Unique to any city in the U.S., light rail and
heavy rail share the same tracks for portions of their journeys. The joint running goes
about two and one half miles, from near Tower City-Public Square downtown to just
beyond the E. 55th Station. Both systems use the common overhead
wiring for their power source.
Platforms here at East 55th are at
two different heights for the to accommodate light rail and heavy rail. The station,
with its wooden platforms,
hints at the
age of the system.
There's a major transit
yard here for the entire RTA rail network. In June of 2001, the time of this photo, there were some PCCs readily
visible in storage. It got one's juices really flowing. By the
time of my next visit to this area, more than four years later, they
were gone to history.