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5000-series car 5038 is the lead car of a 4-car charter train of the new Bombardier AC cars, which is stopped for photos on the Track 1 side platform at Wilson station. The Track 1 platform hasn't been used in regular service for almost 50 years at that point, but is still used occasionally for reroutes, movie filming, and special operations like charters. The train is displaying the Blue Line shortturn "Jefferson Park" destination sign for the enjoyment of the CERA charter members. Note that the run number is set to be "111" -- because the run number and destination sign are tied together into one log-on system for the Operator, the only way to get a Blue Line sign reading to appear is to log on as a Blue Line run. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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The interior of car 5275 is seen on July 20, 2013, shortly after delivery. The car's interior is sporting the blue-gray color for the wall panels and seat frames that replaced the beige color that had been common on CTA cars for decades. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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Passengers enjoy an express run along a portion of the Red Line on July 20, 2013, while sitting in one of the first 5000-series cars to substitute blue-gray wall panels and seat frame for the beige color that had been standard on CTA railcars for decades. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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Beginning with car 5269, the 5000-series cars began to use blue-gray interior wall panels and seat frames in place of the beige ones specified for the first 268 cars. The interior of car 5275, seen here on July 20, 2013, was one of the first group delivered with the change. The car is so new to service that very few ads have been installed in the car. Some of the interior decals were changed as well, like the red-and-blue one pertaining to safety and security cameras, though that change is unrelated, beginning several months earlier and not limited to the 5000s. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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Car 5275 stops at Granville will operating on the Red Line on July 20, 2013. The car's blue-gray interior wall panels blend in more with the stainless steel panels in the doorway and overhead ad sash, providing less contrast than the beige panels used on CTA cars for decades and on the first 268 5000-series cars. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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A Loop-bound Pink Line train stops at Morgan station on opening day, looking west on May 18, 2012. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Morgan station's impressive silhouette is demonstrated in this trackside view looking east from the west end of the station on its opening day, May 18, 2012. A Pink Line train is stopping at the station on its way to 54th/Cermak. The cameraman on the left is shooting B-roll of the new station for the CTA. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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While the Dan Ryan branch was closed for track renewal between May and October 2013, certain Green Line trains only operated between Harlem and downtown during rush periods due to capacity constraints on the South Side Elevated, which was carrying both Red and Green Line trains. In the evening rush, trains were turned via the Outer Loop, identified by green "Loop" destination signs. A PM rush Looper led by car 5110 stops at Clinton on July 9, 2013, the operator making manual announcements to assure that customers know the train will turn south at Tower 18 rather than continue to Clark/Lake. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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During the Red Line South Reconstruction Project, with the Dan Ryan branch closed Red Line trains were rerouted to Ashland/63rd via the South Side Elevated. However, during rush periods the number of Red Line trains needed to service the north half of the line and number of Green Line trains needed to serve the Lake branch would have exceeded the capacity of the South Side "L", so some trains were turned back downtown. During the morning rush, certain Red Line trains only operated as far south as Roosevelt. Car 5195 leads an 8-car train pulling into Sheridan station on July 10, 2013, bearing a Roosevelt destination sign slightly washed out in the morning sun. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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An evening rush Harlem-Loop Green Line train with car 5146 at the tail is traveling south on Wells Street, crossing Adams Street as it approaches Quincy station, as it makes a circuit around the Loop to return back to Oak Park. Note how busy the platforms are at Quincy -- once a sleepy station by the 1970s and 80s, Quincy is now a very high ridership station during the rush, reflecting the office boom in the western portion of the Loop. The modern 5000-series cars with their LED destination signs provides a contrast with the restored historic 1897-vintage Quincy station.. (Photo by Graham Garfield)