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West Chicago Street Railroad 4

West Chicago Street Railroad 4 is the oldest electric car at IRM. Its early history is obscure but it was built in 1895, when many streetcar lines in Chicago were still operated by cable cars, and remained in service into the mid-1910s, after which it was stored for potential emergency

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Chicago Surface Lines 144

Chicago Surface Lines 144 is the archetype of the classic Chicago streetcar. It is an “Old Pullman,” one of 600 identical cars built for Chicago in 1908. For decades this type served as the stereotypical Chicago streetcar. It was designed for Pay As You Enter (PAYE) fare collection, with passengers

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Chicago Transit Authority 460

The classic Chicago streetcar was epitomized by the “Old Pullman,” a deck-roof wooden car design of which Chicago had 600 examples. Chicago Transit Authority car 460 is one of those cars and is one of two “Old Pullmans” preserved at IRM. These cars were used all over the city but

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Milwaukee & Suburban Transport 350

M&ST 350 is an electric trolley bus built by Pullman-Standard at its plant in Worcester, Massachusetts. It is typical of hundreds of Pullman-built trolley buses used in many large cities in the United States. Builder: Pullman-Standard Year Built: 1947 Model: 44CX Seats: 44 Length: 38ft Width: 8ft 6in Height: 10ft

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City Transit 435

Trolley buses in Dayton, Ohio, have a long and rather unusual history. One of six private streetcar companies in the city, the Dayton Street Railway Co., suffered a car barn fire in 1932 that destroyed most of its fleet. It borrowed cars from other companies to get by, but falling

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Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle 633

San Francisco’s cable cars (streetcars pulled by a constantly moving cable beneath the street) are legendary. But hilly Seattle also had a cable car system, and was the last American city to abandon their use, in 1940. Recognizing the trolley bus’s ability to climb hills easily, it was chosen as

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Cleveland Transit System 874

Trolley bus 874 started its life far from Cleveland, in New England. Pullman-Standard, Chicago’s huge railcar builder, had purchased a plant in Worcester, Massachusetts, and built trolley buses there. This bus was built there as number 1418 for United Electric Railways in Providence, Rhode Island. After only a few years,

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Chicago & North Western (CGW) W52

CGW W52 is a railroad flat car assigned for use with a crane, in this case North Western 6363. Flat cars used for this purpose were known as “idlers” because they didn’t carry anything but simply “sat idle.” The idler’s purpose is to provide a buffer underneath the boom of

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Chicago & Illinois Midland X117

C&IM X117 is a railroad “camp car,” a car used as a rolling bunkhouse for maintenance-of-way workers. Camp cars were typically moved to a siding near a work site and parked there until the job was done, providing workers with nearby accommodation. Car X117 was originally constructed as a passenger

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Chicago Rapid Transit 2888

Chicago Rapid Transit 2888 is a wood-bodied ‘L’ car built for the Metropolitan-West Side Elevated, a predecessor to CRT. It is one of only two cars from the “Met” preserved and is an example of the most modern cars that the MWSE operated. Builder: Pullman/Pullman-Standard Year Built: 1906 Seats: 47

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