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.

Click on the desired route below to see the hi-res transfer image. PLEASE USE YOUR BROWSER'S "BACK" BUTTON TO RETURN TO THIS PAGE. Routes in parenthesis are on the transfer, but not the main route listed.

Style 13a - c1956

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

  • Addison (Addison Ltd)
  • Archer (Archer Exp)
  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (Southport) (35th) (Stock Yards)
  • Belmont (Armitage)
  • Blue Island-26th

  • Broadway
  • California, South (Cicero, South)
  • Central (Central Ltd) (California, North)
  • Central (Central Ltd)
  • Cermak (Douglas Park Ext)

  • Chicago
  • Cicero (Austin)
  • Clark-Wentworth
  • Clark-Wentworth (Broadway-State)
  • Cottage Grove

  • North Damen (Foster-Central)
  • Diversey (Logan Square)
  • Division
  • Douglas (Ohio-Depots)
  • Elston (Clybourn)

  • Foster-Northwest (Touhy)
  • Foster-Northwest
  • Fullerton
  • Garfield (Indiana)
  • Grand

  • Halsted (Halsted Downtown)
  • South Halsted (South Western) (South Kedzie)
  • Harrison (Adams)
  • Irving Park
  • Irving Park-Narragansett-North (Laramie)

  • Jackson (Washington)
  • Jackson (Jackson Exp) (Washington) (Washington Exp)
  • Jeffery (South Shore) (Hyde Park)
  • Kedzie-California
  • Kedzie-Homan (North Western) - Plate CE

  • Kedzie-Homan (North Western) - Plate CE2
  • Kimball (Harlem) (Cicero, North)
  • Lawrence (Bathing Beach)
  • Lincoln-Larrabee (Lincoln-Wabash)
  • Madison

  • Michigan-State-Wacker (Independence) (Monroe Parking Lot)
  • Milwaukee (Milwaukee Ltd)
  • Montrose (Skokie-Howard) - Plate CM
  • Montrose (Skokie-Howard) - Plate CM2
  • North (Lake)

  • North-Narragansett-Irving Park (Laramie)
  • Ogden
  • Pershing
  • Peterson (Higgins)
  • Pulaski

  • South Pulaski (Morgan-Racine)
  • Roosevelt
  • Sheridan (Sheridan Ltd) (Devon) (Lunt) - Plate CT
  • Sheridan (Sheridan Ltd) (Devon) (Lunt) - Plate CT2
  • Sheridan (Sheridan) (Lunt-Touhy) (Devon) - Plate CT3

  • South Chicago-Ewing (South Chicago-Ewing Exp)
  • South Deering (Windsor Park)
  • State - Plate DU
  • State - Plate DU2
  • South Park (South Park Ltd) (Yates-95th) (Bathing Beach)

  • Stony Island
  • Taylor-Sheffield (Roscoe) (East Belmont)
  • Van Buren
  • Vincennes-111th (119th-Vincennes) (Riverdale)
  • Wallace-Racine (Canal-Wacker) (Damen, South)

  • Western
  • Wilson-Michigan (Wilson-Michigan Ltd)
  • Wilson-Michigan (Wilson-Michigan Exp) (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp)
  • 16th-18th
  • 26th-31st (31st, West) (63rd-65th)

  • 31st, East (31st, West) (63rd-65th)
  • 35th
  • 43rd-Root
  • 47th
  • 51st-55th

  • 51st-55th (26th)
  • 59th-61st (Marquette)
  • 63rd
  • 63rd (63rd Ltd)
  • 67th-69th

  • 74th-75th (83rd)
  • 79th (71st)
  • 93rd-95th (87th) (115th)
  • 103rd-106th (111th, East)

  • Soldier Field - Plate DX
  • Soldier Field - Plate DX2


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