Chicago Surface Lines 9020

Dave's Electric Railroads

Built in:1921 by J.G. Brill Company (ord#21272)
Out-of-service/Retired:1970 (1930)
Type of car:streetcar (center entrance trailer)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Chicago Surface Lines 9020
Chicago experimented extensively with trailer operation; although about 100 trailers were built in the early 1920's, within a decade it had been decided that the experiment was a failure. All trailers were retired by 1935. Many, among them 9020 - a typical example - were converted into storage sheds at the various CSL yards. Car 9020 served as a shed for over three and a half decades at 77th & Vincennes yard before it was acquired by ERHS in 1970, by which time it was the last Chicago trailer left. It was moved immediately to IRM at Union and was formally donated to IRM in 1973, when ERHS dissolved. The car has never been operated, as IRM lacks a car equipped for hauling trailers, but it is complete and on display.

Ownership History:Chicago Surface Lines #9020 1921-1947 / Chicago Transit Authority #9020 1947-1970 / 1st preserved by Electric Railway Historical Society 1970-1973 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1973-present

Facts and Figures

Status:displayed inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:DE
#Seats:62#Wheels/Conf.:8 (2-2)Total HP:0
Trucks:Brill 67FBrakes:Straight AirCompressor
MotorsVoltage (if not 600DC)


Used as storage 1934-1970