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Budd 1969 Chicago Transit Authority 2243
Budd 1969
Chicago Transit Authority 2243
Description:Arch-roof stainless steel high-performance

Equipment Information

Chicago Transit Authority 2243 is a stainless steel-bodied ‘L’ car built as part of the 2200-series of “high performance” elevated cars. The 2200s were built for service on the then-new Dan Ryan line, now the south end of the Red Line, but in later years were usually used on the Blue Line. They were the first CTA cars built out of stainless steel, a material used for all ‘L’ cars built since, and the last CTA cars built with “blinker” doors. Car 2243 is permanently coupled to identical car 2244 to form the only preserved set of 2200s.

Builder: Budd
Year Built: 1969
Seats: 42
Length: 48ft
Width: 9ft 4in
Height: 12ft
Weight: 47400 lbs
Brakes: Electric
Motors: 4 GE 1250K1
Control: GE SCM
Trucks: Budd Pioneer III
Description: Single End / Double Truck / Arch Roof / Stainless
Arrived: 2013
Condition: Complete / unrestored / operational

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Ownership History
1969-2013 – Chicago Transit Authority
2013-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL