Chicago Transit Authority 30

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Built in:1960 by St. Louis Car Company (ord#1804)
Out-of-service/Retired:1998 (1993)
Type of car:rapid transit car (PCC elevated car)
Current Owner:Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Chicago Transit Authority 30
Between 1950 and 1959, the CTA took delivery of 670 rapid transit cars of a type generally known as 6000's. The 6000's used modern PCC trucks and control equipment and nearly all extensively used remanufactured components from scrapped Chicago PCC streetcars, which lent them a distinctive look with their small standee windows. The first 620 cars were numbered 6001-6720 and were arranged in permanently-coupled ("married") pairs, but for the last fifty cars CTA chose a more traditional layout. The final 50 cars, numbered 1-50, were single units with an operating cab at each end and designed for one-man operation. This capacity for one-man operation suited the 1-50 series cars to more sparsely-used routes. Car 30 was originally assigned to the West-Northwest line but in 1967 was reassigned to the Skokie Swift, where it remained for the remainder of its service life. Retired in 1993 along with the rest of its series, car 30 spent most of the next five years in storage but did see occasional service. It was also the only 1-50 series car which did not have its Skokie Swift pantograph removed, retaining that into its museum life. One of two 1-50 series cars acquired by IRM in 1998, car 30 has been in revenue service at Union since that time.

Ownership History:Chicago Transit Authority #30 1960-1998 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 1998-present

Facts and Figures

Status:operated occasionallyGauge:4'8.5"
Construction:aluminum/steelRoof type:AREnded:DE
#Seats:46#Wheels/Conf.:8 (B-B)Total HP:220
Trucks:St Louis B3Brakes:ElectricCompressor:n/a
Motors:WH 1432LK (4)Voltage (if not 600DC)