Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Stunt Train

Whenever there's a movie set in Chicago, there always seems to be a fight between the hero and the forces of evil on top of the el, our elevated mass transit trains (that actually run both underground and on the surface at various points). I noticed that unlike regular els, the trains in the movies always have a little platform or stage on top that the other el cars don't have.

On my way to work, I change trains at the Howard station, going from the Red Line to the Purple Line, which runs through Evanston. The Yellow Line, which has only two stops, at Howard and in Skokie, also stops there. A couple of weeks ago, I realized that the sole train used for the Skokie Swift has the movie platform on top of it. I figured this was as good a time as any to try out the camera on my new phone. Yes, I've been dragged kicking and screaming into this decade. But it's good to know that I always have a camera handy; you never know when you'll run into a movie star.

7 comments:

Bubs said...

Too bad no one was having a karate fight on top of it when you took the picture

Distributorcap said...

watch out --- that phone camera gets addictive.....

'Bubbles' said...

I hate to admit it, but whenever I say, "Damn, I forgot my camera." A kid has to remind me my phone is one. (Then I have to see if I remembered to bring the phone...)

Skylers Dad said...

But did you win the fight?

GETkristiLOVE said...

Is that dude a movie star? Wow, I must be out of the loop.

Tenacious S said...

Are you sure it's a movie platform? Part of the Skokie Swift line runs on the ground through town and so they have to use rigging to get the power supply from lines over the train instead of on the ground, like the buses in SF. I guess I always thought the platform was a base for the overhead power equipment.

Johnny Yen said...

Bubs-
I kept looking for Steve McQueen. Do you remember the fight on top of the el in "The Hunter?"

Distributorcap-
Yes, I can see how it could be.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the pictures from the camera phone.

Bubbles-
Isn't it great how kids are there to remind us of all those things? Makes you want to keep them around for a while.

Skyler's Dad-
Nope-- Chuck Norris did, like he always does.

Kristi-
It was actually George Clooney in a really good disguise.

TenS-
I'm pretty sure that's what it's for. A couple of days later, they had another train that had no platform, running.

Do you remember the old electric buses in Chicago? I remember seeing the sparks when they hit a the junctions. My brothers and I thought it was so cool!