CTA just released it's 2019 calendar and features 2200 Series Cars 2273-74 for month of December.
A four-car train of 2200-series cars, headed by car #2273, is berthed at the former Randolph/Wells station on the Loop Elevated for a special event. An order of 150 cars built by the Budd Company between 1969 and 1970 were purchased by the City of Chicago as part of a grant that also funded the construction of the Dan Ryan and Kennedy extensions. The design was intentionally boxy and rectilinear, as well as all-stainless steel, to harmonize with the International architectural style utilized by designers Skidmore Owings and Merrill for the Kennedy and Dan Ryan (KDR) stations. These cars were the first in CTA’s fleet to feature fluted stainless steel bodies, thereby eliminating the need for painting. The passengers were treated to large picture windows, and charcoal grey padded vinyl seats. They also were the last of the CTA rail car fleet to feature blinker-style doors. Unlike the rather troublesome air conditioning systems of the previous 2000-series cars, the air conditioning systems of the 2200-series was located entirely under the cars, thereby providing even distribution throughout each car. After their mid-life rebuild between 1990 and 1992, the windows were replaced with sash that included hopper-style windows that could be opened if the air conditioning failed. In the refit, the interior lighting, originally accomplished through backlighting the advertising cards along the top of each side wall, was replaced with single rows of long fluorescent light fixtures while the ad sash was replaced with solid metal, unlit fixtures. External speakers were added at the sides of the passenger doors; later, in the early 2000s, the operator cabs were extended to the full width of the car to support one-person transit operation. Even as the cars aged, their streamlined designs blended well with the later series of cars, never appearing as dated or out of style as some car series did. With the retirement of the last of the 2200-series cars in August of 2013, these cars had faithfully served the CTA for forty-three years. Car #2273 pictured here, and its mate #2274, are still held by CTA, awaiting assessment for possible addition to the agency’s Heritage Fleet. Cars #2347-2348 have been preserved and operate at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL.