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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 13-1b - c1961

Blue date and serial number.

  • Addison
  • Archer (Express)
  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (Southport) (35th) (Stock Yards) (Loomis)
  • Belmont (Armitage)
  • Blue Island-26th
  • Broadway
  • California, South (Cicero, South)
  • Central
  • Cermak
  • Cermak (Douglas Park Ext)
  • Chicago
  • Cicero (Austin)
  • Clark
  • Cottage Grove
  • Damen, North (Foster-Central)
  • Diversey (Logan Square)
  • Division
  • Douglas (Ohio Depots)
  • Douglas Extension
  • Elston-Clybourn (Elston)
  • Evanston RT
  • Foster-Northwest Hwy
  • Foster-Northwest Hwy R2 (Bell & Howell)
  • Fullerton
  • Grand
  • Halsted (Halsted-Downtown)
  • Halsted, South (Western, South) (Kedzie, South)
  • Harrison (Adams)
  • Identification Check #1
  • Identification Check #2
  • Irving Park
  • Jackson (Washington)
  • Jackson R2 (Washington)
  • Jeffery (Drexel-Hyde Park) (Hyde Park)
  • Kedzie-California
  • Kedzie-Homan (Western, North)
  • Kimball (Harlem) (Devon-Cicero)
  • Lake RT
  • Lawrence (Montrose-Lawrence)
  • Lincoln-Larrabee (Lincoln-Wabash)
  • Loop RT
  • Madison
  • Michigan-Indiana (Garfield)
  • Michigan-State-Wacker (Independence) (Monroe Parking Lot)
  • Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee R2 (Devon-Northwest Exp)
  • Montrose (Skokie-Howard)
  • North (Lake)
  • North-Narragansett-Irving Park (Laramie)
  • North-South RT
  • North-South RT R2
  • North-South RT R3
  • Ogden
  • Pershing
  • Peterson (Higgins)
  • Peterson R2 (Bell & Howell) (Higgins)
  • Pulaski
  • Pulaski, South (Morgan-Racine)
  • Ravenswood RT
  • Roosevelt
  • Sheridan (Lunt-Touhy) (Devon)
  • Sheridan R2 (Lunt-Touhy) (Devon)
  • South Chicago-Ewing (South Chicago Express)
  • South Deering (Windsor Park)
  • South Park (Yates-95th)
  • Special Event
  • State
  • Stony Island
  • Taylor-Sheffield (Roscoe) (Belmont, East)
  • Vincennes-111th (119th-Vincennes) (Riverdale)
  • Wallace-Racine (Canal-Wacker) (Damen, South)
  • Wentworth
  • Westchester (Skokie)
  • Western
  • West-Northwest RT
  • West-Northwest RT R2
  • West-Northwest RT R3
  • Wilson-Michigan (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp)
  • 16th-18th
  • 16th-18th R2
  • 26th-31st (31st, West) (63rd-65th)
  • 35th
  • 43rd-Root (Stock Yards)
  • 47th
  • 51st
  • 59th-61st (Marquette)
  • 63rd
  • 67th-69th (55th)
  • 74th-75th (83rd)
  • 79th (71st)
  • 93rd-95th (87th) (115th)
  • 103rd-106th (111th, East)
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