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 13a - c1956

Clock and "S" changed to red, RT changed to dots, Humboldt Park branch removed.

  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (Southport) (35th) (Stock Yards)
  • Broadway
  • California, South (Cicero, South)
  • Cermak (Douglas Park Ext)
  • Clark-Wentworth
  • Clark-Wentworth R2 (Broadway-State)
  • Cottage Grove
  • Division
  • Foster-Northwest (Touhy) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Garfield (Indiana)
  • Halsted (Halsted Downtown)
  • Irving Park-Narragansett-North (Laramie) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Jackson (Washington)
  • Jeffery (South Shore) (Hyde Park)
  • Lawrence (Bathing Beach)
  • Lincoln-Larrabee (Lincoln-Wabash)
  • Madison
  • Michigan-State-Wacker (Independence) (Monroe Parking Lot)
  • Montrose (Skokie-Howard)
  • North (Lake)
  • Pulaski
  • Roosevelt
  • Sheridan (Devon) (Lunt) - Plate CT [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Sheridan (Devon) (Lunt) - Plate CT2
  • State - Plate DU [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • State - Plate DU2
  • South Park [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Stony Island
  • VanBuren
  • Vincennes-111th (119th-Vincennes) (Riverdale)
  • Wallace-Racine (Canal-Wacker) (Damen, South)
  • Western
  • Wilson-Michigan (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp) - Plate DF [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Wilson-Michigan (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp) - Plate DF2
  • 16th-18th
  • 26th-31st (31st, West) (63rd-65th)
  • 31st, East (31st, West) (63rd-65th)
  • 35th
  • 43rd-Root
  • 47th
  • 51st-55th
  • 51st-55th (26th) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • 59th-61st (Marquette)
  • 63rd
  • 79th (71st)
  • 103rd-106th (111th, East)
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