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CTA car #6719 on a forklift, 2003

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CTA car #6719 on a forklift, 2003
National Museum of American History , Photo by Richard Strauss


This object appears in the following sections:

Making the Exhibition
CTA Car 6719—From Scrap to History — CTA Car 6719, On the Move

Rigging CTA car #6719 at the National Museum of American History
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 photograph of CTA car #6719 being forklifted into place in the transportation hall on January 7, 2003..
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NMAH photo by Richard Strauss
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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