Shore Line Dispatch No. 5: The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet: The Baldies

Bruce G. Moffat
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A century after the delivery of the first 4000-series cars, explore the revolutionary car design with rolled steel components.  
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In the early 20th Century, Chicago's railways faced challenges of an insufficient car fleet and congestion on the Loop.  Providing sufficient rolling stock resulted in ordering the famous fleet of 4000-series cars, with their revolutionary car design with rolled steel components.  Learn about the 250 "Baldies," named for their bare steel arched roofs.  

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Author: Bruce G. Moffat
Pages: 64
Table of Contents

Introduction

The Congestion Problem

Building the Baldies

Motors, Controls and Controllers

The Public Meets the Baldies

More Cars are Purchased

Fleet Size

Paint Liveries

Eucharistic Congress Service

Military Trains

Transition from CRT to CTA

Working the Subway

"All Express Service"

A Short Explanation of "A" and "B" Trains

Fleet Redeployment Begins

Car Pairings - The "Unit" Concept

Renumberings

Remote Door Control

Some Noteworthy Appearance Changes

One-Man Operation

The Phase Out

Work Cars

Preservation

Fleet Assignments and Fleet Size

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