Leave No Station Unphotographed: The Blog of SubwayNut.com


Kenosha Metra and Streetcar

I’m on a bit of a Metra Binge right now, trying to get every Metra station I’ve photographed up on the web, some with a narrative. On Sunday, October 3o, 2011 on a Weekend Day Pass I headed up to Kenosha for a few hours to ride the streetcar, it was raining so not too many pictures. I did make an actual SubwayNut page for the streetcar instead of just posting some photos here. I hope to return to Kenosha at some point and ride the streetcar some more (they have a streetcar day in September, maybe next year I’ll have a chance to take a long commuter train ride from South Bend to attend):


Metra Electric Local Stops 87th Street to 107th Street


This update is the final five Metra Electric local stops that I’ve photographed (next bike season my top priority for Metra bike rides is finishing the South Shore Line and Metra Electric Service):



63rd St Metra, and starting the small single flag stops: 75th-Grand Crossing, 79th St-Chatham, 83rd St-Avalon Park


In addition to finishing the South Chicago Branch, I’ve also visited what I feel is an impressive number (partially by bike, partially by walking/CTA buses) of the small Metra platforms on the mainline from 63rd Street (a slightly larger stop with two platforms) south. Here is a start:

Enjoy! (with more stations on this line to come since I’ve visited every stop down to 107th Street)


All Stations on the Metra South Chicago Branch

The Metra Electric South Chicago branch, feels like a line that should be more of an urban light rail line with frequent service since it runs at a grade and in some street medians through South Side Chicago neighborhoods than a Commuter Rail line with trains just hourly during off-peak hours (and infrequent Sunday and evening service). I did it twice, road it once out to 93rd Street back in 2012, and biked the rest of it in 2016.

Here are it’s 8 stations:



Driving to Columbus, OH via Waterloo, and Bryan

I drove to Columbus, OH a few weeks ago to visit relatives. On the way there I went a slightly more circuitous route via US-6 (there’s no all on superhighways route to Columbus, OH from South Bend anyway), to make two Amtrak station stops within 25 miles of each other:


Albion and Troy, Michigan Amtrak Stations

In March I had to go to Troy, Michigan for a training, and visited it’s new Amtrak Station (which replaced the Birmingham Station just 1,000 feet north of the new platform) and stopped at Albion for a leg stretch break on the way. One stop is historic, one is super modern!


Metra 27th,47th,51st,53rd Stations

In this update I continue south down the Metra Electric District. There are a few missing holes which I’m going to need to go and fix on future trips to Chicago. For 18th Street was photographed and the photos lost. I’m amazed I’ve gotten a bunch of smaller Metra stops by bike but haven’t gotten off the South Shore Line at 57th Street.

In this update:


Millennium Station, Van Buren St, and Museum Campus

In New York City, two major missing stations are Grand Central and Penn Station, they’ve been on-again off-again projects that I just can’t seem to figure out a good way to fully process and finish. Now that I live in South Bend and ride the South Shore Line (or Amtrak) into Chicago with some regularity I decided I wouldn’t let those stations get the same treatment. This update is off the 3 stations in downtown Chicago the South Shore Line (and Metra Electric) arrive into. There not that many photos as of yet (I honestly thought after nearly a year and a half living here there would be more) and a bunch are from years ago before I ever thought I’d be living in South Bend. I’m hoping making the stations pages now will serve as a place to dedicate myself to getting more pictures of the jaunts I take into Chicago:



Flying to Maine on the Opening Day of the new Washington/Wabash ‘L’ Station

I booked (expensive) plane tickets on United’s non-stop service to Bangor, Maine a couple of months ago for Louise and I to go to family wedding (and to eat lobsters) on August 31. A few weeks before I was reading up on Chicago ‘L’ happenings and discovered we’d be transiting in downtown Chicago from the South Shore Line to the Blue Line out to O’Hare on opening day of the CTA’s newest station. Timing between the South Shore Line schedule and our United Flight was such that we had a good extra hour so an ever slight detour to the station on our way to the airport was clearly in order.

