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Line Dispatch No. 5 – The Chicago "L's" Great Steel
Fleet - The Baldies
Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago
Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat. In the early
20th Century, managers of Chicagoís
elevated railways ordered the famous fleet of 4000s, 250 of which were
called "Baldies" due
to their bare steel arched roofs. Now, 100 years after the delivery of
the first cars, Bruce Moffat discusses what was then a revolutionary
car design. Click
to learn more and order online …
Shore Line's 2015 Calendar
Shore Line's new 2015 planning and scheduling calendar is now
available as a free PDF download. The calendar cover photo was taken on September 12, 2013, at 7:41 p.m. looking toward downtown Chicago from Metra Junction Tower A-2, near the Western Avenue stop on the Milwaukee District North Line. Photographer Mark Llanuza captured the vivid color of the stormy sky, lit up by heat lightning over Lake Michigan. This day also was notable for the rare sighting of two tornado-like waterspouts, which formed in the afternoon over Lake Michigan near Kenosha, Wisconsin. Click
to download the calendar.
A Swift Lesson
CTA's Skokie Swift, now referred to as the Yellow Line, turns
50 years of age this year. The Spring 2014 issue of First & Fastest features
photos and an extensive insight written by George Krambles, Project Manager.
This CTA photo was taken on May 6, 1964.
In January, photographer Mark Llanuza captured the Troy Grove
job plowing its way through deep snow drifts near Shabbona, Illinois. Click
to view the 80-image slideshow. (If you do not see the images in a
slideshow format, you may wish to download
the file and then view it using
In the News ...
Our October 2014 Member Letter
Read our October
2014 letter to members that recaps the past year and highlights
what will be coming up in 2015.
Chicago Streetcar Photos
Index Added to Shore Line Website
A complete index to Chicago streetcar photos which have appeared
in First & Fastest between 1984 and 2013 has been added
to this website. Read
more and download the free Excel file ...
Order New Book of Jack
Delano Photography, See "Railroaders" at the Chicago History
The Center for Railroad Photography
and Art has published a new 200-page book "Railroaders:
Jack Delano's Homefront Photography" as a companion
to an exhibit at the Chicago
History Museum. The
exhibit is open through August 10, 2015.
NICTD Releases Performance
Read NICTD's 2013
year-end performance report.
Electroliner/Liberty Liner Returned to Operating Condition
The Rockhill Trolley Museum is happy to announce the return of its
historic Electroliner/Liberty Liner streamlined train to operating
condition. Read more
The 2014 membership
application is now available online.
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