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
  • 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
  • Cicero (Pulaski, South) - Plate 14B

  • Clark
  • Cottage Grove
  • Damen, North (Damen, South)
  • Devon-Sheridan (26th-31st) - Plate 18
  • Devon-Sheridan (26th-31st) - Plate 18B

  • Diversey (Logan Square)
  • Division - Plate 20
  • Division - Plate 20B
  • Douglas (Ohio-Depots) - Plate 21
  • Douglas (Ohio-Depots) - Plate 21B

  • 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) - Plate 24
  • Foster-Central (Yates-95th) - Plate 24B
  • Foster-Northwest Hwy (Bell & Howell)
  • Fullerton (Belmont, East) - Plate 26

  • Fullerton (Belmont, East) - Plate 26B
  • Garfield (Garfield Ltd) - Plate 27
  • 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
  • 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
  • Peterson (Bell & Howell) - Plate 51B
  • Pulaski (Cicero, South)
  • Ravenswood RT

  • Roosevelt
  • Sheridan (Sheridan Ltd) - Plate 54
  • 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

  • South Park (South Park Ltd) - Plate 58B
  • State - Plate 59
  • State - Plate 59B
  • Stony Island (Riverdale) - Plate 60
  • Stony Island (Riverdale) - Plate 60B

  • 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
  • Washington Exp - Plate 65B
  • Washington Exp - Plate 65C
  • Wentworth

  • Westchester (Skokie)
  • Western
  • Western, North (Western, South)
  • West-Northwest RT
  • Wilson (Wilson Exp) (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp) - Plate 70

  • Wilson (Wilson Exp) (LaSalle) (LaSalle-Sheridan Exp) - Plate 70B
  • 16th-18th (Vincennes-119th)
  • 16th-18th (111th-115th)
  • 35th (111th, East)
  • 35th (83rd)

  • 35th (16th-18th)
  • 43rd-Root
  • 47th (47th, West)
  • 51st
  • 55th (31st, West)

  • 59th-61st
  • 63rd (63rd Ltd) - Plate 77
  • 63rd (63rd Ltd) - Plate 77B
  • 67th-69th
  • 74th-75th (63rd-65th)

  • 74th-75th (63rd, West)
  • 79th (79th, West) - Plate 80
  • 79th - Plate 80B (Low Res) [Image courtesy Andre Kristopans]
  • 83rd-95th
  • 87th - Plate 81

  • 87th - Plate 81B
  • 93rd-95th
  • 103rd-106th
  • 111th-115th (Riverdale-111th)
  • 115th (83rd)


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