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2200fan, on 04 Jan 2015 - 01:34, said:snapback.png

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>> i8itall4u...my thoughts exactly.

The seats or the transmission?

Didn't some of the higher numbered 3600's have these seats too?

At least as put in service, it was only the 3800s. 3700s seemed to have been delivered with the vinyl seats although I don't know where the cutoff was.

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I can't imagine anyone forgetting the Marmons. If I implied this it was not my intention. That would be like me me forgetting the 2200s! :P

Just six months before my dads passing I was fortunate to take him to IRM one saturday when they were operating the CTA trolley buses. He was so excited, it was his first time on them since they were eliminated back in 1973. He shared his experiences driving them as well as myself being given the chance to see him riding his bus that he first started driving when he got hired in Sept.1972. Although it was only six months he drove them at North Ave., I enjoyed seeing him share his experiences with operator/volunteer JL Saunders. For me, just imagining what it was like to ride on these in regular service was an experience.

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At least as put in service, it was only the 3800s. 3700s seemed to have been delivered with the vinyl seats although I don't know where the cutoff was.

If memory serves correctly; 3850-3875 had the fiberglass seats.

2200fan, on 04 Jan 2015 - 01:34, said:snapback.png

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>> i8itall4u...my thoughts exactly.

The seats or the transmission?

...both, actually. 3773 was unusual in that from a stanstill, it travelled a block and a half before shifting into second. AND, the left, rear passenger window's stops were removed, allowing it to open wide.

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I came to Chicago around 2001, so I do have buses from the past and present of the CTA.

Past: 5800. They sounded really good especially prior to rehab. Really tough and gets a great ride!

Past: 4400. Great takeoff on the bus! Not a fan of the buses that have the higher pitch engine mainly around the late 4700 buses and the 4800 buses.

Actually I never liked the Flxibles and I never got to ride a MAN during that time.

Now onto present.

1000: All buses are really great at driving, so sorry for 1342 getting in a fire because I rode 1342 in October 2015 and that bus was a great tough beast! It started going when the light turned green and had a great ISM!

7900: These buses have a great ISL9 and ZF transmission! Goes really well with the newer Novas! Great bus and has a love to me since I started riding one on Route 70 in 2015 and it was so great! Riding them in summer especially on a rainy day gives this bus a great look!

4000 DE60LF: Love the diesel-electric setup on these buses! I know they are for rehab soon but they sound really great! The ISL sounds really great and the Allison makes it even better!

4300/4333: I love the 4300-4332 more than the 4333-4399 series, they sound so good and I did ride a few. The diesel buses really are tough especially riding on the 147 back when I lived in Chicago. Now I live in a suburb of Chicago that's Oak Park and I usually ride the Forest Glen Buses like the 1000, 7900, and 6400 buses and they do keep buses nice! I barely ride the North Parks anymore.

The 6400 buses I do not like really but they do sound good actually.

Bus fleets I want to ride on soon: 800 (if they last), 700.

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Just putting this out....I’ll out be at this weekends Bud Billiken Parade.   I’ll be driving our Flxible  Fire Academy Bus. If anyone wants tto see it.  Ill be parking it at the south end of the parade route  

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14 minutes ago, CTA5750 said:

Just putting this out....I’ll out be at this weekends Bud Billiken Parade.   I’ll be driving our Flxible  Fire Academy Bus. If anyone wants tto see it.  Ill be parking it at the south end of the parade route  

So you'll be around Garfield then from start to finish of the parade? I would love to see it. Haven't seen it since last August.

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11 hours ago, YoungBusLover said:

So you'll be around Garfield then from start to finish of the parade? I would love to see it. Haven't seen it since last August.

Yes, It will be parked at the south end of the parade route at 55th  There should be other fire dept vehicles, possibly also the CFD New Flyer 5858

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I had a blast from the past moment seeing all the nostalgic and if not historic buses from the mid to late 90s, Seeing #6163 was the highlight of my day. I appreciate @CTA5750 for allowing me to get a brief ride and taking photos throughout the morning, just an incredible sight to see all around. 

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