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Chicago Transit Authority transit car during restoration, 2002

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Chicago Transit Authority transit car during restoration, 2002


This object appears in the following sections:

Making the Exhibition
CTA Car 6719—From Scrap to History — 1999–2003: Becoming Part of History

Chicago Transit Authority Rapid Transit Rail Car

CTA car #6719, during restoration
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Alstom Transport, through the American Public Transportation Association, donated the work of restoring CTA car #6719 to its original paint scheme, and modifying the car for use in the America on the Move exhibition. With the help of CTA staff, and volunteers at the Illinois Railway Museum, Alstom was able to recreate all of the original paint colors; Croydon Cream, Swamp Holly Orange and Colorado Spruce Green on the exterior, and three different shades of aqua-green on the interior.
Physical Description
Photograph. Color snapshot of Chicago Transit Authority transit car #6719 during restoration at Alstom Transport, Hornell, New York.
Date Made:

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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