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Robert Pence Feb 21, 2009 1:38 PM

Cleveland rapid transit, 1978-1990

Terminal Tower 1978

W 117th

Cleveland Hopkins Airport
Pullman-Standard Airporters had luggage shelves right inside the entrance to accomodate travelers' suitcases.

Shaker Rapid
The PCC cars on the Shaker Rapid may have been geared for interurban service; they were faster than most PCCs I've ridden. Cleveland was one of the few cities, possibly the only city, that had PCC cars configured for MU (multiple unit) operation, so that one operator in a lead car could control two or more cars coupled together for high capacity with reduced operating costs.

Shaker Rapid in Terminal Tower

Conrail freight on the drawbridge at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, 1995

Spiffy new Breda cars at Shaker Square, 1985

These photos come from a larger set of general photographs of Cleveland in between 1978 and 2003. To see the whole set, click HERE or click the photo below.

theWatusi Feb 21, 2009 2:22 PM

thanks Rob

Robert Pence Feb 22, 2009 1:16 AM

My pleasure!

Jibba Feb 24, 2009 7:35 PM

^^Ditto. Really great set of vintage shots. Some fantastic trains there.

harryc Mar 1, 2009 11:12 AM

Jibba Mar 1, 2009 7:58 PM

^Wicked shot!

harryc Mar 5, 2009 5:55 PM

Seen at Rdigeland/Lake (Chicago)

harls Mar 5, 2009 9:02 PM

^ that last photo is great.. I love the heat coming off the train blurring the Hancock tower (it is Hancock, right?)

This is kind of a crappy photo, but I'll post it anyway. The Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam train crossing in front of my car back in August 2007..not something you see every day..

i_am_hydrogen Mar 5, 2009 10:59 PM

rockyi Mar 6, 2009 1:59 AM

....meh, it's all I've got at the moment.

Robert Pence Mar 6, 2009 2:45 AM

I_am_hydrogen, stunning shot! Great view, crisp photo, and amazing light.

initiald Mar 6, 2009 6:58 AM

harryc Mar 6, 2009 2:24 PM

River Forest, Il
Harlem end of the CTA Green line

Robert Pence Mar 7, 2009 12:37 AM

Baltimore 1979 B&O Commuter stuff pre-Camden Yard

Baltimore 1996 - Light Rail

harryc Mar 7, 2009 10:36 PM

Metra inbound

Jibba Mar 8, 2009 8:24 PM

Robert Pence Mar 8, 2009 11:55 PM

The South Shore street track to downtown South Bend, with a station stop by the Lasalle Hotel, was a victim of 1970s urban renewal that demolished much of downtown.

Prior to 1990s move to the airport, South Bend's station was an ugly, filthy, dangerous-neighborhood, puke-pit cinderblock building near the former Bendix plant, shared with Amtrak. It was not a safe place to leave a car unattended, even during the day. Amtrak still uses this station, although I think they've cleaned it up a little and given it a better paint job.

Trains to and from the West use a covered, high-level platform on the east end of the terminal building, reached by a circuitous route that was built to take advantage of existing freight ROW. Plans are being finalized to reroute the trains directly into a new station on the west side of the terminal, eliminating a couple of miles of winding, traffic-infested slow track and shaving substantial time off the schedule.

South Shore is running acceptance tests on 14 new bi-level gallery cars built on the same order with the Metra Electric cars shown here at 57th Street. The new cars are expected to go into service in Spring, initially running on off-peak trains. These cars have 111 walk-over seats, compared with 74 fixed-directional seats in the single-level cars. The gallery cars cannot be train-lined with the existing single-level cars.

South Shore Freight, a separate private entity, leases use of South Shore track. Among their major commodities are steel coils from the mills along Lake Michigan and coal for the NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) power plant at Michigan City. Judging from the Union Pacific dedicated power that often handles the coal trains, I'd speculate it's Powder River Basin coal from Wyoming.

harryc Mar 9, 2009 12:02 AM

Rob you set a high standard in Train stuff.

Robert Pence Mar 9, 2009 12:19 AM

Thanks, Harry. I consider that high praise coming from you, not just because of your train pics, but all the wide variety of scenes you shoot. You have an advantage in some areas in that you have some fabulous kids to liven things up.

Have you ever checked out the view of the Metra Electric tracks between 57th and 59th along Harper, in Hyde Park? There are some strangely-proportioned old houses sandwiched in the tapering sliver of land between the street and the embankment, and during rush hour the trains are thick as fleas. There are probably some good photo opportunities in the gaps between the houses, as well as at the station underpasses.

I'm usually on the move to make an appointment when I'm there and my trips are almost always on Tuesdays, when the sidewalks are lined solid with trash bins that disrupt the view. In season, there are lush old-fashioned front-yard flower gardens in many places along the street. Robie House is just a few blocks away at 58th and Woodlawn.

Jibba Mar 9, 2009 6:39 PM

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