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Now that the #5000's are in service, soon we will be retiring #2400's. Here's a list of there in service dates, retirement dates and related info. I had to generalize a few dates, but as I continue to research I'll update what I find. I'll also be updating the retirements here as well. (last updated 11/22/15 @ 12:03 AM)

  • #2401-02 (prototype) in service 8/31/76 (see a at bottom of page for more info); put in work train service at Harlem Yard (Green line) 4/1/14 no longer in revenue service until 5/27/14 when they went back in work train service at Howard yard where they saw limited use on the Purple line in service up to late 6/14; since have been used in a work car only capacity
  • #2403-04 (prototype) in service 8/31/76 (see a for more info), put in work train service at Harlem Yard (Green line) 4/1/14, no longer in revenue service until 5/27/14 when they went back in work train service at Howard yard where they saw limited use on the Purple line in service up until late 6/14, since have been used in a work car only capacity
  • #2405-06 in service late 1976, put into work train service 4/1/14
  • #2407-08 in service late 1976, put in work train service at Harlem Yard (Green line) 4/1/14, no longer in revenue service until 6/13/14 when they went back in work train service at Howard yard where they saw limited use on the Purple line in service for about 2 weeks after 6/13/14; since they have strictly been for work car use.
  • #2409-10 in service late 1976, put in work train service at Harlem Yard (Green line) 4/1/14, no longer in revenue service until 6/13/14 when they went back in work train service at Howard yard where they saw limited use on the Purple line in service for about 2 weeks after 6/13/14; since they have strictly been for work car use.
  • #2411-12 in service late 1976, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2413-14 in service late 1976/early 1977, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2415-16 in service late 1976/early 1977, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2417-18 in service late 1976/early 1977, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2419-20 in service spring 1977, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2421-22 in service spring 1977, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2423-24 in service spring 1977, put into non revenue work train service 6/14/14
  • #2425-26 in service 5/77; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2425 on 4/30/14 and #2426 on 4/29/14
  • #2427-28 in service 5/77; put on long term hold 5/14/14, retired 6/14/14 sent to Duke scrap #2427 on 7/17/14 and #2428 on 7/14/14
  • #2429-30 in service 5/77; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2429 on 3/27/15 and #2430 3/26/15
  • #2431-32 in service 6/77; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2531 on 4/23/14 and #2432 on 4/22/14
  • #2433-34 in service 6/77; put on long term hold midway yard 6/10/14; selected as the IRM car; #2434 was moved there on 7/29/14 and #2433 on 7/30/14
  • #2435-36 in service 6/77; sent to Skokie Shops 1/15; sent to Duke scrap #2435 on 1/21/14 and #2436 on 1/22/14
  • #2437-38 in service 6/77; put on long term hold 4/14; sent to Duke scrap #2437 on 6/18/14 and #2438 on 6/17/14
  • #2439-40 in service 6/77; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2439 on 4/16/14 and #2440 on 4/17/14
  • #2441-42 in service 7/77; sent to Skokie Shops 1/15; sent to Duke scrap #2441 on 1/15/15 and #2442 on 1/14/15
  • #2443-44 in service 7/77; put on long term hold 5/14; sent to Belson scrap #2443 on 5/15/14 and #2444 on 5/16/14
  • #2445-46 in service 7/77; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2445 on 5/20/14 and #2446 on 5/21/14 (last to Belson)
  • #2447-48 in service 7/77; unit removed from service 8/3/79; authorized by CTA for retirement 12/21/82, held in storage as of 9/6/83 (still on property as of 9/30/85), eventually scrapped to Pielet 7/23/86 (see b for more info)
