justalurker66 wrote:I'd say that the normal way of getting power to that rail had failed and the guys were out there to keep the trains moving.
Sorry...incorrect. The historic cars were doing a special move on a weekend. Remember, in those days the Ravenswood (Brown) didn't go downtown on weekends. The historic cars planned to do a reverse move through the curved tracks at Tower 18 to position the cars to be correctly staged at the Quincy station for a celebration of the Loop "L" 100th Anniversary. A CTA electric crew was working beneath the structure and had taken the curved track's third rail out of service. I don't remember if the train crew knew this or not....remember the curved track wasn't used on the weekends. The workers manning the stinger are from the Historic Train crew, they were not stationed at Tower 18.
But glad all enjoyed the video.
David Harrison (msibnsf)