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  1. The CTA just posted an opportunity for the public to participate in a day-long charter trip with the 4000-series cars. They partnered with Fox River Transit Museum to raise funds for the CTA's Historic Fleet. Here is the press release CTA posted on their Facebook page: "Join us for a special fundraiser to support preservation and restoration of historic Chicago transit equipment! Ever wanted to ride vintage 1920s ‘L’ cars in their native environment, but without crowds or waiting in line, while also supporting the preservation of those cars and others like it? The CTA and the Fox River Trolley Museum (FRTM) invite you to join them for an special day-long trip aboard CTA’s 1923-vintage railcars 4271-4272, the crown jewel of the CTA’s vintage vehicle collection, to support the preservation efforts of the CTA Heritage Fleet Program and the Fox River Trolley Museum. The fundraiser trip will take place Saturday, May 11, 2019, and begin at Linden at 9am. The day-long trip will see the Heritage 4000-series cars visit the North Side main line, Loop, 63rd and Harlem ends of the Green Line, the Pink Line to 54th, and the Orange Line to Midway, the photography opportunities along the way. Each ticketed rider will have a seat for the entire trip. Tickets are $150 per person, in advance. Tickets are sold first-come, first-served, and are limited in quantity. Proceeds from the ticket sales go to support the CTA Heritage Fleet Program and Fox River Trolley Museum. Tickets are nonrefundable. These special, nearly-century old rapid transit cars have been lovingly maintained, and exude a vintage charm that always brings a smile to the faces of those who see them. Riding them on the ‘L’, as they were originally enjoyed, is a singular and unforgettable experience. They are only used for a few events each year, so this is a rare opportunity, especially to have the train to yourself and a small group of guests, all while helping assure the cars and others like them are preserved for future generations to enjoy—don’t miss out! Buy your tickets here! https://www.dynamicticketsolutions.com/frtm/index-responsive.cfm?pgfn=list&template_ID=13&DateDetail=2019-05-11&fbclid=IwAR0Kewmpd1nNySk81C9eJBqqKZZWuzdg-j67GxFhTnof_IuRO7iYSf2hPbw About the Heritage Fleet Program: The CTA Heritage Fleet Program is designed to preserve and celebrate CTA’s history. The program, established in 2016, was created to ensure that our vintage buses, rail cars and other equipment are preserved and maintained so they can be remembered and enjoyed through charters and events held for the public. The program is supported by revenue generated by CTAgifts.com(our online gift shop), while repair and upkeep of the vehicles is provided through the generous volunteer work of CTA employees, retirees, and industry experts. More info: https://www.transitchicago.com/heritagefleet/ About Fox River Trolley Museum: The Fox River Trolley Museum is a not-for-profit, founded in 1961, dedicated to the preservation Chicago's electric railway heritage and interpretation of the lines' colorful history. All workers at the museum are volunteers. The museum operates its demonstration railway, a remnant of the old Aurora Elgin & Fox River Electric Co. interurban (inter-city) rail line, on Sundays from Mother's Day through the end of October, Saturdays in July and August and on three major in-season holidays -- Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. More info: https://www.foxtrolley.org" ### Here is the link to the original post: https://www.facebook.com/thecta/posts/2255797637843180?__tn__=K-R
  2. Front pages of local newspapers today boasted plans for a massive development site planned to be built over the 18th St. Metra Station by soldier field/ museum campus. Article links below. One particularly interesting aspect of this project is the developer's plans for a massive transit center. They mention linking the Orange Line... I can't see how since Roosevelt is pretty west from this planned site! From the Tribune: "One Central would create a massive transit center that would bring together CTA, Metra and Amtrak trains, as well as bus station and a bus or tram route on an existing access road along train tracks between the McCormick Place convention center and the Loop." From the Sun-Times: "Metra rail lines, Amtrak, the CTA Orange Line and a so-called “Chi-Line” along an under-used dedicated busway would all come together in one location. With trams or buses, Chicago would finally have its elusive downtown “circulator” linking McCormick Place, the Museum Campus, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and downtown hotels" https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ori/ct-biz-one-central-economic-impact-ryan-ori-20190416-story.html https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/chicagoland-chamber-commerce-one-central-project-metra-soldier-field-museum-campus/
  3. Here's an interesting screenshot from the above trailer... I wonder why they decided to rename Sheridan to Thorndale! Also what's up with the duct tape on the sandbox? Regardless, should be an interesting show.
  4. Thanks for the pics. Do you think Jeff Park looks better because its touted as an entire "transit center" whereas Belmont is just a normal station entrance/bus turnaround?
  5. From a nostalgic point, I agree. I miss the variety in older series consists that the green, pink, and red lines used to see. All-5000's gets boring real quick.
  6. Looks like we might have found an explanation for your sighting:
  7. Looks like car 2347 has been extensively modified by Goose Island into a mobile beer trailer! Currently on display at the Chicago Auto Show. Pics and more info courtesy of the Chicago L Facebook page ...
  8. I mean, hey— I did mention that I’m not really a bus guy 🤷‍♂️. @artthouwill, thanks for the info.
  9. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PetroleYUM/permalink/1857359031042962/ Not really a bus guy but came across this on facebook. CTA bus spotted 800 miles away in the mountains of New York. Any ideas what it’s doing out there? Below is a screenshot of the post just in case the link doesn’t work.
  10. Last week, they were filming some sort of TV show or movie using 4 2600's on the NSML. They were running on track 1, back and forth between Wilson and Morse. The head car had its right side windows papered over with some sort of green screen. Perhaps these were the four seen in laid up in the Howard Yard recently? I have attached some photos below. (Also on a side note-- anyone know what they may have been filming?)
  11. Where can we access these slow zone maps?
  12. Perhaps because I recorded it "vertically" via my smartphone, and the computer seems to prefer horizontal videos
  13. It has been going southbound from Howard to some unknown point down the NSML, then coming back up on the same track ~15 minutes later, pretty much everyday around 11:00am for the past week. Here is a video I took of it crossing Sheridan Road off Devon ave. Any ideas why? IMG_5131.MOV
  14. The cta hastily made an announcement ~24 hours ago via Twitter with a link to a page on their website. Rides were to be organized via tickets that could be RSVP'd for online, which quickly sold out. Sad to hear that it was later canceled.
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