Chicago Transit Authority 2007


Built in:1964 by Pullman-Standard (ord#7025)
Out-of-service/Retired:1999 (1992)
Type of car:rapid transit car (half of married-pair set)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Chicago Transit Authority 2007 & 2008
One of only two sets of CTA 2000-series "L" cars in existence is this married-pair set. The CTA designed the 2000's as fully modern rapid transit cars, unencumbered by the restrictions that were placed on the 1950's-vintage 6000's by using components from scrapped PCC streetcars. The 2000's used newly-designed GE control systems, modern body styling with sculpted fiberglass ends and aluminum sides and framing, and were the first "L" cars in Chicago with air conditioning. They did, however, use the same married-pair design as the 6000's. Though they were fairly successful they ran for fewer than 30 years, most of that time being spent on the Lake Street and Dan Ryan lines. In 1992, when the 2000's were being retired in favor of the new 3200-series cars, set 2007-2008 was repainted in a special livery of Pullman green with gold striping and a red roof. It was lettered "South Side Rapid Transit 1892-1992" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the construction of Chicago's first elevated line. Afterwards the set was stored for several years until in 1999 it was earmarked for display at the Pullman Historic District on Chicago's south side. Those plans have fallen into limbo and the set's future is uncertain; it is currently in dead storage at the CTA Skokie Shop facility.

Ownership History:Chicago Transit Authority #2007 1964-1999 / 1st preserved by Pullman Historic Site 1999-2013 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 2013-present

Facts and Figures

Status:stored inoperableGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:steelRoof type:AREnded:SE
#Seats:47#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:400
Motors:[GE 1250K1 (4)]Voltage (if not 600DC)


Paired with #2008; lettered South Side Rapid Transit #1892; to be scrapped