CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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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), this page will be updated to reflect that information.





Transfers by Type

Part 1 - Pre Clock Face (through 1932)



Chicago City Railway





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Chicago Consolidated Traction - 1899-1910



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Chicago Electric Traction1899-1904



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Chicago Surface Lines

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  • 1922 R1
  • 1922 R2
  • 1923
  • 1925
  • 1926 R1
  • 1926 R2
  • 1926 R3
  • 1927 R1
  • 1927 R2
  • 1927 R3
  • 1928 R1
  • 1928 R2
  • 1929 R1
  • 1929 R2
  • 1929 R3
  • 1929 R4
  • 1929 R5
  • 1929 R6
  • 1930 R1
  • 1930 R2
  • 1930 R3
  • 1930 R4
  • 1930 R5
  • 1930 R6
  • 1931 R1
  • 1931 R2
  • 1931 R3
  • 1931 R4
  • 1932 R1
  • 1932 R2
  • Reverse #1
  • Reverse #2




  • Chicago Union Traction - 1899-1908

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  • 1899-1908 R1
  • 1899-1908 R1 Reverse
  • 1899-1908 R3
  • 1899-1908 R3 Reverse
  • 1899-1908 R
  • 1899-1908 R4 Reverse
  • 1899-1908 R5
  • 1899-1908 R5 Reverse
  • 1899-1908 R6
  • 1899-1908 R6 Reverse




  • North Chicago Street Railway - 1899



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    West Chicago Street Railway



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