All-Time Chicago Streetcar Photos Index

The complete index to Chicago streetcar photos which have appeared in First & Fastest has been updated and now includes photos published from 1984 through the Summer 2020 issue. Additionally, photos published in Dispatch 6: Chicago Surface Lines: The Big 5 Routes and 5 Others; in Dispatch 8: Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago’s Neighborhoods; and in Dispatch 9: Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago’s Neighborhoods II are included in the index. Our sincere thanks to Shore Line Controller Richard F. Begley for his time and skill in developing this index.

Chicago streetcar pictures have appeared in all but 27 of the issues in the 36 volumes published from 1984 to mid-2020. The Index should assist researchers and authors in their ongoing studies involving the Chicago streetcar system, especially during the years of operation by the Chicago Surface Lines (1914-1947) and the Chicago Transit Authority (1947-1958).

The Index is available in Excel spreadsheet format and as a portable data file (PDF). The Excel version can be sorted to meet the varying needs of users. For more complete information on the Index, please refer to the Guide to the Chicago Streetcar Photos Index.

Download the Guide to the Chicago Streetcar Photos Index (Excel format)
Download the Chicago Streetcar Photos Index (Excel format)
Download the Chicago Streetcar Photos Index (PDF format)


In addition, Shore Line offers the First & Fastest Master Index, covering issues from 1984 to 2019.


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  CTA 45-class 3111 stands on 18th Street at State Street in May 1948 ready to head westward. A Chicago Police paddy wagon is turning left onto State while an Archer Express bus also heads in that direction.—Robert W. Gibson photo, George E. Kanary Collection from Shore Line Dispatch 9, page 47.
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