Urban expressways are a good way to divide cities and remove housing and businesses.Â But for the highways with trains running through or alongside them, they provide a clear view of the trains from above on an overpass or tall structure.
Here’s a collection of photos taken from above the tracks.
A Red Line train to 95th slows as it crosses under the 33rd Street overpass into the Sox-35th station.
A Blue Line train enters the portal at the Circle Interchange. Next stop: Clinton.
For many years, Metra showed TV commercials; slogan and jingle was, “Meeeetra, the way to really flyyyyy!” This train is being pushed into the Ogilvie Transportation Center.
Where are your favorite “railfan” vantage points?
Other overpasses in cities I like:
- 97th and Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York. During rush hours, you’ll see a Metro North train every 30 seconds (or less, even).
- Pedestrian overpass at Hiawatha Avenue and 24th Street East in Minneapolis where you’ll see the sleek Bombardier-built Metro trains. Another photo.
- Numerous streets and pedestrian bridges over the Metra Electric lines in Chicago. During rush hour, the trains operate on a CTA-like schedule. Photo from 18th Street pedestrian bridge.
- Roosevelt Road in the South Loop, Chicago, Illinois. You’ll see lots of Amtrak and Metra trains on 10 different tracks.