  • #2449-50 in service 7/77; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2449 on 4/2 and #2450 on 4/1/15
  • #2451-52 in service 7/77: sent to Skokie Shops between 10-17-23/14; sent to Duke scrap #2451 on 10/14 and #2452 on 10/15/14
  • #2453-54 in service 7/77; sent to Skokie Shops between 10-17-23/14; sent to Duke scrap #2453 on 11/3/14 and #2454 on 10/31/14
  • #2455-56 in service 8/77; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/23-24/14; was used for the farewell #2400's train on 1/21/15
  • #2457-58 in service 8/77; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2457 on 5/12/14 and #2458 on 5/19/14
  • #2459-60 in service 8/77; sent to Skokie Shops 1/15; sent to Duke scrap #2459 on 1/19/15 and #2460 on 1/20/15
  • #2461-62 in service 9/77, put on long term hold 4/14; sent to Duke scrap #2461 on 6/5/14 and #2462 on 6/6/14
  • #2463-64 in service 9/77; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2463 on 4/14/14 and #2464 on 4/15/14
  • #2465-66 in service 9/77; sent to skokie shops 8/19/14 sent to Duke scrap #2465 on 10/9/14 and #2466 on 9/2/14
  • #2467-68 in service 9/77; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2467 on 3/26/15 and #2468 on 3/23/15
  • #2469-70 in service 9/77; #2470 was retired 2/24/05 cars damaged by fire at 37th Center Track on Green Line on 2/24/2005; car 2469 held in storage, repaired, re-paired with car 2504 on 5/24/2006 and returned to service; 2470 likely to be retired 2/24/2005 due to severe damage (see d for more info); #2469 paired with #2504 put on long term hold 4/14; #2470 sent to Acme refining 10/12/11
  • #2471-72 in service 10/77, unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2471 on 11/18/13 and #2472 on 11/15/13
  • #2473-74 in service 10/77; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2473 on 3/17/15 and #2474 on 3/16/15
  • #2475-76 in service 10/77; put on long term hold 4/14; sent to Duke scrap #2475 on 6/23/14 and #2476 on 6/20/14
  • #2477-78 in service 10/77; put on long term hold 5/14, since retired 6/14/14; sent to Duke scrap #2477 on 6/27/14 and #2478 on 6/30/14
  • #2479-80 in service 10/77; hauled away on a scrap truck 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2479 on 3/31/14 and #2480 on 3/28/14
  • #2481-82 in service 11/77; car 2481 damaged in fire at 61st Street Shops 8/3/79, authorized by CTA for retirement 12/21/82, held in storage as of 9/6/83 (still on property as of 9/30/85), eventually scrapped; 2482 converted to training car at Hawthorne Training Center, re-paired with car 2531 into a mismatched pair and returned to service (see b for more info) For info about #2482 in the post Aug/1979 timeframe info see c; #2481 was sent to Pielet for scrapping 7/23/86
  • #2483-84 in service 11/77; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; both cars sent to Belson scrap 1/16/14
  • #2485-86 in service 11/77; put on long term hold 11/21/13; sent to Belson scrap #2485 on 3/26/14 and #2486 on 3/27/14
  • #2487-88 in service 11/77; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2487 on 12/27/13 and #2488 on 12/30/13
  • #2489-90 in service 11/77; was sent to Skokie Shops before the 2014 rodeo 9/13/14; storing for now; was used for the farewell #2400's train on 1/21/15
  • #2491-92 in service 12/77; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 10/2013; sold and removed 10/13/13 to UNICOR FPI (Federal Prison Industries)
  • #2493-94 in service 11/79; Unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 10/18/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2493 on 1/9/14 and #2494 on 1/3/14
  • #2495-96 in service 11/79, put into work train service 4/1/14 at Harlem Yard (Green line), no longer in revenue service, was authorized for scrap 5/23/14; sent to Duke scrap #2495 on 6/12/14 and #2496 on 6/16/14
  • #2497-98 in service 11/79; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; both cars sent to Belson scrap 2/27/14
