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CTA’s Ride the Rails: Yellow Line to Skokie Real-time (2019) v1.1

January 18, 2020


Periodically, information about the CTA and/or the line will appear on the screen.
If you prefer to experience this video without this information, please turn off
Youtube’s closed captioning. The Yellow Line runs 4.9-miles and services 3 stations. The Yellow Line — also known as the “Skokie Swift” — is unique because it is
the only line that CTA ran, then abandoned, then resumed operation on. In the early 2000s, the CTA made a decision that would alter the character of the
Yellow Line forever: to convert the route from overhead catenary operation to third
rail traction power. The CTA desired to convert the ground-level portion of the line to improve reliability
and performance. The Skokie line was the only route in the CTA to still use overhead
wire, making it an aberration in the 226-miles rail system and requiring unique
equipment to operate and maintain it. Location of the now demolished Ridge station. The station
closed on March 27, 1948 and was demolished in the late 1970s. Location of the now demolished Ashury station. The station closed
on March 27, 1948 and was demolished in the late 1970s. A small
portion of one the platforms remains. Location of the now demolished Dodge station. The station closed
on March 27, 1948 and was demolished in the late 1970s. Location of the now demolished Crawford-East Prairie station. The station
closed on March 27, 1948 and mostly demolished in 1964. A small portion
of one the platforms remains. Location of the now demolished Kostner station. The station closed
on March 27, 1948 and was demolished in 1964. Oakton station originally closed in 1948 and demolished in 1964.
Over 60 years later, in 2012, it was rebuilt and opened. Location of the now demolished Main station. The station
closed on March 27, 1948 and was demolished in 1964.

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10 Comments

  • Reply QuarioQuario54321 October 18, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Oakton apparently can do 4 cars

  • Reply Paradisum Music October 18, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Am I imagining it or did this line used to have overhead power instead of third-rail?

  • Reply DP BL October 19, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I would like to thank you once again for the safe and punctual rides with the CTA subway! I visited Chicago around the 4th of july and i felt save at all times (lots of cameras) and i only saw clean stations!!! Thanks to all of the CTA employees who work day in, day out to serve our customers at the highest level!!! 🙂

  • Reply Nimesh Patel October 19, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Oakden so long that it could fit 4 cars

  • Reply Maddux Smith October 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    To all the people saying Oakton is long because it can hold 4 cars,

    every other lines' stops can hold like 7 cars

  • Reply Maddux Smith October 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    The stops are tiny lol

  • Reply Karen Page October 29, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I honestly think some of the former stations that were closed in 1948 should be brought back, like Dodge, East Prairie, and Main Street. Maybe if the Old Orchard extension ever gets built…

  • Reply lolcat [HGS] November 9, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    I love skokie

  • Reply Little Leto December 11, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Thats one long boring stop

  • Reply vartal January 11, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Странно, вроде станции не в голом поле располагались…неужели ими не так много людей пользовалось? А то метро рядом, а станций нет уже на них…

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