This section looks at the lines north of downtown that go through the busy Belmont station on what was once the Northwestern "L"; and also at the Purple Line when it runs as a local short line north of Howard, and the Yellow Line, the "Skokie Swift."

Two trains heading south are at Belmont in this view.  The Red Line, on the inner track, will skip the next two local stops, then will have a second cross-platform transfer at Fullerton before it heads into its downtown subway, and on to the South Side.  The Brown Line, on the left outer track, will run local and onto the Loop after some twisting over the near North Side.

Our own Purple Line train heading north has been running local for several stations, and is slowing for its Belmont stop.  After that it continues on the outside track, but it will be run express, passing the next twelve stations (which are served by the Red Line on the inner tracks) before reaching Howard.  Few cities in the country have express and local service on their urban rail systems.  Here on the North Side, Chicago is one that does, at least at peak times.

Two individuals are in sight crossing the venerable pedestrian overpass between the northbound and southbound platforms -- a connection indeed ancient enough to be seen in old photos featuring the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, which once used this route and stopped at Belmont on its way to and from Milwaukee and intermediate points.

Work began in 2007 on the modernization of this station which, when completed, will greatly alter this scene.  In the meantime, only three tracks are in use, with all northbound lines using the inner set of rails. 

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Links to Individual Pages:
Into the Sun Gloomy Wilmette Day Backup at Belmont
Ravenswood Work On the Ground Wilmette Crossing
Leaving Linden Howard Transfer Skokie Swift
Waiting at Skokie Overhead Wires Passengers Discharged
Subway Rising Once Four Tracks Evening, Light Snow
Routes Diverge Wilmette and Trees Single-Track Ending
Near North Side Artifacts Ascent from the Subway
Switching, Trains Ahead Brown Line on the Ground Train and Sidewalk
From Chicago Ave. Station Ravenswood on the Ground Merchandise Mart Ahead
Howard Yard Wilmette, Gated Rails Old Bridge
Clearing Morning Over Franklin Structure and Shadows
Nearby Park Station Entrance, Sheridan Manor Ave. Crossing
Francisco Station "L" Near Sheridan Bumper
Pedestrian Crossing