Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113

Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113

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Chicago's Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 - 1947 CERA #113
 
Chicagos Rapid Transit Volume 1 Rolling Stock 1892 to 1947 CERA Bulletin #113.  
Hard Cover with dust jacket (has minor damge)
Copyright 1973   
248 pages
This is the first in a several-volume series of reference works on the equipment, facilities and operations of the elevated and subway system in Chicago, operation that began in 1892 on the South Side and spread to cover the bulk of the city and several suburbs in the intervening eighty years. No less than four divisions were involved in shaping the basic network, some intertwined financially, some independent. All four-South Side, Metropolitan, Northwestern, and Lake Street, were loosely "consolidated" into an operating association in 1913 to facilitate through-routing, and were further amalgamated into the Chicago Rapid Transit Company in 1924. The entire property was combined with the Chicago Surface Lines (operator of the city's streetcars, trolley coaches and some motor buses) to become the publicly-owned Chicago Transit Authority in 1947; CTA subsequently purchased the Chicago Motor Coach Company in 1952 to unify virtually all local transit under a single management.
In the eighty years since the first "L" train steamed over the Congress to 39th Street right-of-way on the South Side, rapid transit in Chicago has meant the operation of about 2500 pieces of rolling stock, from the ornately-scrolled wood coaches of the 1890's to the air-conditioned stainless-steel cars of the 1970's. This volume will cover about half the total fleet-all cars built prior to the assumption of control by the CTA October 1, 1947. The next volume in this series will detail the remainder of the cars (post-1947) and will feature an engineer's eye view of rapid transit equipment in Chicago down through the years.
The groupings in this book are by division (South Side, Northwestern, Metropolitan, Lake Street, followed by cars purchased by the combined system), further broken down in numerical order, with post-1913 numbers used as references to avoid confusion in duplication of road series. Each group is referenced to its purchaser, with subsequent owners and road numbers then indicated. The technical specifications follow, with overall dimensions also indicated, along with pertinent notes, car plans and photographs.

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