Chicago Surface Lines 4021

Built in:1936 by St. Louis Car Company (ord#1602)
Out-of-service/Retired:1985 (1956)
Type of car:streetcar (PCC, prewar)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Chicago Surface Lines 4021
This car is the only surviving Chicago prewar PCC. It was part of only the third order for production PCC's but was nonstandard because it was longer and wider than typical PCC's, had three sets of doors instead of two, and was designed for two-man operation. The 83 prewar PCC's mostly ran on Madison Street in Chicago until the early 1950's, when they were all rebuilt for one-man operation and transferred to the Cottage Grove line. They were retired in 1956 but 4021 was retained by CTA in its historic streetcar collection, stored at the Lincoln carbarn. In 1985 most of the CTA historic collection was donated to IRM, and 4021 was moved to Union, repainted in its as-built color scheme and put on static display.

Ownership History:Chicago Surface Lines #4021 1936-1947 / Chicago Transit Authority #4021 1947-1956 / 1st preserved by Chicago Transit Authority 1956-1985 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1985-present

Facts and Figures

Status:displayed inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:SE
#Seats:61#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:220
Trucks:Clark B2Brakes:Air-ElectricCompressor:Gardner-Denver
Motors:WH 1432 (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)