Take a Ride on Chicago's Elegant Electroliner

Writer J.J. Sedelmaier recalls riding the beautifully streamlined Electroliner trains, which ran on the same tracks as other Chicago rail transit but were a special event all to themselves.
August 22, 2011, 12pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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Promoted as the "World's First All Electric Streamliners", the Electroliner ran between the downtown Loop and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sedelmaier writes:

"When I was 5-6 years old my Mom and I would take the "L" to church every Sunday between suburban Evanston, Ill., and Chicago. The trains of the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) were colorful yet hardly eye-popping, but each Sunday I used to see one train that was the exception to the normal livery."

"My mom called it "The Mysterious Train." To a kid of my age, the existence of this outrageous looking train was pure magic!"

Sedelamaier collected an extensive set of images of the Electroliner for your enjoyment.

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Published on Sunday, August 21, 2011 in Salon
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