/chicagotunnel/tunnel1.html
    www.hometown.aol.com/chirailfan
   There is lots of good info at any of these sites plus lots of links to tother good sites.  hope this helps.
        CHEERS  MIKE


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mikeparkridge
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 28th, 2004, 10:09pm »
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here's a site http://www.chicago-l.org/

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IndependentSubway
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 8th, 2016, 2:38pm »
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An issue of Engineering News-Record, dated December 11, 1930 - eight years to the month prior to groundbreaking - showed some cross-section drawings of the then in-the-gleam-of-city-planners'-eyes State Street subway.  Several differences abounded between the plans shown in that issue and how the line was ultimately built, including:
- Structural steel beams in stations, spaced 5' 6" apart (16' 6" spacing for station columns) rather than the round look ultimately adopted
- Four tracks instead of the ultimate two
 
A few elements of New York's Independent (IND) subway made their way onto the Chicago subway (both State Street and later Milwaukee-Dearborn) if the drawings are any indication, namely roadbeds 10' 8" wide and 14" deep (from position of base of rail; when ultimately built and opened, stations had the same "half-ties" encased in concrete as throughout the IND; contrast this with the IRT where, even after city takeover in 1940, they still used the 10' 4" width for roadbeds in areas where stations with island platforms had their lengths extended in the '50's and '60's).  Also, the distance between the platform edge (per the concrete/steel structure) and track center line was determined to be 4' 10"; I wonder if their wooden rubbing boards as affixed to those platform edges were initially 3" wide or what, given that the cars that have run over the line have had an 8' 8" width (one inch less than the cars of New York's IRT) over the door thresholds.


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