Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by Passenger
 
Vague memories of long platforms on the Loop, much like those now found in the subway.

Where were they exactly?
Were they normally as accessible as the ones in the subway?
When did they come down?

Thank you.
  by Chicagopcclcars
 
Passenger wrote:Vague memories of long platforms on the Loop, much like those now found in the subway.

Where were they exactly?
Were they normally as accessible as the ones in the subway?
When did they come down?

Thank you.
In the late twenties the Loop 'L' underwent an expansion along with a hundred outlying stations when platforms were lengthened to handle eight car trains. But because the end doors/gated vestibules were not used, the platforms were barely longer than six car platforms. Three Loop platforms were lengthened to even allow the berthing of two separate trains at the same time: Washington/Madison on Wells and LaSalle/Dearborn/State on Van Buren and Adams Wabash seemed long enough for double capacity too. The continuous platforms you remember where on Wells and Van Buren. The CTA gradually cut back the platforms to lower expenses. Plus a lot of former Loop trains had been transferred to the subways.

David Harrison