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IRM has been the recipient of many large collections of photos and slides. One of the largest collections we have received was the late Steve Scalzo's, graciously donated by his wife Kimberly. Her wish to have them available for everyone to enjoy dovetails with the goal of this website nicely. Mr. Scalzo was pretty detailed in his labeling of the slides, so there will be dates and locations on most of the photos.

The CSL and NSL photos from the Strahorn Library Collection are available thanks to the incredible amount of organizing and scanning time put in by Museum volunteer and former President Joe Stupar.

With the rampant piracy of photos on the internet, restrictions have been placed on posting photos here. They must be low res and watermarked. We apologize to the vast majority of our patrons who only use this site as intended, for personal enjoyment and information gathering.

This section of the website is in its infancy. As more slides and photographed are scanned, donwsized and watermarked, they will be posted here.

The photo captions are taken from information written on the slides/photos and/or from research. The numbers preceding the captions are simply inventory numbers and can be ignored.

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum has been the recipient of generous donations of many thousands of photos & slides. We realize that not every single one is diligently marked. When provided on the photo/slide, we will give credit to the photographer and/or previous owner. If the photo is marked "Reproduction Prohibited", we will not post it. We have always asked that you respect the documents/photos in our collection, we fully intend to do the same and will not proliferate the unauthorized sharing of photographs. Every photo on this site has been properly donated to the Museum. If by chance an unauthorized copy of a photo appears on this site, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.



Photos from the Steve Scalzo Collection

  • Steve Scalzo Photo Collection. CSL/CTA Streetcars - Page 1 (40 photos)
  • Steve Scalzo Photo Collection. CSL/CTA Streetcars - Page 2 (39 photos)


  • CSL Photos from the Strahorn Library Collection

  • CSL Motor Buses (26 photos)
  • CSL Trolley Buses (10 photos)

  • CSL Car Houses (47 photos)

  • CSL Work Equipment - Part 1 (46 photos)
  • CSL Work Equipment - Part 2 (46 photos)

  • CSL Support Equipment - Part 1 (38 photos)
  • CSL Support Equipment - Part 2 (38 photos)


  • NSL Photos from the Strahorn Library Collection

  • NSL Photos from Glass Plates (51 photos)





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