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Electric Work Equipment

CSL 1930 Chicago Surface Lines F305
CSL 1930
Chicago Surface Lines F305
Description:Double-truck snow plow

Equipment Information

Chicago Surface Lines F305 is the only surviving snow plow from the Chicago streetcar system. It was built in the CSL shops in 1930 using the frame of an obsolete sprinkler car, a car designed to spray water on dirt streets to reduce dust. As a snow plow, CSL F305 cleared snow from the streetcar tracks and streets in Chicago into the 1950s.

Builder: Chicago Surface Lines
Year Built: 1930
Length: 45ft 4in
Width: 7ft 8in
Height: 11ft 10in
Weight: 72000 lbs
Brakes: Straight Air
Motors: 4 GE 80A
Control: K28
Compressor: A4 / Other
Trucks: McGuire
Description: Double End / Double Truck / Snow Plow
Arrived: 1973
Condition: Complete / cosmetically restored / not operational

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Ownership History
1930-1947 – Chicago Surface Lines
1947-1960 – Chicago Transit Authority
1960-1973 – Electric Railway Historical Society, Downers Grove, IL
1973-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL