Howard (7600N/1700W)
Howard Street and Hermitage Avenue, Rogers Park


Due to the large number of additional photos of trains at Howard station, a separate photo page has been established. To see the complete station profile and history, click here.

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Car 6133, in its classic cream/green/orange paint scheme, heads an Englewood-Howard "A" train waiting to pull out of Howard on July 20, 1968. On the next track, another PCC train (probably an Evanston Shuttle that hasn't switched its rear destination sign) is loading passengers. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Still in its Mercury Green, Croydon Cream, Swamp Holly Orange paint scheme, car 6293 brings up the rear of a Jackson Park-Howard All-Stop at Howard on July 21, 1968. The scene gives an interesting look at 1960s-era CTA signage, including the pre-CTA blue and white enamel station sign on the extreme left which reads "Howard - City Limits". (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 6332 leads a Jackson Park-Howard "B" train preparing to leave for its southbound run from Howard terminal on August 14, 1978. Skokie Swift 1-50 series car 26 is loading passengers on the next track. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 51, assigned to Skokie Swift service, loads passengers at Howard on August 18, 1970. The plexiglas panels divide the Howard platform into different paid areas. At this time, the Skokie and Evanston Lines had a higher fare for through riders from the city. The fare differential was paid at an agent booth on the platform. (Collection of Joe Testagrose) 

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A Jackson Park-Howard "B" train loads passengers at Howard as car 6518 picks up the rear on August 29, 1982. The view looks east from the corner of Howard and Hermitage. Today, the postwar commercial buildings on the corner have been cleared for redevelopment. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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In its unique platinum and charcoal with international orange belt rail, car 24 alights passengers at Howard after completing its Skokie Swift run on August 29, 1974. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 24 loads passengers at Howard before beginning its run on the Skokie Swift on August 19, 1970. Note its Stemmen pantograph instead of the CTA-designed pan trolley used on standard Skokie cars. The 1-50 ahead of 24 is probably an Evanston Shuttle car. (Photo by Joe Testagrose)

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Car 24 discharges passengers at Howard on May 29, 1975. Note that the CTA's "new" Helvetica-font signage is already being phased in, both in 24's destination sign (the blue background Skokie Swift) and in some of the platform signage on the left. Yet some of the CTA's 1950s-era signage also remains on the left. (Photo by Ed McKernen, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 25, painted for the Bicentennial as the "'Light House' Harry Lee", stops at Howard in April 1976. (Photo by Ed McKernen, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 26 stops to load passengers at Howard on August 19, 1970. The corrugated fiberglass panels on the platform used to divide different paid areas; they have since been removed. (Photo by Joe Testagrose)

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Assigned to the Evanston Shuttle, car 28 loads passengers at Howard on the 4th of July, 1971. The metal barriers on the platform at Howard separated the base fare area from the extra fare area. At the time, there was a differential collected from riders transferring to the northbound Evanston or Skokie trains at Howard. They were also used extensively on the Lake Street Line, though for different reasons. Note the old-style A/B sign on the platform wall. (Photo by Joe Testagrose)

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Car 39 leads this four-car northbound Evanston Express train at Howard, followed by another 1-50 and a 6000 pair, on October 10, 1972. (Photo by Steve Zabel, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 40, still dressed up as the "Concord" two years after the Bicentennial, stops at Howard after completing a run on the Evanston Shuttle on August 14, 1978. On the next track is 6000-series car 6430. Note that the colored-coded A/B signs have been installed here; later versions at Howard placed the address coordinates over each other instead of next to each other on the station name signs. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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In its Bicentennial scheme, car 54 -- the John Paul Jones -- loads passengers at Howard on the Skokie Swift run on September 22, 1976. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Looking dusty and faded in appearance, car 54 sports its Mint Green and Alpine White paint scheme while stopping at Howard on August 8, 1974. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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A Yellow Line 3200 and Red Line 2400 load and unload passengers at Howard on April 10, 1998. (Photo by Sean Gash)

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A Dan Ryan-bound Red Line train boards southbound passengers on track 2 (on the right), while a Skokie-bound Yellow Line train picks up its load on track 3 at Howard in May 1999. (Photo by Sean Gash)

