Rail

Chicago's 2200-series railcars make last run

Posted on August 8, 2013

Most distinctive for their pivoting “blinker” entry doors, the 2200s spent most of their service careers assigned to the Blue Line and have served hundreds of millions of people. By David Wilson
Most distinctive for their pivoting “blinker” entry doors, the 2200s spent most of their service careers assigned to the Blue Line and have served hundreds of millions of people. By David Wilson
Following more than 40 years of service to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) customers, the CTA will celebrate the workhorses of the Blue Line — the 2200-series railcars built in 1969-1970 — with a ceremonial last trip on Thursday.

Most distinctive for their pivoting “blinker” entry doors, the 2200s spent most of their service careers assigned to the Blue Line and have served hundreds of millions of people traveling between work, home, O’Hare International Airport and spots in between.

The CTA’s oldest cars are being retired as CTA continues to upgrade its rail fleet as part of an aggressive modernization and infrastructure plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool.

Customers and rail fans are welcome to join in on the CTA tradition of saying “Goodbye, Old Friends” as the last, eight-car consist of 2200-series rail cars makes its final trip along the Blue Line from O’Hare to Forest Park and back. Normal CTA fares apply.

All eight rail cars will be decked out with their original exterior decals and will even feature interior advertising cards from the period when they first launched.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

MBTA faces federal complaint for cancelling late-night service

A group argues that the flawed data suggested the move would not have an overly burdensome effect on low-income and minority riders and that it should have taken steps to curb those impacts before ending the service in March.

Man struck dead on train tracks in Buffalo, N.Y.

During the investigation, it was determined that the man was laying on his back in the middle of the inbound side of a track on the south side, when a northbound train came down the track because the system was running on a single track.

Amtrak to launch new magazine in effort to rebrand

Will emphasize beautiful travel photography and long-form journalism to cast itself as an upscale brand and replace its current magazine, “Arrive,” which is more focused on celebrities, what’s-on content and regional destinations.

Chicago's Metra to conduct 1-year fare study

California-based Four Nines Technologies’ scope of work includes determining opportunities and costs of potential fare structure changes and developing a model that can help Metra evaluate those potential changes.

Alstom to supply new trainsets, railcars for Peru

The delivery of the 139 Metropolis cars is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close