CA&E Mystery Photos – Part 1

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(Editor’s note: You can find the answers here.)

This month marks 58 years since the fabled Chicago, Aurora & Elgin interurban suspended passenger service in the middle of the day, stranding thousands of commuters who had taken it downtown that morning. Although there were efforts to save the railroad, or parts of it, after that fateful July 3rd in 1957, it all came to naught.

This important railroad, which ran downtown over the Chicago Transit Authority‘s Garfield Park “L” until September 1953, was abandoned in 1961 and has been turned into the Illinois Prairie Path. Several of its railcars were saved, and by far the best collection of them can be found at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, where they are operated frequently.

To celebrate the memory of the CA&E, we are sharing many great color photos with you. This is the first of two parts, and another batch will be posted on the 15th.

Although I can figure out several of the locations myself, I thought it would be best to get our readers involved, for I know there are many of you who enjoy figuring these things out. Therefore, we will have another mystery photo contest.

Tell us where these pictures were taken, if you can. In some cases it may not be possible to determine an exact location.

But besides that, give us some other interesting information about what you see. As usual, by clicking on each photo with your mouse, you can bring up a larger version in your browser.

Please refer to each image using the number provided in the caption. The contest deadline is midnight Chicago time on July 20th. The rest of the photos will be posted tomorrow (15th).

You can send us your submissions as comments to this post, or by e-mail to:

thetrolleydodger@gmail.com

Thanks.

-Ye Olde Editor

PS- The contest winner will be the one who gives us the best overall submission. The prize will be a copy of our Railroad Record Club #35 and 36 compact disc, which includes vintage audio from both the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin and the CTA Garfield Park “L”. You will find this and much more in our Online Store.

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Finishing The Rest of the Story

CSL 4001 in service on route 22 Clark-Wentworth.

CSL 4001 in service on route 22 Clark-Wentworth.

Our new e-book Chicago’s PCC Streetcars: The Rest of the Story is finally 100% finished. The discs are being made, and all current orders will be shipped within the next couple of days. (Editor’s note: all orders have now been shipped as of July 12th.)

We know that many of our devoted readers have been patiently awaiting this new work. We kept finding more new things to add, in our quest to give you, the reader, the maximum value for your $19.95 investment.

One addition was a tribute to the late Alan R. Lind, author of Chicago Surface Lines: An Illustrated History. The book is dedicated to him.

Several important photographs recently came to light, and these have been added to the book. Some are reproduced here in this post, and they are significant additions.

These include a rare photo of experimental CSL car 4001 in revenue service. There are very few such pictures, since this streetcar (now at the Illinois Railway Museum) was, in the words of Frank Hicks, a “hangar queen.” Since this car was different than any other that CSL had, a dedicated crew was assigned to it, and apparently proved rather temperamental to operate.

By comparison, car 7001, built by J. G. Brill, saw more use and was much closer to the eventual design used for the PCC streetcar starting in 1936. It is somehow ironic that Brill never built any PCCs. The firm had a policy of not paying royalties to other companies, and their “Brilliner” was a failure in the marketplace. Few were sold.

Another last-minute addition is a photo showing CSL prewar PCC 4021 in service. This is the only survivor from the prewar fleet, and 4021 is now preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum.

Chicago’s PCC Streetcars: The Rest of the Story includes my 59-page essay of 18,571 words, covering various Chicago PCC topics, including the mysterious 1937 “Green Book” that some claimed formed the blueprint for the Chicago Transit Authority; the CTA’s 10-year modernization program; transit unification; the red ink of the the CTA’s early years; an important 1951 consultant report that recommended keeping the PCCs, converted to one-man operation; how the 1952 purchase of the Motor Coach Company seems to have played a role in the decision to get rid of the PCCs; how the math of the PCC Conversion Program just doesn’t add up; and much more.

There are special sections with more than 325 rare high-quality images, none of which appear in the recently published CERA Bulletin 146, Chicago Streetcar Pictorial: The PCC Car Era, 1936-1958. We urge everyone to purchase a copy of this important book, the most important book about Chicago streetcars to be published in the last 40 years, if you have not already secured your copy. You can purchase it online directly from CERA.*

Our new e-book comes on a single DVD data disc and is playable on any computer using Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free download.

In addition to the text and pictures, there is more than 3,500 pages of bonus material, including 176 different historical newspaper and magazine articles, and several entire complete research books. You can read all the CTA Annual Reports from 1945 to 1976, the entire 12-volume Metropolitan Transit Research series by Chicago Transit Board member Werner W. Schroeder, various other 1950s CTA publications, the CTA 10-Year Modernization Plan, the 1941, 1948, 1952 and 1954 track maps, and much more.

