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Streetcars

St Louis 1905 Chicago Surface Lines 1374
St Louis 1905
Chicago Surface Lines 1374
Description:Double-end deck-roof PAYE

Equipment Information

Chicago Surface Lines 1374 is a “Matchbox,” so nicknamed because it was a small streetcar by Chicago standards. At one time more than 300 cars identical to this ran throughout Chicago, mostly on lightly-traveled lines that did not enter the Loop. Car 1374 was converted to a salt spreader in the late 1940s and IRM volunteers spent some 15 years in the 1970s and 1980s restoring it to its condition while in regular operation in Chicago.

Chicago Surface Lines 1374 Details

Builder: St. Louis Car Company
Year Built: 1905
Seats: 36
Length: 41ft
Width: 8ft 6in
Height: 11ft 4in
Weight: 46000 lbs
Brakes: Straight Air
Motors: 4 GE 80A
Control: K28
Compressor: A4
Trucks: StL 47
Description: Double End / Double Truck / Deck Roof / Wood
Arrived: 1973
Condition: Complete / restored / operational

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CSL 1374 Ownership History

1905-1908 – Chicago Union Traction #4903
1908-1914 – Chicago Railways
1914-1947 – Chicago Surface Lines
1947-1958 – Chicago Transit Authority #AA63
1958-1973 – Electric Railway Historical Society, Downers Grove, IL
1973-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL