CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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SC indicates Streetcars, MB indicates Motor Buses, TB indicates Trolley Buses, RT indicates Rapid Transit.


Equipment Rosters

  • 01/01/1945 - SC/MB/TB
  • 02/20/1947 - SC/MB/TB
  • 01/01/1948 - SC/MB/TB
  • 09/01/1948 - SC/MB/TB
  • 01/01/1949 - SC/MB/TB

  • 08/01/1949 - SC/MB/TB
  • 11/01/1949 - SC/MB/TB
  • 05/01/1950 - RT/SC/MB/TB
  • 11/01/1950 - RT/SC/MB/TB
  • 03/01/1952 - SC/MB/TB

  • 06/01/1953 - MB/TB
  • 02/01/1954 - MB/TB
  • 03/01/1954 - RT/SC
  • 02/01/1955 - RT/SC/MB/TB
  • 03/01/1955 - RT/SC

  • 02/01/1956 - RT/SC
  • 02/01/1956 - MB/TB
  • 07/01/1957 - RT/SC
  • 07/01/1957 - MB/TB
  • 09/01/1958 - RT/MB/TB

  • 12/31/1958 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1959 - RT
  • 12/31/1959 - MB/TB
  • 06/30/1960 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1960 - RT/MB/TB

  • 06/30/1961 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1961 - RT/MB/TB
  • 06/30/1962 - RT
  • 06/30/1962 - MB/TB
  • 12/31/1962 - RT/MB/TB

  • 06/30/1963 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1963 - RT/MB/TB
  • 06/30/1964 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1964 - RT/MB/TB
  • 06/30/1965 - RT/MB/TB

  • 12/31/1965 - RT
  • 12/31/1965 - MB/TB
  • 06/30/1966 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1966 - RT/MB/TB
  • 06/30/1967 - RT/MB/TB

  • 12/31/1967 - RT/MB/TB
  • 06/30/1968 - RT/MB/TB
  • 12/31/1968 - RT/MB/TB
  • 06/30/1969 - RT/MB/TB
  • 08/31/1969 - MB/TB

  • 09/18/1969 - MB/TB
  • 04/01/1970 - RT/MB/TB
  • 01/01/1971 - RT/MB/TB
  • 01/01/1972 - RT/MB/TB
  • 07/01/1972 - RT

  • 01/01/1973 - RT/MB/TB
  • 03/01/1974 - RT/MB


  • Equipment Type Lists

  • 02/01/1954 SC/MB/TB/RT
  • 02/01/1955 SC/MB/TB/RT
  • 02/01/1956 SC/MB/TB/RT
  • 07/01/1957 SC/MB/TB/RT


  • Rail Car Assignments

  • 03/15/1951
  • 07/21/1952
  • 10/24/1952
  • 12/01/1957
  • 07/01/1958

  • 11/01/1959
  • 09/06/1962
  • 11/25/1962
  • 12/08/1963
  • 12/04/1966

  • 12/01/1968
  • 01/11/1971
  • 08/09/1971
  • 06/20/1972
  • 10/18/1972

  • 11/28/1972
  • 07/31/1973
  • 11/08/1973
  • 04/03/1974
  • 08/05/1974

  • 12/05/1974
  • 11/28/1975
  • 12/09/1975
  • 03/19/1976
  • 06/30/1976

  • 09/01/1976
  • 12/06/1976
  • 01/17/1977
  • 03/30/1977
  • 04/05/1978

  • 10/08/1978
  • 12/04/1978
  • 10/25/1979
  • 07/09/1980
  • 04/09/1981

  • 09/28/1981
  • 01/24/1982
  • 07/13/1982
  • 09/24/1982
  • 12/21/1982

  • 02/11/1983 (Proposed)
  • 02/27/1983
  • 03/10/1983 (Audit)
  • 06/12/1983
  • 09/01/1983

