SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) — Can you imagine people by the dozens leaving a CTA ‘L’ train and telling the crew, “Thank you?” It happened Saturday as hundreds of people jammed the CTA’s antique 90-year-old ‘L’ train, and the transit agency celebrated the 50th birthday of the Skokie Swift.
Riders cheerfully filled the seats and stood in the aisles, swapping stories about rides on the Swift, also known as the Yellow Line, which links downtown Skokie with the Howard ‘L’ terminal.
Among those on hand was Bruce Anderson, who was motorman of the first Skokie Swift train in 1964, and was one of those running the antique two-car train Saturday. He worked at the CTA’s Skokie repair shops 50 years ago and helped prepare ‘L’ cars for the new line. He said he’s not sure why the project manager, future CTA Executive Director George Krambles, chose him to run the first train. But he said no one was prepared for the crowds that jammed the line the first day of service.