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  1. Neat story and video - with architect's plan on 2541 - probably behind the Trib paywall - but - fascinating. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-cta-train-car-logan-square-apartment-met-0408-20160407-story.html Video shows lifting car into place and the conceptual plan for use of the car. Old 'L' car the place to mingle at new Logan Square apartments Bob
  2. Does The CTA Holiday Train Have To Be A Nightmare To Ride? Interesting article on the holiday train - chicagoist.com http://chicagoist.com/2015/11/24/does_the_cta_holiday_train_have_to.php Bob
  3. I think the locations are designated 25 and 26 in the map on the link below. http://www.irm.org/tour/propertymap.html Bob
  4. Sorry that you've had to cancel this trip. I know that lots of work goes into planning, publicizing and organizing. Thanks for your hard work!!! For those of us who want to donate to preserve the 2200's, 2400's and ??? at IRM - how do we designate contributions? Thanks
  5. The appeal seems to be broader than to house just the current collection "We have a large fleet of 20 trolley coaches, 9 motor buses with more of both on the way." Bob
  6. IRM is fundraising for an additional trolley bus/motor bus garage. IRM Motor Bus / Trolley Bus Garage "The Illinois Railway Museum Bus Departments (Motor Bus & Trolley Bus) are actively seeking donations to build an additional garage. We have a large fleet of 20 trolley coaches, 9 motor buses with more of both on the way." http://www.gofundme.com/mlfvx4 Bob
  7. Has anyone with knowledge contacted the motor bus curator at IRM? Maybe its a question of $$$? One of the problems with large items for preservation is housing them in necessarily large buildings. Without taking them out of the weather they rapidly deteriorate - and the cost of moving them, acquiring them is wasted. Does IRM currently have available inside storage for motor buses? Bob
  8. 2153 and 4 are on the roster - and photo albums show their last in service "silver" paint scheme. http://www.irm.org/cgi-bin/rsearch.cgi?rapid=Chicago+Transit+Authority=2153 http://www.irm.org/cgi-bin/rsearch.cgi?rapid=Chicago+Transit+Authority=2154 I think you may be referring to 2007/8 which were painted in pullman green - as "SouthSide Elevated" 1892-1992. These cars are at IRM - I believe - but their stated intent is to scrap these for parts. Probably more information than that required - but - from the Hicks data base - http://www.bera.org/pnaerc.html 2007 HISTORY Chicago Transit Authority 1964 Pullman-Standard (ord#7025) rapid transit car (half of married-pair set) stored inoperable steel AR SE 48'0" 9'4" 12'0" 47400# 47 1999 (1992) 4'8.5" 8 (B- 400 CTA-1 [GE 1250K1 (4)] GE SCM-B2C Electric n/a Chicago Transit Authority #2007 1964-1999 / 1st preserved by Pullman Historic Site 1999-2013 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 2013-present Paired with #2008; lettered South Side Rapid Transit #1892; to be scrapped 2008 PHOTO PHOTO HISTORY Chicago Transit Authority 1964 Pullman-Standard (ord#7025) rapid transit car (half of married-pair set) stored inoperable steel AR SE 48'0" 9'4" 12'0" 47400# 51 1999 (1992) 4'8.5" 8 (B- 400 CTA-1 [GE 1250K1 (4)] GE SCM-B2C Electric n/a Chicago Transit Authority #2008 1964-1999 / 1st preserved by Pullman Historic Site 1999-2013 / Illinois Railway Museum(Union, Illinois) 2013-present Paired with #2007; lettered South Side Rapid Transit #1992; to be scrapped
  9. Restoration of CTA 2153/4 in process at IRM. Kudos to the IRM volunteers. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z6bksWpTer0/VNFtj0BP2kI/AAAAAAAATOA/eSHB6NAjC4w/s1600/IRM%2B20150203%2B007%2B(1280x1014).jpg Bob
  10. The CTA does run charters for events - not just failfan specials. What's the seating in a 5000 compared to a 2400? I think the 2400 seating configuration is more appropriate for events/charters than the bowling alley seating of a 5000.
  11. Could the CTA be keeping the 8 2400s for charters/events because of their seating configuration - as compared to the 5000's? Bob
  12. The most amazing statement in the press release is that this perhaps isn't the farewell! "2400-series cars used in the retirement ceremony will become part of CTA’s historic rail car fleet, and will be used for special events and paid charters." Looks like these 8? cars could be around for sometime. It's also interesting to note that the Historic fleet (now 2 4000 series cars) could be greatly increased in size. Bob
  13. Not speaking for IRM - I'm not a working volunteer -- There are 5 4000 series cars all in seemingly better condition than the car advertised. Perhaps this could be a parts source but the pictures look like the car is pretty dilapidated. Better IRM should spend volunteer time and $$ on cars already at Union. IRM has done a fantastic job of preserving Chicago rapid transit history with its limited resources. The recent adds of 2000, 2200, and 2400 series cars, exemplifies their commitment to preserving Chicago history. I would think that the advertised car would become another car stored outside that becomes more decrepit with time. 5 4000's is probably all that is warranted considering the collection. Best to spend time restoring the 1024 (24) (see the Hicks blog) than get a new 4000 that would require a huge amount of work to even stabilize. You can't and shouldn't save everything! Bob
  14. I hope that IRM will gets one or two sets of the decals for its 2 cars. bob
  15. A blog post at http://hickscarworks.blogspot.com/2014/07/chip-off-old-anticlimber.html?showComment=1406776972110#c7125030143531956106 indicates that 2433 and 2434 have a new home at IRM. Bob
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