This e-book should appeal to anyone interested in Chicago’s PCC streetcars. It gives what the late Paul Harvey used to call the “rest of the story.”

You can purchase your copy for just $19.95 from our Online Store using either PayPal or a debit or credit card. Shipping within the United States is free.

We thank everyone for their patience in waiting for the completion of this new addition to the slender shelf of Chicago streetcar publications.

Every dollar you spend on our products goes to help cover the costs of doing this important original research. We have other exciting new projects in the works. Besides buying our products, you can also make donations via our Online Store.

Many people tell us how much they enjoy this blog, and the pictures and videos we present. With your help, we will continue to give you more great images, and the stories behind them.

We thank you for your support.

-David Sadowski

*Trolley Dodger Press is not affiliated with Central Electric Railfans’ Association.

CTA 7267 heads southbound on route 36 in August 1954. The location is around 1100 N. State Street, and we are looking north.

CTA 7267 heads southbound on route 36 in August 1954. The location is around 1100 N. State Street, and we are looking north.

1100 N. State Street as it looks today.

1100 N. State Street as it looks today.

CTA 4016 pulls into the terminal at Western and 79th on route 49.

CTA 4016 pulls into the terminal at Western and 79th on route 49.

CTA 4015 near the south end of the Cottage Grove line.

CTA 4015 near the south end of the Cottage Grove line.

CTA 4011 northbound on private right-of-way around Cottage Grove near 99th Street on route 4.

CTA 4011 northbound on private right-of-way around Cottage Grove near 99th Street on route 4.

Cottage Grove and 99th Street today. We are looking north.

Cottage Grove and 99th Street today. We are looking north.

Union Street Railway 610, an Osgood-Bradley “Electromobile,” built in 1929, shown in New Bedford, MA.

Union Street Railway 610, an Osgood-Bradley “Electromobile,” built in 1929, shown in New Bedford, MA.

A New York “Bluebird” articulated compartment car in service in 1949.

A New York “Bluebird” articulated compartment car in service in 1949.

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CTA articulated set 5002 in April 1949, in Garfield-Westchester service. George Foelschow says, "5002 is shown eastbound on CA&E owned track between Austin and Central with the wilds of Columbus Park in the background. The track map indicates a crossover and the interchange track with the B&OCT. Note the switch stands."

CTA articulated set 5002 in April 1949, in Garfield-Westchester service. George Foelschow says, “5002 is shown eastbound on CA&E owned track between Austin and Central with the wilds of Columbus Park in the background. The track map indicates a crossover and the interchange track with the B&OCT. Note the switch stands.”

CTA trolley bus 9754 at the west end of the Irving Park route.

CTA trolley bus 9754 at the west end of the Irving Park route.

CTA 4006 in the turnaround loop at 63rd Place and Narragansett.

CTA 4006 in the turnaround loop at 63rd Place and Narragansett.

The current CTA bus loop at 63rd Place and Armon Schmidt Road (Narragansett).

The current CTA bus loop at 63rd Place and Armon Schmidt Road (Narragansett).

A CTA handout from 1948. These were put on transit vehicles in a holder marked “read as you ride.”

CSL 4021 at Madison and Canal in the 1940s. The only prewar Chicago PCC that survives, this car is now preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum. (B. H. Nichols Photo)

CSL 4021 at Madison and Canal in the 1940s. The only prewar Chicago PCC that survives, this car is now preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum. (B. H. Nichols Photo)

CTA 4409 heads north on State near Harrison on route 36, July 22, 1955.

CTA 4409 heads north on State near Harrison on route 36, July 22, 1955.

CTA 4035 heads south at Clark and Harrison on route 22 in the mid-1950s.

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The finished product.

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The 2015 Trolley Pageant @IRM

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The annual Trolley Pageant (some call it a Parade) at the Illinois Railway Museum is always a festive occasion, made more so this year by falling on July 4th. So this year, we helped celebrate our country’s freedom by riding many historic railcars at IRM.

Of special note is Indiana Railroad lightweight interurban car 65, the very first piece of equipment purchased by the museum back in 1953. Between last year and this, car 65’s unique “bucket” seats were marvelously reupholstered. According to the train operator, the job cost $20k and the Car 65 fund is still in the red because of this. I’m sure the museum would welcome donations to help cover the expense.

IR 65 also made a rare trip or two out on the trolley loop. The speedy interurban is almost always used on the main line, even though, being single-ended, it has to back up for half the trip.

