Celebrate The 125th Birthday Of The 'L' By Riding A Vintage Train Car Tuesday
By Mae Rice in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 5, 2017 8:00PM
A 1920's-era L train (photo via ctaweb on Flickr
On Tuesday, it will have been 125 years since 'L' service began in Chicago. To celebrate this more-than-centennial, 'L' fans can ride the CTA's heritage fleet around the inner Loop on Tuesday afternoon.
We've covered the CTA's heritage fleet before. Train-wise, it consists of two orange-and-brown railcars from 1923, and an eight-car train from the 1970s, decked out in red, white and blue.
The 1920s cars will be circling the inner Loop from noon to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, and the more modern, eight-car train will run from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. The vintage cars will make all stops on the inner Loop's Orange & Pink Line side.
At the Clark & Lake stop's Loop platform, CTA reps will also be handing out free posters commemorating the 'L's 125th anniversary. They'll be around from noon to 3:15 p.m. (or until supplies run out).
One last fun fact: Though this whole celebration takes place in the Loop, the Loop's 'L' stops
didn't actually open until 1897. That's several years after the earliest stations opened; most of those early stops currently comprise the Green Line.
Read more about the CTA's planned celebration and the history of the 'L' here.