Chicago - PCC Cars

In 1945 Chicago Surface Lines repaint six '1936 PCC cars in the exprerimental paint schemes in an effort to determine the best colors to be used on the post-war PCCs. These models are produced on special order only and they are not a regular production models. As soon as first orders of these cars will be completed in May 2005, we will post the model photos on this page.



Photo: B.Neuberger Collection.

Experimental Paint schemes available:
Car 4010: Venetian Red with an orange belt rail;
Car 4018: Mercury Green with an orange stripe;
Car 4020: Marigold Yellow with an Venetian red stripe;
Car 4022: Clipper Blue with red beltrail;
Car 4035: Holly orange with an maroon beltrail;
Car 4050: Coronado Tan with an orange beltrail.

To order, please contact SPTC or your U.S.A./Canada Dealers.

Regular production Chicago PCC models are below.

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USA1947/48 Chicago Transit Authority St.-Louis Car Co. PCC "Green Hornet"

ref165.gif (12285 bytes)Chicago placed a large order of 50’ PCCs to St.Louis Car Co. and Pullman-Standard in 1945 and between 1946 and 1948 600 large cars were delivered to Chicago Transit Authority (290 cars were built by St.Louis and 310 by Pullman-Standard). These cars were arranged for two-man operation. In 1953 CTA came to conclusion that continued streetcar operation was uneconomical and between 1953 and 1958 570 PCCs of postwar batch were sold to St.Louis Car Co. for reincarnation as PCC-type rapid transit cars; the streetcar operation in Chicago was ended by the summer of 1958. Only car No. 4391 is preserved now in Illinois Railway Museum.

Scale 1:48
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USA1947/48 Chicago Transit Authority St.-Louis Car Co PCC "Green Hornet" in Everglades Green painting scheme

 

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166

USA1936/37 Chicago Surface Lines St-Louis Car Co. PCC (Job 1602; 4002-4051; 7002-7034 series)

In February 1936 Chicago Surface Lines ordered 83 PCC cars from St.Louis Car Co. Fifty cars purchased in the name of the Chicago Railways Co. were numbered 4002-4051 and 33 cars were purchased by Chicago City Railway Co., numbered 7002-7034. Deliveries were started in the fall of the same year and the revenue service began on the Madison Avenue line at November 13, 1936. By February 1937 all 83 cars were in service. The Chicago's 50 feet and 5 inches long cars were the first non-standard PCC. Painted dark blue from the belt rail down, the 1936 PCCs were known in Chicago as "Blue Geese". 

"Stock" version of this model is released with changed left rear corner window (starting from 1941) and with louvers in the skirts (starting from 1937). The original, "as delivered" version without these modification may be produced on Customer's order. 

Scale 1:48
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USA1936/37 Chicago Surface Lines St-Louis Car Co. PCC - in '45 "Tiger Stripes" livery.

In 1945 CSL added three wide cream stripes edged with red across the dash on the 1936 PCCs. These stripes, known as "Tiger Stripes" were intended to warn approaching motorists that the cars were wider than they seemed. One of the heaviest CSL lines, 63rd Street get the 1936 PCC cars under CTA management in April 1948. The "Blue Geese" ran over the 10-mile line until May 1952 when they were assigned to route 4. 

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USA1936/37 Chicago Transit Authority St-Louis Car Co. PCC - in 1952 one-man version.

In 1952 CTA rebuilt its 1936 PCCs for one-man operation. One of the twin centre doors was removed and replaced by an extra body panel and window and the seating capacity was increased to 61. The modernized PCCs were painted out in Everglades Green and Croydon Cream colors and were placed in service in May 1952 on Route 4 (Cottage Grove) where they remained until June 1955 when they were transferred to Route 49 where lasted less than a year, until June 1956.

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USA1946/47 Chicago Surface Lines Pullman-Standard PCC (Order W6749; 4062-4171)

167Chicago Surface Lines ordered 600-car PCC fleet in 1945-46 and Pullman-Standard built 310 of them between 1946 and 1948 (orders W6749 and W6786) equipped by General Electric and numbered 4062-4371. First Pullman PCC #4062 was previewed for the public in September 1946. In 1953 one of the Pullman cars (#4240) was sent to St.-Louis Car for conversion into a PCC-type rapid transit car for "L"-subway system. By the end of 1955, all 310 Pullman PCCs were sent to St.-Louis. The bodies were scrapped but the trucks, seats, controls and other parts were incorporated in the 6201-6510 series rapid transit cars.

Scale 1:48
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USA1946/47 Chicago Surface Lines Pullman-Standard PCC (Order W6749; 4062-4171) - as first cars were delivered to CSL.

For its new post-war PCCs Chicago Surface Lines choosen the Mercury Green and Croydon Cream with the belt rail painted Swamp Holly Orange with dark green outlining. The fist streetcar arrived in Chicago in this paint scheme was Pullman #4062. A few next cars in this order were also painted in same style, however the Mercury Green was soon applied on standee windows area on these first and all other new PCCs. 

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167b

USA1946/47 Chicago Transit Authority Pullman-Standard PCC (Order W6749; 4062-4171) - in Everglades Green livery.

167bAvailable also in Everglades Green livery.

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USA1947/48 Chicago Surface Lines Pullman-Standard PCC (Order W6786; 4172-4371 series)

ref167cIn January 1946 Chicago Surface Lines placed additional order (W6786) for 200 PCC to Pullman-Standard. These cars, numbered 4172-4371,were similar to first 110 cars, ordered in March 1945,but they had a different design of the front destination sign.

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USA1946/47 Chicago Transit Authority Pullman-Standard PCC (Order W6786; 4172-4371) - in Everglades Green livery.

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USA1934 Chicago Surface Lines Pullman-Standard pre-PCC Car#4001

ref174.gif (4599 bytes)In 1933 Chicago Surface Lines placed orders for two new experimental cars of radical design to J.G.Brill and Pullman-Standard companies. No specification have been prepared by CSL and both companies were instructed to build what they considered the best car that could be produced at this time. Pullman built streamliner No.4001 was delivered in July 1934. It had aluminum body, magnetic track brakes and PCC-type control and unusual painting scheme of medium blue and silver. Some changes were made after two months in service: the sealed windows were replaced with ones that could be opened and windows were put into the bottom halves of the doors. Called as a “Blue Goose”, the car No. 4001 operated during the 1934 Chicago World Fair and after that operated in regular service until 1948 whet it was put into a storage shed. In 1971 No.4001 was bought by the Illinois Railway Museum and since then it has remained here.

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