As always, the volunteers at IRM do a great job, and are both friendly and knowledgeable.

IRM had six generations of Chicago Transit Authority rapid transit cars on display at various times around 50th Avenue station– woods, 4000s, single car units, 2000s, 2200s, and 2400s. There were even two trolley buses (both from Seattle) operating.

July 3rd was the 59th anniversary of that unfortunate moment when the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin unexpectedly quit passenger service in the middle of the day, stranding thousands of commuters who had to scramble to find a way home. The Illinois Railway Museum, with its unique collection, had no less than three different two-car trains of CA&E cars scheduled to operate Saturday.

Since this is the museum’s 62nd anniversary, here are 62 pictures taken on July 4th. We hope that you will enjoy them.

If you have never been to the museum, it’s well worth a trip.

-David Sadowski

Here is how the trains were scheduled to run:

2015 Trolley Parade – Main Line Schedule
CA&E 36-319 10:30 AM
CRT 1797/1268 10:45 AM
1630 Coach 11:00 AM
CA&E 409/431 11:30 AM
CTA 4290/4412 11:45 AM
CA&E 308-309 12:00 PM
CTA 41/30 12:15 PM
IRR 65 12:30 PM
CNSM 251-749 12:45 PM
1630 Coach 1:00 PM
CNSM 229 1:30 PM
CTA 2153/2154 1:45 PM
IRR 65 2:00 PM
TM D13 Cabooses 2:15 PM
Demo Freight 2:25 PM
CTA 2200s 2:45 PM
1630 Coach 3:00 PM
CSS 1100 3:15 PM
TM D13 Cabooses 3:45 PM
CSS 1100 4:15 PM
CTA 41/30 4:45 PM
1630 Coach 5:00 PM
CTA 4290/4412 5:30 PM *
CRT 1797/1268 6:00 PM *
*Extra trains, operate as needed based on crowd or send back to barn from 50th

2015 Trolley Parade – Car Line Schedule
CWT 141 Morning
CTA 1374 Morning
CTA 4391 All Day
VC 19 Afternoon
IT 415 Afternoon
CTA 3142 Morning

2015 Trolley Parade – Trolley Bus Service
Milwaukee Marmon 441 (however, Seattle 633 was used instead)
Seattle MAN Artic 4020

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More Chicago Streetcars

This 1935 CSL brochure shows experimental pre-PCC car 7001 and one of the 100 "Sedans," which were then only six years old.

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: thetrolleydodger@gmail.com

-The Editor

PS- If you enjoy seeing these classic photographs, we can use your help. Check out our online store, where you can purchase our compact discs and electronic books. Our latest, Chicago’s PCC Streetcars- The Rest of the Story, ships this week and contains more than 3,500 pages of useful material plus hundreds of photographs, plus track maps and essays.

You can also make a donation to The Trolley Dodger if you support our continuing original research. We thank everyone who has helped us.

When this was published in 1935, free transfers between Chicago's streetcars and the "L" were a new thing.

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 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 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.

Here is another photo showing track work at Clark and Van Buren on July 17, 1954. We've added this to ten others we posted back in February. You can find that post at: https://thetrolleydodger.com/2015/02/12/track-work-clark-van-buren-1954/

Here is another photo showing track work at Clark and Van Buren on July 17, 1954. We’ve added this to ten others we posted back in February. You can find that post at: https://thetrolleydodger.com/2015/02/12/track-work-clark-van-buren-1954/

CTA 4309 prepares to leave the nicely landscaped Clark-Arthur loop and head south on route 22.

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 7009 and follower at the loop at 63rd Place and Narragansett.

CTA 7015 at 63rd and Central Park.

CTA 7015 at 63rd and Central Park.

CTA 4031 on 63rd Street.

CTA 4031 on 63rd Street.

Jeff Wien writes, "CTA 4275 at Clark and Devon turning east onto Devon on route 36: Broadway-State."

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.

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, “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."

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 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.

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.

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.

CTA 4015 at Cottage Grove and 115th, the south end of the line.

115th and Cottage Grove today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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 7057 turning onto Halsted from Waveland. (George Snyder Photo)

CTA trolley bus 470 heading eastbound at Lawrence and Western.

CTA trolley bus 470 heading eastbound at Lawrence and Western.

Lawrence and Western today.

Lawrence and Western today.

A CSL trolley coach, from a 1935 brochure.

A CSL trolley coach, from a 1935 brochure.

Our new E-book Chicago's PCC Streetcars - The Rest of the Story ships this week.

Our new E-book Chicago’s PCC Streetcars – The Rest of the Story ships this week.