  • #2499-#2500 in service 11/20/79; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Duke scrap #2499 on 5/30 and #2500 on 6/3/14 (first to Duke)
  • #2501-02 in service 1/78; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2501 on 5/14/14 and #2502 on 5/13/14
  • #2503-04 in service 1/29/78; car 2503 removed from service in 5/2003 due to a leaky roof, retired and scrapped; car 2504 re-paired with car 2469 on 5/24/2006 and returned to service (see d. for more info about #2504); #2504 paired with #2469 put on long term hold 4/14; #2469-#2504 sent to Duke scrap #2469 on 10/22/14 and #2504 on 10/21/14
  • #2505-06 in service 2/78; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2505 on 3/12/15 and #2506 on 3/13/15
  • #2507-08 in service 2/16/78
  • #2509-10 in service 2/17/78; sent to Skokie Shops between 10-17-23/14; sent to Duke scrap #2509 on 10/22/14 and #2510 on 10/21/14
  • #2511-12 in service 2/16/78; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2511 on 3/31/15 and #2512 on 3/30/15
  • #2513-14 in service 2/28/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 10/18/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2513 on 1/10/14 and #2514 on 1/13/14
  • #2515-16 in service 2/24/78; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2515 on 3/24/15 and #2516 on 3/25/15
  • #2517-18 in service 3/78; unit damaged in fire at 61st Street Shops in 8/79; retired and scrapped at lower 63rd yard 8/4/79 (see b for more info)
  • #2519-20 in service 3/78; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2519 on 3/19/15 and #2520 on 3/18/15
  • #2521-22 in service 3/22/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 9/5/2013; presumed scrapped
  • #2523-24 in service 3/24/78; put on long term hold 4/14; sent to Duke scrap #2523 on 7/18/14 and #2524 on 7/17/14
  • #2525-26 in service 3/24/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/27-28/14 for long term hold; taken off long term hold in 1/15; sent to Duke scrap #2525 on 1/2/15 and #2526 on 12/31/14
  • #2527-28 in service 4/3/78; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2527 on 5/6/14 and #2528 on 5/7/14
  • #2529-30 in service 4/12/78; put on long term hold 4/14; sent to Duke scrap #2529 on 7/29/14 and #2530 on 7/18/14
  • #2531-32 in service 4/6/78;unit damaged in a derailment at Howard Yard on 8/26/2000, stored at Skokie; 2532 retired as a result of damage from derailment and scrapped 4/15/15 to scrap services; 2531 repaired and re-paired with car 2482 into a mismatched pair and returned to service (see c for info on #2531); sent to Skokie Shops between 10-17-23/14; #2531-#2482 sent to Duke scrap #2531 on 10/24/14 and #2482 on 10/23/14
  • #2533-34 in service 4/25/78; retired 6/14/14; sent to Duke scrap #2533 on 8/11/14 and #2534 on 8/6/14
  • #2535-36 in service 4/20/78; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2535 on 4/9/14 and #2536 on 4/10/14
  • #2537-38 in service 5/1/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/27-28/14; was used for the farewell #2400's train on 1/21/15
  • #2539-40 in service 5/78; sent to Skokie Shops between 10-17-23/14; sent to duke scrap #2539 on 10/16/14 and #2540 on 10/17/14
  • #2541-42 in service 5/12/78; #2541 sent to PMG LS Investment LLC on 10/10/15; #2542 still at Skokie Shops
  • #2543-44 in service 5/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/27-28/14; was used for the farewell #2400's train on 1/21/15
  • #2545-46 in service 5/78; sent to skokie shops 8/19/14; sent to Duke scrap #2545 on 10/13/14 and #2546 on 10/10/14
  • #2547-48 in service 6/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/27-28/14; presumed scrapped; sent to Belson scrap #2547 on 1/12 and #2548 on 1/13/15
  • #2549-50 in service 6/78; long term hold since 3/14, retired 6/14/14, sent to Belson scrap #2549 on 8/4/14 and #2550 on 8/1/14
  • #2551-52 in service 6/78; vandalized 2/14, long term hold since 3/14, sent to Skokie Shops to scrap 5/21/14; sent to Duke scrap #2551 on 7/10/14 and #2552 on 7/11/14
