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Dispatch 4, The Road of ServiceShore Line Dispatch No. 5 – The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies
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Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat. In the early 20th Century, managers of ChicagoĆ­s 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 …


Download Shore Line's 2015 Calendar

2015 Shore Line calendarShore 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.


Skokie Swift, May 6, 1964A 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.

 


January 2014 Snow slideshow by Mark LlanuzaSnowstorm!

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 Adobe Acrobat.)

 

In the News ...

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.

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 Museum
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 Report
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 ...

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Shore Line Offers Online Ordering
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