  • 10/07/1983
  • 11/01/1983
  • 01/26/1984
  • 02/27/1984
  • 03/09/1984

  • 04/27/1984
  • 06/23/1984
  • 07/11/1984
  • 09/02/1984
  • 12/17/1984

  • 03/17/1985
  • 07/07/1985
  • 09/11/1985
  • 09/30/1985
  • 02/21/1986

  • 04/29/1986
  • 09/28/1986
  • 01/18/1987
  • 07/05/1987
  • 02/28/1988

  • 07/03/1988
  • 09/25/1988
  • 04/09/1989
  • 09/24/1989
  • 05/14/1990

  • 09/28/1990
  • 04/15/1991
  • 10/06/1991
  • 02/21/1993
  • 10/30/1993

  • 03/20/1995
  • 12/06/1995
  • 04/13/1997
  • 09/01/1997
  • 01/25/1998

  • 07/01/1999
  • 11/19/1999
  • 02/28/2001
  • 06/01/2001
  • 06/29/2001

  • 10/30/2001
  • 12/10/2001
  • 01/30/2002
  • 03/01/2002
  • 04/29/2002

  • 06/28/2002
  • 04/14/2003


  • Rail Car Requirements

  • 01/19/1986
  • 03/30/1986
  • 06/08/1986
  • 09/28/1986
  • 10/11/1987

  • 02/28/1988
  • 07/03/1988
  • 09/25/1988
  • 01/29/1989
  • 04/09/1989

  • 09/24/1989
  • 12/17/1989
  • 04/08/1990
  • 07/15/1990
  • 09/23/1990

  • 12/16/1990
  • 03/24/1991
  • 06/30/1991
  • 10/06/1991


  • Streetcar Assignments

  • c01/01/1928 (by Route)
  • 09/26/1932 (by Route)
  • 05/12/1933 (by Route)
  • 02/01/1934 (by Route)
  • 11/01/1934 (by Route)

  • 01/00/1951 (by Garage)
  • 05/00/1953 (by Garage)
  • 03/00/1954 (by Garage)
  • 06/24/1957 (by Garage w/Buses)


  • Streetcar Requirements

  • 11/03/1930
  • 12/15/1930
  • 12/07/1931
  • 01/02/1934
  • 01/31/1934

  • 12/31/1934
  • 12/31/1935
  • 12/31/1936
  • 05/05/1937
  • 12/31/1937

  • 12/30/1938
  • 12/29/1939
  • 12/31/1940
  • 12/31/1941
  • 12/08/1942

  • 12/31/1942
  • 12/31/1943
  • 12/29/1944
  • 12/31/1945
  • 12/31/1946

  • 01/31/1947
  • 12/31/1947
  • 01/31/1948
  • 12/31/1948
  • 12/05/1949 (PCC Cars)

  • 12/31/1949
  • 12/31/1950
  • 12/31/1951
  • 12/27/1952 (Weekend)
  • 12/31/1952


  • Bus Assignments

  • 10/01/1945
  • 11/29/1945
  • 12/02/1945
  • 04/12/1951
  • 04/16/1951

  • 05/24/1953
  • 02/09/1954
  • 05/01/1955
  • 06/18/1955
  • 06/24/1957

  • 12/02/1957
  • 03/31/1958
  • 03/31/1958 v2
  • 09/08/1958
  • 03/30/1959

  • 09/14/1959
  • 01/01/1960
  • 06/20/1960
  • 12/05/1960
  • 05/24/1961

  • 08/14/1961
  • 09/09/1963
  • 03/22/1964
  • 12/18/1964
  • 03/21/1965

  • 12/05/1965
  • 03/20/1966
  • 08/12/1966
  • 12/04/1966
  • 06/26/1967

  • 12/03/1967
  • 04/01/1968
  • 11/01/1968
  • 03/16/1969
  • 10/19/1969

  • 04/01/1970
  • 10/08/1970
  • 02/01/1971
  • 06/21/1971
  • 12/06/1971

  • 02/01/1972
  • 03/28/1972
  • 09/13/1972
  • 02/01/1973
  • 06/21/1973

  • 09/13/1973
  • 12/16/1973
  • 04/08/1974
  • 06/16/1974
  • 09/10/1975

  • 01/16/1976
  • 08/27/1976
  • 12/27/1976
  • 04/14/1977
  • 09/04/1977

  • 12/19/1977
  • 03/31/1978
  • 09/29/1981
  • 12/08/1986
  • 05/05/1988

  • 06/26/1988
  • 01/10/1989
  • 04/02/1989


  • Bus Requirements

  • 12/31/1949
  • 12/31/1951
  • 12/27/1952
  • 12/31/1952

  • 01/06/1988
  • 03/18/1990
  • 09/01/1990


  • Scheduled Bus Operation

  • 12/31/1946
  • 01/31/1947
  • 12/31/1947
  • 01/31/1948

  • 12/31/1948
  • 12/31/1949
  • 12/31/1951
  • 12/31/1952



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