  • #2553-54 in service 6/14/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2553 on 1/14/14 and #2554 on 1/15/14
  • #2555-56 in service 6/78; sent to Duke scrap #2555 on 12/18/14 and #2556 on 12/17/14
  • #2557-58 in service 6/22/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2557 on 11/21/13 and #2558 on 11/22/13
  • #2559-60 in service 8/2/78; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2559 on 5/1/14 and #2560 on 5/2/14
  • #2561-62 in service 7/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/23-24/14; sent to Duke Scrap #2561 on 12/23/14 and #2562 on 12/26/14
  • #2563-64 in service 7/78, retired 6/14/14; sent to Duke scrap #2563 on 10/30/14 and #2564 on 10/29/14
  • #2565-66 in service 7/19/78; put in work train service at Harlem Yard (Green line) 4/1/14, was authorized to scrap on 5/23/14; sent to Duke scrap #2565 on 6/10/14 and #2566 on 6/11/14
  • #2567-68 in service 7/78; put on long term hold 11/21/13; sent to Belson scrap #2567 on 4/8/14 and #2568 on 4/7/14
  • #2569-70 in service 8/9/78; put on long term hold 5/16/14; sent to Belson scrap #2569 on 8/6/14 and #2570 on 8/7/14
  • #2571-72 in service 8/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/23-24/14; sent to Duke scrap #2571 on 12/22/14 and #2572 on 12/19/14
  • #2573-74 in service 8/22/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; both cars sent to Belson scrap 2/7/14
  • #2575-76 in service 8/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013; sent to Belson scrap #2575 on 11/20/13 and #2576 on 11/19/13
  • #2577-78 in service 8/28/78; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; sent to Belson scrap #2577 on 4/25/14 and #2578 on 2/24/14
  • #2579-80 in service 9/78; unit moved from active service to the long-term hold list by early 2010; car 2579 retired 6/12/2011; car 2580 moved from active service to the long-term hold list by 6/5/2013, sent to Belson scrap #2579 on 11/25/13 and #2580 on 11/26/13
  • #2581-82 in service 9/78; sent to scrap metal services in Burnham, IL #2581 on 4/7/15 and #2582 on 4/6/15 (last cars to leave besides the final 10 cars)
  • #2583-84 in service 9/78;sent to Skokie Shops between 10-17-23/14; sent to Duke scrap #2583 on 10/28/14 and #2584 on 10/27/14
  • #2585-86 in service 9/22/78; put on long term hold 11/21/13; both cars sent to Belson scrap 4/4/14
  • #2587-88 in service 10/78; sent to Skokie Shops night of 10/23-24/14; sent to Duke scrap #2587 on 12/30/14 and #2588 on 12/29/14
  • #2589-90 in service 10/78; put on long term hold 11/21/13; both cars sent to Bel;son scrap 1/17/14
  • #2591-92 in service 10/16/78; put on long term hold 4/14 sent to Duke scrap #2591 on 7/30/14 and #2592 on 7/31/14
  • #2593-94 in service 10/24/78; put on long term hold 4/14, sent to Duke scrap #2593 on 6/25/14 #2594 on 6/24/14
  • #2595-96 in service 11/9/78; put on long term hold 11/21/13; sent to Belson scrap #2595 on 1/30/14 and #2596 on 1/24/14
  • #2597-98 in service 11/2/78; put on long term hold 11/21/13; sent to Belson scrap #2597 on 4/2/14 and #2598 on 4/1/14
  • #2599-#2600 in service 11/29/78; sent to Skokie Shops before 4/1/14; both cars sent to Belson scrap 2/20/14
  • a. prototypes #2401-#2404 ran in service on most lines for a 600 hour test (at least 2 months) before delivery began on the production cars.
  • b. On 8/3/79 a fire broke out at 61st shop, 6 cars inside the shop were destroyed. (#2517-18, #6367-68 and #6335-36) 3 cars outside the shop and next to it were also destroyed (#2481, #2447-48) Two more cars, #2479-80, were inside when the fire broke out and were saved by two signal personnel that had just completed the ATC. The shop was never rebuilt.
  • c. #2482 after the 8/79 fire became a training car at the federal training center and in the past has sporadically been paired with #2503. Currently the car has been paired with #2531 which occurred around the summer of 2002.
  • d. #2470 burned up 2/24/05 on the green line's 37th middle track, #2469 was paired with #2504 in the summer of 2006.

