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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 …
"This is a fantastic
Praise for The
Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies: Dispatch No.
5 recently received enthusiastic praise from a Chicago blogger who
posted an unsolicited review. He said, "I
have to honestly say that this is a fantastic book. It is a must have for
any Chicago elevated fan. ... For the amount of information contained within,
this is the bargain of the year. Bruce (Moffat) again shows why he is the
preeminent expert on all things Chicago transit related." Read
the rest of the review.
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.
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 ...
In the News ...
NICTD Releases Performance
2014 year-end performance report.
Share Your Photos on
Shore Line has created a Flickr account for sharing
photos of passenger trains past and present in the Chicago area.
the Flickr page to view posted photos, and join the group to
share your own images or comments.
Remaining CTA 2400s No Longer in Revenue Service
CTA is marking another milestone in the modernization of its rapid transit fleet. Read
Metra Board Approves Capital
On October 9, 2014, the Metra Board of Directors approved the first
long-term capital plan in the 30-year history of Metra to be included
in the 2015 budget. The budget will be approved at the November board
of directors meeting. Included in the plan is a $2.1 billion diesel-hauled
passenger car and locomotive modernization program. Read
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.
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 Chicago History Museum has extended the
"Railroaders" exhibit until August 2016.
The 2015 membership
application is now available online.
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