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South Shore Line & Skokie Swift - February, 1977

America's Last Interurban ...
I'm very glad that I was able to be there at that time & now share these few photos
of the vintage Chicago, South Shore & South Bend orange cars still operating at the time,
and to have had a chance to ride a few of them between Chicago & Michigan City, Indiana.

CSS&SB train arriving at the Van Buren Street (Chicago, IL) station,
shared with the Illinois Central electrified commuter service (2/18/77).

CSS&SB street-running trackage in Michigan City, Indiana,
on West 10th St. and East 11th St. (2/18/77).

Car 36 and a companion, at the Michigan City (IN) shops (2/18/77).
Note "The Little Train that Could" decal.

Car 36 at Michigan City, Indiana shops (2/18/77).

A lineup headed by car #27 at the shops, Michigan City, IN (2/18/77).

Young conductor during boarding call, Michigan City, IN (2/18/77).

South Shore Line platforms at the Randolph Street Station, Chicago, IL,
located above the Illinois Central terminal suburban platforms (2/18/77).

CSS&SB "800" in the East Chicago, Indiana area, February 22, 1977.

Illinois Central electric "highliner" approaching Randolph Street
trainshed, Chicago, Illinois, on February 22, 1977.

CTA "Skokie Swift" train in Bicentennial colors at the end of the line at Dempster Street.
This line was a remnant of a CNS&M interurban line taken over by the CTA in 1964,
and the outer half of the line was powered by overhead catenary until 2004.

Skokie train at Dempster St. (Skokie, Illinois) terminus on February 18, 1977.

Looking east, midway between Dempster & Howard stations, where the power
switched from overhead to third rail on the fly (2/18/77).

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