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CTA Train Chartered By Illinois Railway Museum Derails

By Amy Cavanaugh in News on Apr 29, 2012 7:00PM

A group of people riding a chartered El train as part of a fundraiser for the Illinois Railway Museum got more than they bargained for when the train derailed this morning. Forty people were onboard and had to walk to the next station.

Via the Tribune:

CTA officials said the passengers were walked from the train by Chicago Fire Department personnel along the elevated tracks to the station at 22 East Roosevelt Rd., said Steve Mayberry, a CTA spokesman. The derailment occurred on the elevated tracks at about 11:22 a.m., officials said.

The railroad enthusiasts paid $100 to ride the 4-car train from the 1960s and 1970s era, officials said. They began riding the trains at 9 a.m. this morning in Forest Park and had hoped to ride through the city and return to that location at 6 p.m., officials said.

The train was trying to cross over to the middle tracks when a wheel in the last car fell off the track. There are delays on the Green and Orange Lines, with no service between Halsted and the Loop on the Orange Line and between 35th Street and Adams/Wabash on the Green Line.