Everyone: After a long absence from these forums I noticed that I missed events like this during the
Summer of 2013: The final retirement of CTA's 2200 series cars after 43 years of service...
During this time period 40 years ago - the Labor Day holiday in September 1973 - I returned to Long Island
to go back to school-I was starting the 8th Grade then after spending 7 weeks in Chicago in the Summer
of 1973...my first ever vacation trip out of the northeastern US - previous to that the furthest I had
traveled to was Philadelphia with my family to visit relatives...
I learned quite a bit about Chicago during that period and the CTA L system certainly stands out in my
mind...I remember those 2200 series cars as the CTA's newest cars then and I was especially interested
in the lines that traversed the expressway medians like the Dan Ryan line - as mentioned I remember
well the 55 mph service offered without any speed restrictions...
I will thank Graham Garfield for the good information posted on these cars - I especially noted that each
pair's retirement and eventual disposition was available on http://www.Chicago-L.org
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would be preserved - Will the CTA preserve a pair for their historical fleet as I feel they should?
Other personal observations was that these Budd-built 2200 series cars were CTA's first stainless steel
car fleet as we know and when the 2400 series Boeing cars were built beginning in 1976 with sliding
doors that it would begin a long transition that would eventually take 37 years from "Blinker" doors to the
standard sliding doors widely used in rail transit service...
This CTA fan trip looked to be a fine farewell to this fleet and I noticed that older early 70s system map
which showed the CTA system as it was back in 1973...I also noted that GG showed when the entire 2200
series fleet was placed on the Milwaukee/O'Hare-Congress-Douglas route in 1983 which answered another
question that I had...
Thinking of CTA equipment: How much time do the 2400 series Boeing cars have left before they are retired
with the 5000 series cars currently being delivered?
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS