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Unearthed Film Shows Incredible Views From The Earliest Days Of The CTA

CHICAGO — Some of the earliest looks at Chicago Transit Authority "L" trains and buses can be seen in a recently unearthed Chicago Film Archives video.

The CTA began operating on Oct. 1, 1947, and the film archives' video shows trains and buses from 1948-1970, traveling all over Chicago. Some of the nearly 16-minute video is in color, with cameras on the very fronts of trains just a foot or two off the tracks. The video shows trains above and under ground, and others stopping at stations.

It also shows how Chicago looked Downtown from the trains' vantage points and how the city changed as trains ventured toward its outskirts.

The camera views are pretty cool, especially the ones near the tracks and between CTA cars. The videographers come within inches of what appear to be buildings in Lakeview as well.

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