The train in the distance, outbound for O'Hare,
is stopped at the Western station. Our train has passed the first
of the three stops -- California -- along this old "L"
section, and has
Western and Damen yet to call at before it heads into the subway.
subway era, the line entered downtown by a very different geographic
scheme. Instead of going underground east of what is now
Damen, it curved to head south on "L"
tracks paralleling Paulina, down to the Garfield Park Branch, which
it then joined to reach the Loop at its southwest turn.