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Harlem on the Forest Park Branch (not to be confused with Harlem on the O'Hare branch) is a Blue Line Station located between the southern side of the Eisenhower Expressway and the tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad. The station has a single island platform serving the two track line, that has the usual continuous canopy that is held up by single white beams. The station has two exits. The staffed one is at the eastern end of the platform and has a long gradual ramp up to a small station house at street level with two turnstiles and yellow tiled walls, along with the original cashiers turned customer assistant booth along the west side of Harlem Avenue slightly less than a mile south of the Harlem/Lake terminus of the Green Line. There is a secondary exit at the western end of the platform here a staircase leads up to a smaller building with walls just made of mesh and a simple white and blue roof. Here there is a single high entrance/exit turnstile for farecards alongside a fenced off old cashiers booth with its own corridor from when it was a part time staffed entrance (when all CTA entrances had to be staffed).
Photos 1-14 taken on 17 July, 2009, 15-35 on 3 August, 2012

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Approaching the station
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Modern sign above the doors into the station house
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Starting down the ramp to the platform
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Looking back up the ramp towards the main entrance
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The end of the paint peeling platform
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The bottom of the long ramp up to the station entrance
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The peeling columns still have blue bands on them, this paint scheme is no longer used
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A column sign
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A modern platform sign with arrows for the two exits
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The blur of #3127 entering
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A Train with some ads for American Airlines stop in the station
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#3097 starts to leave the station
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Freight cars parked outside a factory across from the station
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#2607 starts to enter
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Staircase to the secondary exit to Circle Avenue
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Hooper cars at the factory
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Last Updated: 5 October, 2012
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