Shaker Heights Rapid Transit Line, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER OH-4
Building/structure dates: 1920 initial construction
Significance: The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit is the oldest segment of the larger regional transportation system. The Shaker Heights system was the only electric railway system to use the Union Terminal Tower Complex from the 1930s to the 1950s.
Van Sweringen, Mantis J.
Van Sweringen, Oris P.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view showing Green Road, end of the line turnabout at Shaker Blvd. Line. In the distance can be seen graded right-of-way, with poles, for 1937 expansion that was never constructed.
2. General view of Depressed right-of-way, Shaker Rapid Transit mainline, constructed ca. 1920.
3. View of reinforced concrete and through truss eleveated right-of-way, Shaker Rapid Transit, at E. 80th St in Cleveland. Constructed ca. 1920.
4. View of repair pits in interior of Kingsbury Car Shops, Shaker Rapid Transit.
5. General view of Lynnfield Station, Van Oken Line, Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. 1920's; now an antique store.
6. General view of typical original equipment on Shaker Rapid Transit Line ca. 1920s on a siding at Kingsbury Car Shop and yard.
7. View showing tracks, reinforced concrete tunnel north of Shaker Rapid Transit car yards, Kingsbury Run, Cleveland.
8. General view of Shaker Car Barns, Shops, and yard, Sideway Avenue Suspension Bridge in Background. View looking south.
9. Warrensville Center Road Loop, Shaker Boulevard Line of Rapid Transit, 1936.
10. Shaker Rapid Transit Tracks on Cleveland city streets, East Side, prior to opening of sub-grade tracks into Terminal Tower project, 1927.
11. Van Aken Boulevard Line at Drexmore Road, Shaker Rapid Transit, 1956.
12. Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio, showing initial clearing of land on southwest side of square for Union Terminal Tower project, 1924.
13. Detail of construction of retaining wall along sub-grade right-of-way between Moreland Circle and downtown Cleveland, picture taken during construction, 1919.
14. Sub-grade right-of-way for Shaker Rapid Transit, west of Shaker Square (Moreland Circle), at time of construction, circ. 1920.
15. Arched, concrete bridge along elevated right-of-way of Shaker Rapid Transit through the east side of city of Cleveland, labelled: 'View Toward West Along Northerly Side Arches at E. 90th St. and Westerly.' 1914. 16. 'Construction trains in right-of-way in Shaker Boulevard. View from Woodhill Road.' Construction of sub-grade right-of-way on east side of city of Cleveland, just west of Shaker Square (Moreland Circle). 1915
17. Steam construction trains along construction of sub-level right-of-way through east side of Cleveland, just west of Shaker Square (Moreland Circle): 'Working in cut of Shaker Boulevard East of Woodhill Road; Steam Shovel filling train of dump cars'. 1915
18. Construction technique, detail, bridges along elevated right- of-way of Shaker Rapid Transit through east side city of Cleveland. 'Showing use of Pyrobar to decrease load of bridge (East 81st Street); the Pyrobar is shown placed on wet concrete. Workmen at left are finishing laying concrete over pyrobar.' 1915
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