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CTA car #6719
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. Black-and-white photograph of CTA car #6719 on July 22, 1975.
Details
Date Made:
1975
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Roy Benedict
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
Chicago Transit Authority

Related Place
Chicago, Illinois


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