This 1935 CSL brochure shows experimental pre-PCC car 7001 and one of the 100 “Sedans,” which were then only six years old.
We continue our celebration of Chicago streetcars with several more great and rarely seen pictures. We managed to find another picture showing track work at Clark and Van Buren in 1954, and we’ve added it to a previous post on that subject that we made back in February.
Since we know some of you are also bus fans, we’ve thrown in a couple pictures of Chicago’s trolley coaches. While we have managed to identify most of these locations, there are a few that still need to be identified. If you can help with more information, don’t hesitate to contact us, either via a comment, or to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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When this was published in 1935, free transfers between Chicago’s streetcars and the “L” were a new thing.
CTA streetcars 225 and 4406, in fantrip service, at Broadway and Ardmore on October 21, 1956., with 6000s on the “L” in the background.
CTA streetcars 225 and 4406, in fantrip service, at Clark and 16th on October 21, 1956. By this time, streetcars were only being used on weekdays on the busy Clark-Wentworth line, so the fantrip cars did not really get in the way of the replacement bus service being offered by CTA.
CTA 4309 prepares to leave the nicely landscaped Clark-Arthur loop and head south on route 22.
CTA 7009 and follower at the loop at 63rd Place and Narragansett.
CTA 7015 at 63rd and Central Park.
CTA 4031 on 63rd Street.
Jeff Wien writes, “CTA 4275 at Clark and Devon turning east onto Devon on route 36: Broadway-State.”
CTA 7024 at the Central Park wye on the 63rd Street route.
Jeff Wien writes, “PCC 7165 is a route 49 Western pullout from Devon Station (Clark and Schreiber). Car is pulling off of Clark onto Devon to head west and south along Western to 79th St. In back of photo one can see the wall of the Ridge Theater that later became a part of the Clark-Devon Hardware Store.”
Jeff Wien writes,”CTA 7148: Clark-Devon looking north from just south of Devon: route 22.”
CTA 7186 southbound on Western. Not sure of the exact location.
CTA 4049 on that section of Cottage Grove that ran parallel to the Illinois Central electric suburban service (now Metra). The ad of the side of the PCC, advertising the Mickey Spillane film “The Long Wait,” currently playing at the Woods Theater, dates this photo to between about May 19 and June 14, 1954.
Cottage Grove near 98th as it looks today. This is where the streetcar ran on private right of way.
CTA 4015 at Cottage Grove and 115th, the south end of the line.
115th and Cottage Grove today.
Eastbound CTA 194 passes Wieboldt’s department store, which was located at about 850 W. 63rd Street, on May 1, 1952.
850 W. 63rd Street as it looks today.
CTA 188 heads west on 63rd Place near Austin during the summer of 1952. By this time, red cars had replaced PCCs on 63rd.
63rd Place and Austin today. We are facing west.
CSL 4051, with experimental door arrangement, leaves the Milwaukee-Imlay loop circa 1940-41. (Stephen D. Maguire Photo)
CTA 7057 turning onto Halsted from Waveland. (George Snyder Photo)
CTA trolley bus 470 heading eastbound at Lawrence and Western.
Lawrence and Western today.
A CSL trolley coach, from a 1935 brochure.
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