CERA member and author Bruce Moffat will recount the story of Chicago’s Lake Street “L.” Originally promoted by
legendary Chicago “boss” Michael Cassius McDonald as a steam-powered monorail line, it quickly earned the moniker
“Mike’s Upstairs Railroad.” Eventually built as a conventional elevated railroad powered by steam, the line was
soon electrified and was operated with a variety of equipment. Bruce will recount the many facets of the Lake Street
“L” history—its early development, operations, relocation of the line west of Laramie to the C&NW embankment
in 1962, and the line as it operates today as part of CTA’s Green Line. Join us for an entertaining and informative program.
Notice to CERA Members: Anyone attending CERA monthly programs must be a paid member of CERA for 2019. Members will show their cards at the door or their names can be checked in the membership data base. Paid CERA members may bring a guest. Memberships will be sold at the door by credit card or check, no cash, but admission will be restricted to CERA members only.