Chicago Transit Authority 45

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:Fox River Trolley Museum(South Elgin, Illinois)

Car History by Frank Hicks

Chicago Transit Authority 45
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 45 was assigned to the Evanston line for virtually its entire 33-years of operating on the CTA. Retired in 1993 along with the rest of its series, car 45 spent most of the next five years in storage but did see occasional service. It was acquired by ETER in 1998 when the 1-50's were put up for sale as that organization's representative 1-50 series car; later it was joined by two other cars and was painted in 1970's Mint Green and Alpine White CTA colors. The car was sold to FRTM in late 2009 and moved to South Elgin in November of that year.

Ownership History:Chicago Transit Authority #45 1960-1998 / 1st preserved by East Troy Electric Railroad 1998-2009 / Fox River Trolley Museum(South Elgin, Illinois) 2009-present

Facts and Figures

Status:stored inoperableGauge: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)