CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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The numbering system was devised by the late Don Liberko, who worked extensively on cataloging the different styles. It has been enhanced to include new versions.

We are currently working with transfer experts to verify/correct/populate transfer style dates. Currently they are our best estimates. Once solid dates are established (and new styles discovered), the style numbers may change to reflect the correct chronology.

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Style 12-3a - c1953-1954

"E" and "D" changed to "E" and "S".

  • Addison (Lunt) (BB)
  • Addison (Lunt)
  • Archer (Archer Exp)
  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (Stock Yards) (Riverdale)
  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (Riverdale) (Stock Yards)

  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (Riverdale)
  • Austin (Kimball)
  • Belmont (Monroe Parking Lot)
  • Blue Island (West 31st) (East 31st)
  • South California (North California)

  • Central (Michigan-State-Wacker)
  • Central (Pk. Lot-Mart)
  • Cermak (Douglas Park Ext)
  • Chicago (Armitage)
  • Cicero (Cicero, South) (Cicero, North Ext)

  • Clark-Wentworth (Broadway-State)
  • Clybourn (Peterson)
  • Cottage Grove (Vincennes-111th)
  • Damen, North (Damen, South)
  • Diversey-Logan (Diversey)

  • Division (North-Narragansett)
  • Division (Irving Park-North-Narragansett)
  • Douglas
  • Drexel-Hyde Park (South Parkway-Hyde Park)
  • Foster-Northwest Highway (Foster, West) (Touhy)

  • Fullerton (Pershing)
  • Garfield (Indiana)
  • Grand (Higgins)
  • Halsted (Halsted, South)
  • Harrison (Adams) (Montrose)

  • Indiana (Damen, South) (Wallace-Racine)
  • Irving Park (Washington)
  • Irving Park (131 Washington)
  • Irving Park (Irving Park Ext) (131 Washington)
  • Jeffery

  • Jeffery (Douglas Blvd)
  • Jeffery (South Shore) (Hyde Park) (Jeffery Exp)
  • Kedzie-California (South Kedzie)
  • Kedzie-California (South Kedzie)
  • Kedzie-Homan (Morgan-Racine)

  • Lawrence (Devon-Sheridan)
  • Lawrence (Devon-Sheridan) (BB)
  • Lincoln-Larrabee (Lincoln-Wabash)
  • Lincoln-Wells (Lincoln-Wabash)
  • Loomis-Marquette (Yates-95th)

  • Madison
  • Madison (Fifth)
  • Marquette (Yates-95th)
  • Michigan-Garfield (Michigan-Indiana)
  • Milwaukee (Milwaukee Limited)

  • North(North Ltd) (Union Station)
  • North (North Exp) (Shopping District)
  • Ogden (Ogden Ext)
  • Ohio St Depots (Laramie)
  • Pulaski (South Pulaski)

  • Racine-Canal-Wacker (South Deering) (W. Pk.)
  • Roosevelt (Cermak) (Douglas Park)
  • Roosevelt (Lake)
  • Roosevelt (Lake)
  • Sheridan (Sheridan Exp) (Harlem)

  • South Chicago-Ewing (Elston)
  • South Parkway (Southport) (17 BB)
  • South Shore (Hyde Park) (South Shore Exp)
  • Stony Island (Wacker)
  • Stony Island (Canal-Wacker)

  • Taylor-Sheffield (Howard) (Roscoe)
  • Van Buren
  • Wallace-Racine (Canal-Wacker)
  • Western (Western, North) (Western, South)
  • Wilson-Michigan (Wilson-LaSalle) (128 Mt.)

  • 35th (14th)
  • 47th (103rd-106th)
  • 51st-55th (26th)
  • 59th-61st (43rd-Root)
  • 59th-61st (43rd-Root)

  • 63rd
  • 67th-69th (93rd-95th)
  • 71st (83rd) (115th)
  • 74th-75th (East 111th)
  • 79th (16th-18th)

  • 87th (111th-Vincennes)
  • Soldier Field


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