CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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This website is a collaborative effort between the Illinois Railway Museum's Strahorn Library, Trolley Bus Department, Motor Bus Department, and the Museum's generous donors. If you like what you see here, please consider a donation to any or all of these departments. Please mention you like this site when making your donation. Using the links below will take you directly to the museum's website which will allow you to make donations. You can reenter this web address to return. Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!

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As time permits and as more items are scanned, the website will be updated, expanded and enhanced. This will be occurring into the forseeable future. If you return to visit often, please refresh your browser to make sure you see the latest updates. Thank you!!!


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Latest Update: 01/17/2019

THANK YOU - We have had almost 50,000 visitors since the website began. Your continued patronage and support is very much appreciated.

We wish you and your family a very happy and healthy 2019!!!

Our latest update includes uploading Green Pennant Special newsletters, published by the Omnibus Society of America. There are 151 (Plus 3 extras) uploaded for your enjoyment. (They are under the "IRM History" tab). Also, just added are are 26 CTA documents that outline destination rollsign readings for different garages -and- 6 new fantrip documents. We have removed the "NEW" indications from the individual route descriptions pages and are in the process of uploading several new documents (22 available so far) which will include some new routes not previously represented. They will not be indicated with "NEW", but we will list the new ones in this section of the home page when complete.

We are still working on a couple longer term projects:
- We have scanned 175 blueprints of loops and properties from the IRM Collection. 45 of these are now available near the bottom of the Blueprint page (more to come!!).
- Andre Kristopans has generously shared his updated individual route history files with IRM. We are currently working on reformatting these and they will be back out shortly.

Useful Links:

Illinois Railway Museum Homepage

IRMTV.ORG YouTube Channel Featuring Video Shorts Documenting Different Aspects of the Museum

Chicago L.org Website - Excellent Detail About Rapid Transit

Trolleybuses.net Website - Tons of photos of Trolley Buses and the new home of Dave's Railpix

Please feel free to use the information contained within this website for your personal enjoyment. Nothing contained within this website may be reproduced without first obtaining permission from the Illinois Railway Museum. PLEASE respect the museum and its collection in this matter.
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Please direct questions and comments to webmaster@irm-cta.org . The Illinois Railway Museum is always looking for donations of CTA and predecessor companies' material. Also use this email if you have artifacts to donate to the museum. We will gladly contact you about making arrangements for donations. Remember that the Illinois Railway Museum is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law (please consult your tax adviser to determine deductibility).