Re: Brown elevated trains
Date: January 07, 2016 05:53PM
I went out to the Illinois Railway Museum a few years ago and found one of the old Addison Street buses I used to ride to school. Years ago, there were not just one, but three Addison Street buses in the morning, and those in the know always rode the Addison Heights Express (Red Sign) rather than the Limited (Green Sign) or the regular route. East of Cicero Avenue, the Express only stopped at bus stops where another bus line or train connected, so you made a lot better time. All of the buses continued down Addison to Lake Shore Drive, then down Michigan Avenue, to Congress, State, Washington, and back over the same route. The Express and Limited ran on the outer drive from Belmont to Oak Street, the regular bus ran on the Inner Drive/Sheridan Road/Stockton Drive to Michigan Avenue. The old time drivers who drove the route always preferred the old former Chicago Motor Coach GM "Old Look" buses that were numbered in the 600's. It was bus #609 sitting in the barn in Union, and I spent many a morning riding that bus down to Addison St. to Gordon Tech! Today, the Addison bus ends at Lake Shore Drive, and if you're trying to get downtown you have to transfer to either the Logan Square, Ravenswood, or Howard trains, and it only takes about twice as long to get there as in the past.