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sabino86
Dec 27, 2006, 9:42 PM
Some of you may have been to the awesome site www.nycsubway.org. Here are some cool pictures I found of MARTA in it's infancy:

http://images.nycsubway.org/i21000/img_21663.jpg
MARTA train on the bridge over the Downtown Connector (only 6 lanes too) between Georgia State and King Memorial Stations on the East Line (August 10, 1979).

http://images.nycsubway.org/i21000/img_21659.jpg
Westbound train at Omni Station on the West Line (December 1981).

http://images.nycsubway.org/i21000/img_21652.jpg
Train at Avondale Station on the East Line (August 9, 1979).

http://images.nycsubway.org/i21000/img_21664.jpg
Train in the Avondale Yard Shop (December 1981).

http://images.nycsubway.org/i21000/img_21661.jpg
Train at North Avenue Station (December 1981).

Anyone have other pics of MARTA in its early days (1970-1985)?

BnaBreaker
Dec 28, 2006, 6:45 PM
NICE! MARTA is so funktified. I love it.

martarider
Dec 28, 2006, 8:57 PM
Cool pics.

Here are a few scans from an old promotional brochure published in the mid-1980s as Phase I of the rail system was wrapping up construction. The quality isn't great but they're still fun to look at.

Front and back covers:

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263596/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263598/original.jpg


North Ave station u/c, built concurrently w/ Southern Bell Tower:

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263608/original.jpg


Cool shot of P'tree Center station u/c at bottom:

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263601/original.jpg


Contruction shot of the subway:

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263607/original.jpg


Several East Line stations upon completion. I love the narrative talking about how they "blend in well" with the surrounding historic neighborhoods. This was when MARTA's concrete fortress approach to station design was at its peak.

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263600/original.jpg


Once upon a time MARTA cars had padded seats:

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263603/original.jpg


Shots of the control center, and an old fishbowl bus:

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263605/original.jpg


Finally, some proto-TOD @ Ga State station. Cool skyline view as well (note how Midtown is nearly non-existent):

http://www.pbase.com/martarider/image/72263610/original.jpg

galaca
Dec 28, 2006, 9:09 PM
Those pics are great! It's amazing to me how forward thinking Atlanta was, but now...:shrug:

MSP
Dec 29, 2006, 1:47 AM
Interesting thread. Too bad MARTA hasn't been expanded very much since back in the 80's and I know the north line was extended a little bit. Hopefully that will change in the future.
When the Hiawatha LRT line opened in Minneapolis a couple of years ago(we had no rail-transit prior to that) I got my hands on the book that came out with the grand opening showing how it was built. I look forward to showing it to my grandkids in the future.

Justin10000
Dec 29, 2006, 1:50 AM
The network is essentially complete, as planned isn't it?

sabino86
Dec 30, 2006, 12:15 AM
Cool pics.

Here are a few scans from an old promotional brochure published in the mid-1980s as Phase I of the rail system was wrapping up construction. The quality isn't great but they're still fun to look at.

Front and back covers:




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