On 8/31/14 the final revenue trip ran in service on the Orange line for that morning's AM rush. The last revenue cars in service were: #2449-50, #2507-08, #2511-12, #2581-82

 

You can view pictures of the final revenue trip and the discussion including pictures of the event here: http://forum.chicagobus.org/topic/2587-2400-series-service-dates/?p=66460

 

 

On 1/21/15, the final farewell trip of #2400's ran around the loop for a media trip, and on the Brown and Red line to Ashland/63rd's pre 1993 routing, Sb over the elevated and NB into the state street subway. The 8 cars that ran the farewell trip were: #2455-56, #2489-90, #2537-38, #2543-44.

 

You can view the discussion, pictures of the event, brochures of the event including ceremonial pin, and links to more pictures starting here: (pages 6 to 9)

http://forum.chicagobus.org/topic/3465-2400-farewell/?p=69839

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Thanks to your post I now know what happened to the 61st St shop. :)

Actually, it wasn't the main 61st Street Shops that burned down in 1979. It was the "White House" inspection building that was used as a "bad order repair" facility at the time. That building was constructed mostly of wood and was adjacent to the main shop building.

The main 61st Street shops, which was constructed of brick and steel, wasn't torn down until February of last year (2010). At the end of its life, it housed a woodworking shop as well as handling maintenence work for non-revenue equipment such as snowplows and cranes.

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Thanks to your post I now know what happened to the 61st St shop. :)

I remember I used to see an M.A.N. Americana bus (don't know if it was as a "Work Bus", but it had all windows boarded up (red color board), last time I seen it was around 2004 on 62nd under Green Line Tracks.

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So 2493-2500 were actually built in 1979?

2493-2500 were actually built in late 1977, and were originally slated to receive a solid state chopper control that unit 2491-2492 was originally delivered to the CTA with. When tests discovered undesirable electromagnetic interference between the controls of 2491-2492 and the track signal circuits, 2491-2492 was returned to Boeing-Vertol for conversion back to the conventional cam package that the other 2400s were equipped with. 2493-2500 were still sitting at Boeing-Vertol all that time while 2491-2492 was tested, and the decision was made to convert 2493-2500 back to the conventional cam control while still at the Boeing-Vertol factory. Hence, 2493-2500 were sitting at Boeing-Vertol for nearly two years - and nearly one year after unit 2599-2600 had already been delivered to the CTA! This also explains why 2493-2500 received interior car numbers in Helvetica instead of the Univers used in cars numbered in the vicinity of 2493-2500.

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Now that the #5000's are in service, soon we will be retiring #2400's. Here's a list of there in service dates, retirement dates and related info. I had to generalize a few dates, but as I continue to research I'll update what I find. I'll also be updating the retirements here as well.

