Open thread: Post your CTA Holiday Train photos


Santa rides the train outside! Photo by CTA. 

Every November and December the Chicago Transit Authority operates the Holiday Train, a revenue service train with a flatbed car and a brave Santa Claus (brave because he rides outside!).

The experience has become very popular in Chicago, akin to the cachet of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree in New York City. Saturday was the final day of operation for 2012.


No space is left un-transformed for the special ride. This spot is usually reserved for service changes and announcements. Photo by CTA. 

See more photos by the CTA on their Flickr.


The Holiday Train passes over the Wabash Avenue bridge. Photo by Drew Baker. 


People wait to board the Holiday Train at the Forest Park Blue Line station. Photo by Jeff Zoline. 

Post a link to your photos in the comments.

Grid Shots: The CTA’s holiday train

The Chicago Transit Authority’s holiday train began service the day after Thanksgiving last month and continues through December 22, 2011. You pay the same CTA fare to ride it; find where it will run next on the holiday train webpage. The next run is Wednesday, December 7, 2011, on the Pink Line (see the detailed schedule). All photos are from frequent Grid Chicago contributor, Jeff Zoline.


The holiday train at 63rd/Ashland on the Green Line East/63rd branch.  Continue reading Grid Shots: The CTA’s holiday train