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Shrink-wrapping CTA car #6719, 2002

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Shrink-wrapping CTA car #6719, 2002
Alstom Transport

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


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

RELATED OBJECTS
Chicago Transit Authority Rapid Transit Rail Car


Shrink-wrapping CTA car #6719 at Alstom Transport
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 in the 1950s. These cars ran throughout the elevated and subway system, serving Chicago commuters until 1992.

The car was restored and modified by Alstom Transport, Hornell, New York.

Physical Description
Photograph. Color snapshot of CTA car #6719 being shrink-wrapped for hauling after restoration.
Details
Date Made:
2002
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Alstom Transport
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.

Related People, Places, and Events
Depicted
Hornell, New York


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