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Bicentennial car 1776 -- the "Benjamin Franklin" -- is "Out of Service" at Howard Street on January 26, 1975. Why car 1776 is here is uncertain: the unit is assigned to the West-South Route at this point in its career. (Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 2103 leads an Englewood-Howard All-Stop at Howard terminal on August 29, 1982. By this point, approximately half of the 2000-series cars have been transferred off the West-South Route onto the North-South Route, with many (like 2103-2104) repainted into the Spirit of Chicago paint scheme; the 3rd and 4th cars are still in the platinum and black scheme of the 1970s. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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In its new Spirit of Chicago paint scheme, car 2118 leads a Jackson Park-Howard All-Stop train about to leave Howard on its way toward the Loop and South Side on August 29, 1982. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Being tested around the system, cars 2401-2402 spent some time on the North-South Route. Here, car 2401 leads a southbound train at Howard on September 22, 1976. Note the "Sprit of Chicago" destination sign. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 2461 trails a North-South train (one presumes, though it shows only "Spirit of Chicago" signs) at Howard on August 17, 1978. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 2470 leads an Englewood-Howard All-Stop stopped at Howard on August 14, 1978. A train of North-South 6000s waits across the island platform. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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A four-car Evanston Express led by car 4256 loads and discharges passengers at Howard on July 22, 1968. A North-South train of PCC cars stands across the island platform. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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A northbound four-car Purple Line Shuttle, led by car 2554, pulls into Howard on September 3, 2000. The new park'n'ride garage is under construction on the right. (Photo by Mike Farrell)

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After reversing direction on the turnback loop, a 95th/Dan Ryan-bound Red Line train, led by car 2565, is pulling into Howard to pick up passengers bound for the Loop and South Side on September 26, 1999. (Photo by Mike Farrell)

Rehabbed 2600-series car 2640 trails a Red Line train on the southbound Howard station platform in May 1999. (Photo by Sean Gash)

A southbound Red Line train, fronted by car 2733, pulls into Howard to board passengers for the journey toward the Loop and 95th Street on February 19, 2000. (Photo by Jack S. and Chris L.)

Looking across the center tracks to the northbound platform, we see rehabbed car 2682 finishing its run at Howard on February 19, 2000. From here, the train will go around the loop track in Howard Yard and return to the station's southbound platform begin its trip back south. (Photo by Jack S. and Chris L.)

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Skokie Swift cars 3441-3442 arrive at Howard Street in December 1999. Here, passengers can transfer to the Red and Purple Lines. The Skokie-assigned 3200s, like those seen here, are equipped with trolley pantographs for overhead operation west of East Prairie Road. (Photo by Eric Zabelny)

6000-series car 6473 is preparing to head south on the Howard-Jackson Park "B" run on track 2 (right) while a 5-50 series car is loading passengers for a trip on the Skokie Swift, looking south at Howard in the 1960s. (Photo from the Mike Farrell Collection)

A single 1-50 series unit, assigned to Evanston shuttle service, is on track 3 at Howard station circa the late 1960s, ready to leave for the trip north. Although the Evanston Line ran mostly off overhead wire, the poles are tied down because the changeover won't be made until South Boulevard. (Photo from the Mike Farrell Collection)

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A North-South train of 2000-series cars approaches the end of the line at Howard, switching from track 3 to track 4 enter the station, in July 1988. The unusually long platform for track 3 (at left) was built in the early 1960s so that North Shore Line trains and Evanston trains could berth on the same platform, while North-South subway trains were assigned to berth on track 4. Later, Skokie Swift and Evanston trains were assigned to track 3. As time went on, these platform assignments were less strict and were done away with completely in 1991. (Photo by James Raymond)

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After the above June 1968 fantrip, the six-car train of Plushie 4000s unloads at Howard while a 1-50 on the Evanston Shuttle unloads after a run from Linden. Note the railfans on the right taking photos. The transite barriers divide the platforms into different paid and unpaid areas at a time when the North-South and shuttle trains had differential fares. (Photo by Leon Kay)

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In September, two units were wrapped for United Airlines: cars 2969-70 on the Purple Line and 3133-34 on the Blue Line. The cars advertised the additional leg room on United planes with a cartoon of a man whose legs extended across both cars of the two-car unit. Car 2969, one half of the Purple Line cars, is seen at Howard on September 29, 2005. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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The other half of the United Airlines Purple Line ad wrap unit is seen at Howard on September 29, 2005 on car 2970. The cartoon man's long legs end and the middle and right end of the graphic feature United's logo and tagline. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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Two Red Line 5000-series trains sit at the Howard terminal on the night of March 24, 2015, car 5541 in the foreground leading a train at the end of its northbound trip, while car 5361 is at the rear of a train awaiting its departure time to 95th in the background. (Photo by Corey Ellison)
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With all three of the lines using the station now fully equipped with 5000-series cars, Howard station tends to be an all-5000s environment. Here, on the left car 5271 leads a Red Line train that is pulling in at the end of its trip and is going to unload its passengers before heading into the yard to turn around. Meanwhile, car 5587 trails a Loop-bound Purple Line Express train, pausing briefly to board and alight passengers, before it continues on its way downtown on October 30, 2015. (Photo by Graham Garfield)