  • #2401-02 (prototype) in service 8/31/76 (see a at bottom of page for more info)
  • #2403-04 (prototype) in service 8/31/76 (see a for more info)

  • #2405-06 in service late 1976
  • #2407-08 in service late 1976

  • #2409-10 in service late 1976
  • #2411-12 in service late 1976

  • #2413-14 in service late 1976/early 1977
  • #2415-16 in service late 1976/early 1977

  • #2417-18 in service late 1976/early 1977
  • #2419-20 in service spring 1977

  • #2421-22 in service spring 1977
  • #2423-24 in service spring 1977

  • #2425-26 in service 5/77
  • #2427-28 in service 5/77

  • #2429-30 in service 5/77
  • #2431-32 in service 6/77

  • #2433-34 in service 6/77
  • #2435-36 in service 6/77

  • #2437-38 in service 6/77
  • #2439-40 in service 6/77

  • #2441-42 in service 7/77
  • #2443-44 in service 7/77

  • #2445-46 in service 7/77
  • #2447-48 in service 7/77 was retired 8/3/79 (see b for more info)

  • #2449-50 in service 7/77
  • #2451-52 in service 7/77

  • #2453-54 in service 7/77
  • #2455-56 in service 8/77

  • #2457-58 in service 8/77
  • #2459-60 in service 8/77

  • #2461-62 in service 9/77
  • #2463-64 in service 9/77

  • #2465-66 in service 9/77
  • #2467-68 in service 9/77

  • #2469-70 in service 9/77 #2470 was retired 2/24/05 (see d for more info)
  • #2471-72 in service 10/77

  • #2473-74 in service 10/77
  • #2475-76 in service 10/77

  • #2477-78 in service 10/77
  • #2479-80 in service 10/77

  • #2481-82 in service 11/77 #2481 retired 8/3/79 (see b for more info) For info about #2482 in the post Aug/1979 timeframe info see c
  • #2483-84 in service 11/77

  • #2485-86 in service 11/77
  • #2487-88 in service 11/77

  • #2489-90 in service 11/77
  • #2491-92 in service 12/77

  • #2493-94 in service 11/79
  • #2495-96 in service 11/79

  • #2497-98 in service 11/79
  • #2499-#2500 in service 11/20/79

  • #2501-02 in service 1/78
  • #2503-04 in service 1/29/78 #2503 retired May 2006 due to a leaky roof. (see d. for more info about #2504)

  • #2505-06 in service 2/78
  • #2507-08 in service 2/16/78

  • #2509-10 in service 2/17/78
  • #2511-12 in service 2/16/78

  • #2513-14 in service 2/28/78
  • #2515-16 in service 2/24/78

  • #2517-18 in service 3/78 retired 8/3/79 (see b for more info)
  • #2519-20 in service 3/78

  • #2521-22 in service 3/22/78
  • #2523-24 in service 3/24/78

  • #2525-26 in service 3/24/78
  • #2527-28 in service 4/3/78

  • #2529-30 in service 4/12/78
  • #2531-32 in service 4/6/78 #2532 retired 8/26/2000 due to accident in Howard yard (see d for info on #2531)

  • #2533-34 in service 4/25/78
  • #2535-36 in service 4/20/78

  • #2537-38 in service 5/1/78
  • #2539-40 in service 5/78

  • #2541-42 in service 5/12/78
  • #2543-44 in service 5/78

  • #2545-46 in service 5/78
  • #2547-48 in service 6/78

  • #2549-50 in service 6/78
  • #2551-52 in service 6/78

  • #2553-54 in service 6/14/78
  • #2555-56 in service 6/78

  • #2557-58 in service 6/22/78
  • #2559-60 in service 8/2/78

  • #2561-62 in service 7/78
  • #2563-64 in service 7/78

  • #2565-66 in service 7/19/78
  • #2567-68 in service 7/78

  • #2569-70 in service 8/9/78
  • #2571-72 in service 8/78

  • #2573-74 in service 8/22/78
  • #2575-76 in service 8/78

  • #2577-78 in service 8/28/78
  • #2579-80 in service 9/78 retired 6/12/11

  • #2581-82 in service 9/78
  • #2583-84 in service 9/78

  • #2585-86 in service 9/22/78
  • #2587-88 in service 10/78

  • #2589-90 in service 10/78
  • #2591-92 in service 10/16/78

  • #2593-94 in service 10/24/78
  • #2595-96 in service 11/9/78

  • #2597-98 in service 11/2/78
  • #2599-#2600 in service 11/29/78

  • a. prototypes #2401-#2404 ran in service on most lines for a 600 hour test (at least 2 months) before delivery began on the production cars.
  • b. On 8/3/79 a fire broke out at 61st shop, 6 cars inside the shop were destroyed. (#2517-18, #6367-68 and #6335-36) 3 cars outside the shop and next to it were also destroyed (#2481, #2447-48) Two more cars, #2479-80, were inside when the fire broke out and were saved by two signal personnel that had just completed the ATC. The shop was never rebuilt.

