Chicago’s ‘L’ network is not only an integral part of the city’s infrastructure, but it’s truly an iconic system that has helped to shape the city and provide the nickname for Chicago’s central business district. And to celebrate its big 125th birthday yesterday, the CTA rolled out a pair of vintage rail cars dating back to 1923 for passengers to ride on.
Rail cars #4271 and #4272 are a part of the CTA’s heritage fleet of 4000-series cars. But these cars weren’t the only ones the CTA rolled out for the big celebration yesterday. Rail cars from the 2400 series, which were built in 1976, also joined in on the fun. The CTA was also distributing free posters commemorating the event to the lucky few who were able to snag one.
Let’s hope this isn’t the last time these lovely old machines get put to work. But until then, here’s a look at the cars from the 4000 series and 2400 series carrying passengers around the Loop.
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To celebrate 125 years of the 'L', @chicagosmayor joined us for a ride on our heritage 4000-series cars from downtown to Garfield! Want to see or ride these cars? They'll be running around the Loop shortly! transitchicago.com/125 #cta #cta70 #chicago #chicagohistory #transit #publictransit #publictransport #rapidtransit #trains #railways
Happy 125th to the Chicago 'L! [ :@EricAllixRogers] pic.twitter.com/uARxJ56WZt— Chicago Patterns (@chicagopatterns) June 6, 2017
1923 train set to celebrate 125 years of the L! pic.twitter.com/yaBD2VRZGO— Daniel Kay Hertz (@DanielKayHertz) June 6, 2017
- 125th Anniversary of the ‘L’ [CTA]
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