Dispatch No. 5, The Chicago "L’s” Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies
Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago "L’s” Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat. This 64-page publication was published in November 2014.
In the early 20th Century, overwhelmed with riders, managers of Chicago’s elevated railways were faced with two huge challenges, an insufficient car fleet and tremendous congestion on the Loop. Through routing of trains and terminals short of the Loop eased the congestion. Providing sufficient rolling stock resulted in ordering the famous fleet of 4000s, 250 of which were called “Baldies” due to their bare steel arched roofs. These Baldies were delivered during 1914 and 1915.
Now, 100 years after the delivery of the first cars, Bruce Moffat discusses in Dispatch 5 what was then a revolutionary car design with rolled steel components. Their 50-year service life testifies to the durability of these cars.
"This is a fantastic book"
Praise for The Chicago "L's" 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 complete review.
Dispatch No. 5 is available from Shore Line for $10.00. Shore Line members pay only $6.00. Add $3.00 for postage to a U.S. address.