On my way to California, I spent the afternoon in Chicago before boarding the Southwest Chief.

During the layover, I was able to film quite a few Metra & CTA trains, and even take a short ride on the L, and caught some of the 1950s vintage cars still in service.

1. CTA trains and some maintenance work along Van Buren st.

2. Metra Electric & South Shore trains at the Van Buren & Randolph st stations.

3. L trains above Wabash ave.

4. A ride from Wabash & Madison towards the northside.

5. CTA trains seen from the Merchandise Mart station.

6. Riding a train of 6000 series L cars from the Merchandise Mart to Quincy & Wells.

Comments

    • Edward Romero
      Edward Romero

      These Cars are so ugly back in 1991. Where were the 2200 series? They released it in 1969, and they look way nicer than these.

      about 4 months ago
    • JeffFrmJoisey
      JeffFrmJoisey

      Neat!!! My 1st and only visit to Chicago began 10 days after you filmed this!! Spent 1 night in Rosemont and the rest at the 4 Seasons on W. Delaware St. Explored CTA L and subways every day there!!! Rode green & white 6000's to Kimball. 2000s on The Loop and went out to Howard. 1 day got off at Merchandise Mart and went to CTA office to get ephemera!!! I could see the "Church Curve" from my hotel room!!!

      about 4 months ago
    • Dan Cluley
      Dan Cluley In reply to JeffFrmJoisey

      Sounds like a good trip. I was back through Chicago about then, but just to change trains on my way back to Michigan.

      about 4 months ago
    • trainrover
      trainrover

      Time warp recordings like this video are great.

      about 5 months ago
    • Sekai Daniels
      Sekai Daniels

      The city yhat made me.

      about 5 months ago
    • s b
      s b

      Beautiful.

      about 1 year ago
    • Justin Schroeder
      Justin Schroeder

      Awesome footage! My only memory of those metra electric trains were the bucket seats that I liked, but weren't very popular... also the blinker doors on the L... again I really liked them but not very practical.

      about 1 year ago
    • Laura Frost
      Laura Frost

      Chicago has changed since in 2018 it’s super diffrent

      about 1 year ago
    • TacoJosh
      TacoJosh In reply to Laura Frost

      I will agree but some spots still look the exact same today. At 6:23 it looks the exact same. Barely any changes at Adams/Wabash, I kind of like.

      about 1 year ago
    • Hollo4ever
      Hollo4ever

      nice upload.i love my city.check me out and sub

      about 1 year ago
    • Windy City Rails
      Windy City Rails In reply to Hollo4ever

      no

      about 1 year ago
    • TheChicagoL
      TheChicagoL

      Looking at this video makes me feel like I could almost reach out and "touch" my past and my young adulthood. I was 35 years old at that time and rode each and every last one of the lines you featured in your video. Absolutely loved it!!!!

      about 2 years ago
    • fnihp30
      fnihp30 In reply to TheChicagoL

      Angel Johnson It was 1991, it was relatively close to the 80s.

      about 5 months ago
    • carl st.clair
      carl st.clair In reply to TheChicagoL

      Great video too bad the CTA stopped using the 6000's and cars 1-50 that were used on the Skokie Swift.

      about 7 months ago
    • Angel Johnson
      Angel Johnson In reply to TheChicagoL

      why does this video look like the 80s???

      about 1 year ago
    • Angel Johnson
      Angel Johnson In reply to TheChicagoL

      I was born in 1990 wow

      about 1 year ago
    • Dan Cluley
      Dan Cluley In reply to TheChicagoL

      Glad you liked it.  That was a good day.

      about 2 years ago
    • MICHAEL GLASS
      MICHAEL GLASS

      I miss the Lake Dan Ryan , Red A & Green B, on the 2000 series.

      about 2 years ago
    • Sekai Daniels
      Sekai Daniels In reply to MICHAEL GLASS

      MICHAEL GLASS. Like the los Angeles sky line better no disrespect to my city i was born in.

      about 5 months ago
    • Raymond Smith
      Raymond Smith In reply to MICHAEL GLASS

      I miss the original North-South Route Englewood/Jackson Park-Howard

      about 10 months ago
    • David Bonnema
      David Bonnema In reply to MICHAEL GLASS

      I miss the old Dan Ryan cars from the 70's and the green/white 6000 series cars

      about 1 year ago
    • Dan Cluley
      Dan Cluley In reply to MICHAEL GLASS

      there was so much more variety then.

      I think I miss the front seats the most

      about 2 years ago
    • lailasalas
      lailasalas

      I would like a ride in the LOOP train. My start and end point will be UNION STATION. i want to ride around Chicago Downtown without extra fare when changing from one train to another

      about 2 years ago
    • QuarioQuario54321
      QuarioQuario54321 In reply to lailasalas

      UncleAl3 Clinton on the blue line is closer

      about 2 years ago
    • lailasalas
      lailasalas In reply to lailasalas

      Thanks UncleAl3

      about 2 years ago
    • UncleAl3
      UncleAl3 In reply to lailasalas

      It's fun and easy to do. Note: there are no El trains at Union Station, but you can walk 3 blocks east on Adams St. to Wells St, turn right to Quincy El station , pay the fare. Once you are in the system there are no mandatory exits and it's possible with a good map to ride many of the loop trains. I suggest to take the brown line train to the Merchandise Mart, exit the train then take the brown line train back to the loop. System maps are available at Union Station.

      about 2 years ago
    • CSX EMD Train Lover
      CSX EMD Train Lover

      awesome train video

      about 2 years ago
    • CSX EMD Train Lover
      CSX EMD Train Lover In reply to CSX EMD Train Lover

      @Dan Cluley your welcome and you should check out my new video's on my channel

      about 2 years ago
    • Dan Cluley
      Dan Cluley In reply to CSX EMD Train Lover

      Thanks,  Glad you liked it/

      about 2 years ago