The Skokie Swift
as a demonstration project by UMTA, CTA and the Village of Skokie, this
line uses a ROW used by an early Chicago Rapid Transit line, as well as
part of the Skokie Valley line of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee.
This line runs from Howard Street, terminal for the Howard-Dan Ryan and
Evanston lines, to Dempster Street in the Village of Skokie. It is
interesting in its' use of third rail at the south end of the line, and
an on-the-fly changeover to overhead. Cars are all one-man, and a
variety of equipment has been used over the years, many cars of which are
shown here. The interesting trolley system used on some of the cars
consisted of two standard trolley poles bolted together with a pan slider
across the top, and an airfoil mounted further down to maintain pressure
on the wire at speed.
The 1970's, the UMPTA "State of the Art" train worked for a few months
on the Skokie Swift. Because of the narrow width of the standard
CTA rapid transit equipment, the platforms at the two stations served had
to be modified with "flaps" that lowered for the SOAC train. Illuminated
warning signs were installed so the operator knew if he could enter the
station without removing part of the platform. The SOAC train also
had a pantograph temporarily bolted on for the outer end of the line.
This train is now at the Seashore Trolley Museum.
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