Skokie Swift. ( North Shore Interurban Electric Line)

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Skokie Yellow Line Tunnel

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Yellow Line Tunnel

 

 

The Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad began in 1895 as the Bluff City Electric RR (Street car line in Waukegan).    With growth and expansion, the name was changed to Chicago, Milwaukee Railroad.    Its main line traveled through the North Shore suburbs on its way to Milwaukee.  Southern terminus was at Church Street in Evanston.   Eventually, access was obtained on  the Red Line to  down town Chicago.

A branch line was constructed to Mundelein.   In 1924, construction was begun on the Skokie Valley by-pass.  This was constructed to avoid the congestion of the main line.  The new line started at Howard Street.  It went west to Niles Center  From here it extended north and west into a marshy area paralleling the Skokie Branch of the the Chicago and North Western R. R.  At Upton, the new route turned east at the Mundelein Branch until it reached west of Lake Bluff.  A new connection diverged north onto a freight only branch.  It eventually connected to the main line at the North Shore Junction.

View from Ridge Avenue Bridge

 

Stops on this new bypass included:  Howard,  Asbury, Dodge Avenue, Crawford, Dempster, Harmswood, Glenayre,  Wa-Bun, North brook, Woodridge, Briergale, Highmoor, Sheridan Elms, Deerpath, Lake Bluff, Great Lakes, North Chicago.

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First Bridge West of Tunnel

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Evanston Skokie Swift Ashbury Street

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Skokie Swift Ashbury Street

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Internet Picture of the former station at Ashbury

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Dodge Avenue Evanston

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Dodge Avenue Viaduct  Skokie Swift

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Bridge undersurface

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Old Dodge Avenue Station Skokie, Il

 

 

 

 

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Viaduct James Park

 

In 1925, service was provided on this line by the Chicago Transit Company from Howard to Dempster.    Stops on this line were Ridge, Asbury, Dodge,Crawford, Kostner, Oakton, Dempster.    Service ended in 1948.  It was replaced by bus service.

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Viaduct James Park

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Yellow Line Viaduct over the NorthShore Channel

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Yellow Line Viaduct over the North Shore Channel

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Remnant of Crawford Street Station  Internet Photo

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Crawford Street Crossing Skokie

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Crawford Street Crossing

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Yellow Line Skokie

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Kostner Avenue Crossing

 

 

 

 

Kostner Ave Crossing

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Kostner Ave Crossing

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Skokie Swift Viaduct over the Skokie Highway

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Skokie Swift Viaduct over Skokie Highway

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Skokie Swift Viaduct over the Skokie Highway

 

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R.R. Tracks Yellow Line  Oakton Street.

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Oakston Street Yellow Line Station

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Oakton Street Yellow Line Station

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Oakton Street Yellow Line Station

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Oakton Street Yellow Line Station

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Yellow Line Train at Oakton Street Crossing

 

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Structure for overlying power wires  Dempster Avenue Yellow Line

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Yellow Line Train Station Dempster Avenue

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Bus stop Yellow Line Dempster Avenue

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Old Train Station Dempster Avenue

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In 1963, North Shore R.R. line service ended.  The CTA resumed service on the Yellow Line between Howard and Dempster

An interesting fact about the Yellow Line is that at one time, the eastern half received power from a third rail; the western half power from overlying wires.   Eventually, the entire system was converted entirely to a third rail system.

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