  • c. #2482 after the 8/79 fire became a training car at the federal training center and in the past has sporadically been paired with #2503. Currently the car has been paired with #2531 which occurred around the summer of 2002.
  • d. #2470 burned up 2/24/05 on the green line's 37th middle track, #2469 was paired with #2504 in the summer of 2006.

So I guess it's the end of the line for the 2400-series rail cars on the CTA?

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So I guess it's the end of the line for the 2400-series rail cars on the CTA?

Beginning in a few months (likely March or April), when the Green Line begins receiving the new 5000s. The 2400s might not be completely retired from passenger service until the Purple Line begins receiving its 5000s in 2014.

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Once the Pink Line gets all 5000s (with its 2600s going to Red [why not straight to Blue, I don't know] and a like amount going to Blue to replace 44 2200s) what happens when the Green Line starts getting 5000s?

a) All of Green's 2400s get retired

B) Some 2400s get transferred to Red and more 2600s go to Blue to retire more 2200s. Will they entirely retire the 2200s before retiring 2400s or will we have a simultaneous retirement of 2200s and 2400s a la 4400 TMCs and 5300 Flxbles.

In the case of B, it seems CTA likes paying OT to move a lot of equipment around for retirement.

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Once the Pink Line gets all 5000s (with its 2600s going to Red [why not straight to Blue, I don't know] and a like amount going to Blue to replace 44 2200s) what happens when the Green Line starts getting 5000s?

a) All of Green's 2400s get retired

B) Some 2400s get transferred to Red and more 2600s go to Blue to retire more 2200s. Will they entirely retire the 2200s before retiring 2400s or will we have a simultaneous retirement of 2200s and 2400s a la 4400 TMCs and 5300 Flxbles.

In the case of B, it seems CTA likes paying OT to move a lot of equipment around for retirement.

In the case of the first sentence, the reasoning is that the #3101-3200 block of 2600s have never been officially assigned to any line except the Blue and Pink lines (though some of them did run on the Green Line due to operable equipment shortages).

As for the Green Line scenario, a ) is now much more likely than B ) because some of the Green Line 2400s have been in and out of operable condition intermittently over the past several years - while many of the 2200s are still going relatively strong. Hence, the retirement of 2200s and 2400s will likely occur simultaneously. And while most of the 2400s will likely end up in the scrappers, expect a handful of 2200s to be sent to transportation museums.

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Once the Pink Line gets all 5000s (with its 2600s going to Red [why not straight to Blue, I don't know] and a like amount going to Blue to replace 44 2200s) what happens when the Green Line starts getting 5000s?

Actually, some of the equipment moves have begun: It looks like the Pink Line 2600s are headed straight back to the Blue Line. The Red and Purple lines will not receive any of the Pink Line 2600s - but instead, they will receive the best of the Green Line 2400s (since the Green Line will be the next line after the Pink Line to be re-equipped with 5000s), allowing selected Red and Purple line 2600s to be transferred to the Blue Line to retire the remainder of the 2200s. (I say this because a couple of the Green Line 2400s have already moved to the Purple Line.) Then, when the Red Line receives its 5000s (immediately following the Green Line), the remaining 2400s will be fully retired from passenger service.

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All you 2200 fans, get your pics and video now, I saw a row of 2200 sitting at Skokie Shops the other day. Im wondering if 2200s are also now beginning the retirement process.