The day started with me working from 7:00am to Noon to conserve vacation time before I got picked up by Louise (and her Dad to take the car home) for the short drive to the South Bend Airport South Shore Station. We got to the airport with plenty of time for the 12:49 train. From there it was the long, two-and-a-half-hour but uneventful ride on the always single-level (to South Bend) South Shore Line ride into Chicago. Wanting to pick up sandwiches at a place Louise knew about, we got off at Van Buren Street, bought a sandwich for the rest of our CTA to Plane to rental car long journey to Maine, and walked to the loop.

We got to the loop and walked under Wabash to the new Washington/Wabash(37 Photos) station.


With a rolling suitcase we decided to take the elevator (the escalator wasn’t working yet) to the mezzanine. At first I thought there were two elevators for all 3 levels until we got closer when I realized there were two elevators in the same shaft one street to mezzanine, and one mezzanine to platform. The street elevator had a button for a lower level, perhaps it’s additional access to the Chicago Underground Pedway. We didn’t try pushing it. The elevator smelled nice and new.


Once on the mezzanine we re-loaded the Ventra Card and entered fare control. Some neat murals line a large non-public area area in the middle of the mezzanine between the staircases up to the platforms.


We then headed up to the platforms, where a train was approaching. With plenty of time before our flight we let this Green Line go so I could get plenty of photos of the new station.


Eventually we got on a Brown Line train for the 3 stop (today 2 stop) ride to Clark/Lake. I got some photos of the strip maps (the individual line map with just Washington/Wells, the system map with both) as our train stopped at Randolph/Wabash after a less than 1 minute ride from the new station (this stop closed three days later).

We got off at Clark/Lake. From the outer loop platform at Clark/Lake it was a down the switchbacks of 3 escalators and through a set of revolving doors before we finally reached the Blue Line platform(2 Photos). There I found the O’Hare departure monitors in the ceiling, but they have unfortunately been turned-off.

Then it was the long and jerky 17-stop Blue Line Ride out to O’Hare Airport . We got there at 3:47 with plenty of time for our 5:45pm non-stop flight to Bangor, Maine.

With PreCheck security was easy. The flight was non-eventful and arrived in Bangor 15 minutes early. Although we pulled up to a gate in the small international portion of the Bangor Airport and had a creepy walk through an odd sterile corridor that felt like it a mixture of abandoned and under construction to finally get to the airport exit. It was an easy check into our rental car (where we were upgraded to minivan, which proved extremely useful) and we made it to Gouldsboro at 10:30pm.

The wedding was fun. Although, on the way back there was no train and transit adventure. In the strange-way expensive airfares work it was cheaper to add on the joke (our flight flew 139 miles to go what is 84 miles direct) puddle-jumper flight from O’Hare to South Bend with an almost 4 hour layover. Luckily the we were able to stand by for an earlier flight from ORD to SBN Free of Charge so we had a more reasonable layover (and gave up sitting together).

Even though I haven’t fully visited the Second Avenue Subway yet, at least the newest CTA station is here!

Dyer, IN Amtrak and Chicago Amtrak Yards

I haven’t had much of a train summer. I haven’t even been on a non-tourist train since June. I’m also currently transitioning computers, (anyone know what program can display my Aperture 2 Photo library on Windows?) to a new PC desktop from the 2009 MacBook that I’m still working on this website on. There were two small sets of photos I took in June that I’m ready to share.

I had to drive to Chicago to make a late evening O’Hare pick-up (after the last trains and buses to South Bend leave at 9:15pm) and stopped for the Amtrak platform in (23 Photos), I unfochunately I missed the day’s New York-bound Cardinal .


Earlier in the month I was in Chicago with my bike and had an excellent ride viewing the Amtrak yards from the various road bridges that pass over them. Don’t quite know where these would be filed long-term in my stations page scheme of my website so consider this a “bonus” blog photo share: