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Chicago Transit Authority Rapid Transit Rail Car
Catalog #: 1999.3083.01, Accession #: 1999.3083
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Chicago Transit Authority car # 6719 is a rapid transit rail car made by the St. Louis Car Company in 1959, and delivered to the Chicago Transit Authority July 22, 1959. In revenue operation for about 30 years, then used as a work train by CTA for a number of years. Purchased for scrap value by NMAH in December 1999 for AOTM. Car 6719 is the "A" car of a permanently coupled pair and contains the motorman's cab.
Physical Description
Artifact. Double-truck, electric-powered rapid transit rail car with four blinker-style doors. Original dimensions, with trucks and wheels: 48'L x 9'4"w x 11'10"H. Body material: Steel and aluminum. Original motors: Electric powered, GE-1220. Original brakes: Dynamic, Drum, Track. Seating capacity: 47. Trucks, wheels, and other under-body items have been removed to make the car ADA accessible to NMAH visitors. Car has been restored to original colors: Exterior scheme is Croydon Cream, Colorado Spruce Green, and Swamp Holly Orange; interior scheme is light, medium, and dark greens.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1959 - 1990s
Purchased from the Chicago Transit Authority
The 6000-series railcars have been called the "workhorses" of the Chicago Transit Authority. Except for a handful of prototype cars developed in the late 1940s, the CTA was using rail cars built in the 'teens and twenties until the first 6000-series cars were delivered in 1950. Over seven hundred of the 6000-series cars were put into service by the CTA between 1950 and 1959. These cars ran throughout the elevated and subway system, serving Chicago commuters until 1992.
Related People, Places, and Events
St. Louis Car Company

Chicago Transit Authority

Place of Use
Chicago, Illinois

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