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Car 5010 leads an 8-car train of the prototype 5000-series railcars' first trip in passenger service, rounding the curve northbound into Sheridan station on April 19, 2010. Car 5010, leading Run 806, sports a special promotional graphic scheme, as does its mate 5009, while the other cars in the consist carry the standard exterior appearance of unadorned stainless steel with CTA logos under the motorcab windows. Note the LED destination signs and run number box. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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Sitting on Track 2 at the southbound platform at Howard awaiting the time to depart on its first southbound trip in passenger service, prototype 5000-series car 5010 is seen on April 19, 2010, adorned in its eye-catching promotional graphic scheme. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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On its first day of revenue service, car 5009 is nearly carrying a seating load on its first southbound trip and has only reached Bryn Mawr station, seen shortly after rush hour on April 19, 2010. The cars would carry an unusually heady load on its first few days of service, as many customers specifically sought out the cars to be one of the first to ride the CTA's newest equipment. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Car 5004 leads a 6-car train train at Clinton around noon on June 13, 2010 as the prototype 5000-series cars are put through their paces on the Green Line. Note that the "Ashland/63" reading on the front LED destination sign ends up having to be split onto two lines due to its length, resulting in smaller lettering. The text is on one line on the longer side signs. The glass and steel building in the background is CTA Headquarters. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Beginning in early August 2010, the prototype 5000-series cars went to the Blue Line for testing. Car 5004 is at the front end of an 8-car train that is reached O'Hare station and is unloading its passengers. Because the train is in the center pocket, it has opened its doors on both sides -- the Operator is working the doors and checking the side of the train on the left and an Instructor doing the same on the right. Note the electronic destination sign for "O'Hare" retains the airplane symbol rendered in LEDs. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)
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The interior of car 5004 is seen in August 2010. The prototype 5000-series cars are in Blue Line service at this point; note the line diagram over the sidedoors on the left. (Photo by Steven Takaki)
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A train of prototype 5000-series cars nears the end of its run to O'Hare in this August 2010 view, stopping at Rosemont station with car 5007 as its front end. (Photo by Steven Takaki)
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With its special promotional graphics, car 5009 is at one end of a train consist of prototype 5000-series cars in Blue Line service in August 2010. The train has reached the end of the line at Forest Park and is preparing to change ends to begin its next trip to downtown and O'Hare. (Photo by Steven Takaki)
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Car 5010, decked out in its promotional graphics, leads an 8-car train of prototype 5000-series railcars in Orange Line service on November 19, 2010. The train is pulling into Harold Washington Library station (about a month after the CTA Board approved the new name for what had formerly been known as "Library" station, but about three months before the signage was changed) on a Friday mid-afternoon; the historic Fisher Building is looming in the left background. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Orange Line Run 712 is led by 5000-series prototype car 5010, as it stops at Harold Washington Library station on November 19, 2010. The LED side destination signs approximate the typography of the mylar roller curtains on the older cars, presenting the destinations in an approximation of mixed-case Helvetica Bold text. Even the airplane symbol from the "Midway" roller curtain readings is replicated. The main difference is that all readings on the digital signs are amber characters on a black background instead of the color-coded readings on the mylar roller curtains. (Photo by Graham Garfield)