Garfield Park branch (CTA)

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Garfield Park branch
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Chicago 'L'
Status Closed
Locale Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Oak Park, Illinois
Forest Park, Illinois
Termini Ogden
Des Plaines
Stations 22
Operation
Opening June 19, 1895
Closed June 22, 1958
Operator(s) Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1958)
Chicago Rapid Transit Company (1924-1947)
Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad (1895-1924)
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Electrification Third rail, 600 V DC
Route map
Metropolitan Main Line
to Wells Street Terminal and Loop
Ogden
Hoyne
Western
California
Sacramento
Kedzie
St. Louis
Garfield Park
Pulaski
Tripp
Kilbourn
Belt Railway of Chicago
Cicero
Laramie Yard
Laramie
Laramie Ave.
Lockwood Ave.
Flournoy St.
Lexington St.
CentralCentral Ave.
Austin
Austin Blvd.
Chicago
Oak Park
Lyman Ave.
Lombard Ave.
Lombard
1957 temporary trackage
Cuyler Ave.
RidgelandRidgeland Ave.
Gunderson Ave.
Gunderson
East Ave.
Oak ParkOak Park Ave.
Kenilworth Ave.
HomeHome Ave.
Harlem Ave.
Oak Park
Forest Park
Harlem
Circle Ave.
Hannah
Hannah Ave.
B&OCT
Congress branch
Des Plaines
Des Plaines Ave.
Westchester branch
to Mannheim/22nd

The Garfield Park branch was a rapid transit line which was part of the Chicago 'L' system from 1895 to 1958. The branch served Chicago's Near West Side, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, and Austin neighborhoods, and the suburbs of Oak Park, and Forest Park, and consisted of twenty-two stations at its peak. It opened on June 19, 1895 and closed on June 22, 1958, when it was replaced by the Congress branch.

Operations[edit]

The Garfield Park branch divided from the Metropolitan Main Line at the Marshfield Junction, just west of the Marshfield station. Initially the line only extended as far west as 48th Avenue (Cicero Avenue).[1] On August 25, 1902, the Garfield Park branch was extended to 52nd Avenue (Laramie Avenue), and on March 11, 1905, service was extended to Des Plaines Avenue in Forest Park. On October 1, 1926, the Westchester branch was added, providing service from the Des Plaines Avenue stop to Roosevelt Road in Westchester.[2]

Station listing[edit]

Garfield Park branch stations[1][3][4]
Station Location Notes
Ogden Ogden Avenue and Van Buren Street Closed September 27, 1953
Hoyne Hoyne Avenue and Van Buren Street Closed September 27, 1953
Western Western Avenue and Van Buren Street Closed September 27, 1953
California California Avenue and Van Buren Street Closed September 27, 1953
Sacramento Sacramento Boulevard and Harrison Street Closed June 10, 1952 due to a fire in head house[5]
Kedzie Kedzie Avenue and Harrison Street Also served by the CA&E
St. Louis St. Louis Avenue and Harrison Street
Garfield Park Independence Boulevard and Harrison Street Closed September 20, 1953. Originally called Garfield
Pulaski Pulaski Road and Harrison Street Originally called Crawford
Tripp Tripp Avenue and Harrison Street Originally called Medora
Kilbourn Kilbourn Avenue and Harrison Street Closed September 20, 1953. Originally called West Forty Fifth and later Kral.
Cicero Cicero Avenue and Harrison Street Originally called West Forty Eighth; also served by the CA&E
Laramie Laramie Avenue and Harrison Street Originally called 52nd Avenue Terminal; also served by the CA&E
Central Central Avenue and Railroad Avenue Originally served by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway
Austin Austin Avenue and Garfield Street Originally served by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway
Lombard Lombard Avenue and Harrison Street Closed September 20, 1953. Originally served by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway
Ridgeland Ridgeland Avenue and Harrison Street Temporary station during construction of Congress line.
Gunderson Gunderson Avenue and Harrison Street Originally served by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway
Oak Park Oak Park Avenue and Harrison Street Originally served exclusively by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway
Home Home Avenue and Harrison Street Closed September 20, 1953
Harlem Harlem Avenue and Harrison Street
Hannah Hannah Avenue and Harrison Street Closed September 14, 1952. Originally served by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway
Des Plaines 711 S. Des Plaines Avenue Originally served by the Aurora Elgin and Chicago Railway

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