CTA Surface System History presented by the Illinois Railway Museum

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The numbering system for the Chicago transfers was devised by the late Don Liberko, who worked extensively on cataloging the different styles. It has been enhanced to include newer versions and versions not included in his cataloging.

We are 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.


Transfers by Type


Chicago

  • Part 1 - Pre Clock Face - Before 1932
  • Part 2 - Clock Face - Chicago Surface Lines (1932-1947)
  • Part 3 - Individual Routes - Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1973)
  • Part 4 - Post Individual Routes - Chicago Transit Authority (1974 and after)


  • Chicago Other

  • Rapid Transit Transfers
  • Century of Progress Transfers - 1933 & 1934
  • Chicago Motor Coach Transfers
  • ID Checks, 'L' to Subway, Subway to 'L', and Other Misc Route Transfers
  • Cartoon Back Transfers from the 60s


  • Suburban and Nearby Cities

  • American Coach
  • Bluebird
  • Calumet Street Railway
  • Chicago & Calumet
  • City of Elgin

  • Elgin & Belvidere
  • Elgin City Lines
  • Evanston Bus Co.
  • Galesburg-Abingdon
  • Galesburg Electric

  • Gary Railway
  • Illinois Power
  • Illinois Terminal
  • Joliet City Lines
  • Kankakee Motor Coach

  • Leyden Motor Coach
  • Lincoln Municipal Street Railway
  • Milwaukee Rapid Transit
  • Milwaukee & Suburban Transit
  • NORTRAN

  • Peoples Traction
  • Peoria Transit
  • Rockford & Belvidere
  • Rockford & Interurban Ry
  • Rockford Lines

  • Rockford Transit
  • RTA
  • St. Louis & Belleville
  • TMER&T
  • United Motor Coach

  • Waukegan City (NSL)
  • West Towns
  • Wilbus


  • Transfer Reference Manuals


  • CSL - February 1934 (25.4 mb)

  • CRT & CSL - September 1935 (20 mb)

  • CTA - December 1962 - Part 1 (10.1 mb)
  • CTA - December 1962 - Part 2 (8.9 mb)

  • CTA - April 1966 - Part 1 (11.7 mb)
  • CTA - April 1966 - Part 2 (9.7 mb)

  • CTA - October 1969 - Part 1 (11 mb)
  • CTA - October 1969 - Part 2 (9.4 mb)

  • CTA - May 1973 - Part 1 (10.7 mb)
  • CTA - May 1973 - Part 2 (9.5 mb)

  • CTA - July 01, 1977 (15.7 mb)


  • Passes


    Chicago

  • Chicago Rapid Transit Weekly Passes (1937-1942) & Quarterly Passes (1932-1938)
  • Chicago Transit Authority Weekly Passes (1951-1952)



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