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Chicago Transit Authority transit car #6719 at Skokie Rail Yard, November, 1999

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Chicago Transit Authority transit car #6719 at Skokie Rail Yard, November, 1999

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Making the Exhibition
CTA Car 6719—From Scrap to History — 1992: The End of the Line for 6719?


CTA car #6719 at Skokie Rail Yard
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This rapid transit car, #6719, was built in 1959 by the St. Louis Car, using salvaged street car parts. The 6000-series railcars have been called the “workhorses” of the Chicago Transit Authority; over 700, 6000-series cars were put into service by the CTA between 1950 and 1969. These cars ran throughout the elevated and subway system, serving Chicago commuters until 1992.
Physical Description
Photograph. Color snapshot of Chicago Transit Authority car #6719 in its last paint scheme and covered with grafitti.
Details
Date Made:
November, 1999
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
History
The National Museum of American History purchased Chicago Transit Authority rapid transit car #6719 in 1999 for America on the Move. It is the centerpiece of the City and Suburb section of the exhibition, which examines 1950s Chicago mass transit, interstates, airports, and suburbs, and the relationship between transportation choices and the social, structural, and political landscapes of U.S. cities.

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