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Actually, some of the equipment moves have begun: It looks like the Pink Line 2600s are headed straight back to the Blue Line. The Red and Purple lines will not receive any of the Pink Line 2600s - but instead, they will receive the best of the Green Line 2400s (since the Green Line will be the next line after the Pink Line to be re-equipped with 5000s), allowing selected Red and Purple line 2600s to be transferred to the Blue Line to retire the remainder of the 2200s. (I say this because a couple of the Green Line 2400s have already moved to the Purple Line.) Then, when the Red Line receives its 5000s (immediately following the Green Line), the remaining 2400s will be fully retired from passenger service.

Actually the four #2400's that went from Green to Purple have been there since the summer. (I reported it on here if you want to know when I first saw them.) They might have been sent there to compensate for the loss of #2579-80, which retired around June of this year. When it comes time to send the best of the Green line #2400's to purple, no doubt the low #2400's work cars that run the green now will all end up on Purple. (except the six at 54th) Then at the end of #2400 retirement, they will have to decide to retire work cars or keep them going for a little while longer. I see them hanging around for a little while. BTW, anyone wondering what happened to the 8 #2600's that went from purple to blue? I found out those did go back to purple.

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Just letting you guys know, I updated this with 10 more #2400 cars taken off the Purple line and placed on long term hold.

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Just letting you guys know, I updated this with 10 more #2400 cars taken off the Purple line and placed on long term hold.

I got a pic of some 2500's at the lower 63rd yard last nite

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I updated the list here to reflect the changes, so we're all on the same page here.

Thanks, BusHunter!! I just want to let you know about it. It looks like we will see the last of the 2400s, when more 5000s comes in from Skokie.

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Thanks, BusHunter!! I just want to let you know about it. It looks like we will see the last of the 2400s, when more 5000s comes in from Skokie.

He also updated the #2200's. He has a few cars #2233-34 going to skokie shops 11/1. I spotted that in rosemont yard 11/3 myself, but it was by itself,so I need to see did it go or not. It may have had battery issues and couldn't be moved. Other than that the list seems OK. At least i got a few clearer dates. Eyetube21, is #2273-74 still at 61st yard?

BTW, Skokie Shops was full of #2200's just the other day, i was telling someone they were getting the gas powered car out to scrap a few cars. (I saw this) Now today those cars are gone, so I guess now we need to find out the scrapping dates for those. I guess that's the next update. :)

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He also updated the #2200's. He has a few cars #2233-34 going to skokie shops 11/1. I spotted that in rosemont yard 11/3 myself, but it was by itself,so I need to see did it go or not. It may have had battery issues and couldn't be moved. Other than that the list seems OK. At least i got a few clearer dates. Eyetube21, is #2273-74 still at 61st yard?

BTW, Skokie Shops was full of #2200's just the other day, i was telling someone they were getting the gas powered car out to scrap a few cars. (I saw this) Now today those cars are gone, so I guess now we need to find out the scrapping dates for those. I guess that's the next update. :)

Yes, the #2273-74 is still there at 61st Street yard. It's been there since the Red Line South Reconstruction Project. They made those trains at the maintainence office. All the side windows are cover and I also seen maintainence workers there working and I've seen the prototype 2400s were sitting at the 63rd Street yard too. Oh, last weekend I ride the 5000-series on the Yellow Line pass by the Skokie Shops and I did seen some more 5000s there and also few 2200s and 2400s there as well. I also made a Youtube video of riding the 5000s on the Yellow Line too. :)

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He also updated the #2200's. He has a few cars #2233-34 going to skokie shops 11/1. I spotted that in rosemont yard 11/3 myself, but it was by itself,so I need to see did it go or not. It may have had battery issues and couldn't be moved. Other than that the list seems OK. At least i got a few clearer dates. Eyetube21, is #2273-74 still at 61st yard?

Talking in third person much??? sw4400 doesn't know what to make of this... sw4400 is confused... :blink::P:lol:

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