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 14a - c1962

"T", "C" and "S" removed, directions in circles, red date and serial number.

  • Addison
  • Archer (Express) - Plate 02 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Archer (Express) - Plate 02B
  • Archer (Express) (via Expressway) - Plate 02C
  • Armitage
  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown) (35th)
  • Austin (Southport) - Plate 05 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Austin (Southport) - Plate 05(a)
  • Belmont (Fullerton, West)
  • Blue Island-26th
  • Broadway
  • California, South (Harlem)
  • Canal-Wacker (Devon-Cicero) - Plate 10 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Canal-Wacker (Devon-Cicero) - Plate 10(b)
  • Central
  • Cermak
  • Cermak R2 (Central-Laramie)
  • Chicago
  • Cicero (Pulaski, South) - Plate 14 [Image courtesy Anrde Kristopans]
  • Cicero (Pulaski, South) - Plate 14B
  • Clark
  • Cottage Grove
  • Damen, North (Damen, South)
  • Devon-Sheridan (26th-31st) - Plate 18 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Devon-Sheridan (26th-31st) - Plate 18B
  • Diversey (Logan Square)
  • Division - Plate 20 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Division - Plate 20B
  • Douglas (Ohio-Depots) - Plate 21 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Douglas (Ohio-Depots) - Plate 21B [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Douglas (Ohio-Depots) - Plate 21C (low-res) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Douglas (Ohio-Union Station) - Plate 21D
  • Douglas Ext (Roscoe)
  • Elston-Clybourn (Elston)
  • Emergency RT
  • Evanston RT (Skokie Swift)
  • Foster-Central (Yates-95th)
  • Foster-Northwest Hwy (Bell & Howell)
  • Fullerton (Belmont, East) - Plate 26 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Fullerton (Belmont, East) - Plate 26B
  • Garfield (Garfield Ltd) - Plate 27 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Garfield (Garfield Ltd) (Garfield Exp) - Plate 27B (low res) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Garfield (Garfield Ltd) (Garfield Exp) - Plate 27C
  • Grand
  • Halsted (Halsted-Downtown)
  • Harrison (Adams)
  • Higgins
  • Indiana (Halsted, South)
  • Irving Park
  • Jackson (Independence)
  • Jeffery (Jeffery Ltd) (Drexel-Hyde Park) (Hyde Park) - Plate 35 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Jeffery (Jeffery Ltd) (Drexel-Hyde Park) (Hyde Park) - Plate 35B
  • Kedzie-California
  • Kedzie-Homan
  • Kimball (Kedzie, South)
  • Lake (Pershing)
  • Lake RT
  • Laramie (Morgan-Racine)
  • Lawrence
  • Lincoln-Larrabee (Lincoln-Wabash)
  • Loop RT
  • Madison
  • Michigan-State-Wacker
  • Milwaukee (Devon-Northwest Exp)
  • Monroe Parking
  • Montrose (Marquette)
  • North (Lake)
  • North-Narragansett-Irving Park (Montrose-Lawrence)
  • North-South RT
  • Ogden DT (Ogden)
  • Peterson (Bell & Howell) - Plate 51 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Peterson (Bell & Howell) - Plate 51B
  • Pulaski (Cicero, South)
  • Ravenswood RT
  • Roosevelt
  • Sheridan (Sheridan Ltd) - Plate 54 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Sheridan (Sheridan Ltd) - Plate 54B
  • Skokie-Howard (71st)
  • South Chicago-Ewing (South Chicago Exp)
  • South Chicago Exp
  • South Deering (Windsor Park) - Plate 57
  • South Deering - Plate 57B [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • South Deering - Plate 57C
  • South Park (South Park Ltd) - Plate 58 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • South Park (South Park Ltd) - Plate 58B
  • State - Plate 59
  • State - Plate 59B
  • Stony Island (Riverdale) - Plate 60
  • Stony Island - Plate 60D
  • Stony Island (Riverdale-111th) - Plate 60D [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Taylor-Sheffield (Lunt-Touhy) (Bell & Howell)
  • Vincennes-111th - Plate 62
  • Vincennes-111th (Wentworth) - Plate 62B
  • Wallace-Racine
  • Washington Exp - Plate 65 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Washington Exp - Plate 65B [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Washington Exp - Plate 65C
  • Wentworth
  • Westchester (Skokie)
  • Western
  • Western, North (Western, South)
  • West-Northwest RT
  • Wilson (Wilson Exp) (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp) - Plate 70 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • Wilson (Wilson Exp) (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp) - Plate 70B
  • 16th-18th (Vincennes-119th) - Plate 63
  • 16th-18th (111th-115th) - Plate 63B [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • 35th (16th-18th) - Plate 71C
  • 35th (111th, East) - Plate 71
  • 43rd-Root
  • 47th (47th, West)
  • 51st
  • 55th (31st, West)
  • 59th-61st
  • 63rd - Plate 77 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • 63rd - Plate 77B
  • 67th-69th
  • 74th-75th (63rd-65th) - Plate 79B
  • 74th-75th (63rd, West) - Plate 79
  • 79th (79th, West) - Plate 80
  • 79th - Plate 80B (Low Res) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • 83rd-95th
  • 87th - Plate 81 [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • 87th - Plate 81B
  • 93rd-95th
  • 103rd-106th
  • 111th-115th (Riverdale-111th)
  • 115th (83rd)
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