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Cars 1-4, the high-speed experimental 1-50 series cars, were delivered in the distinctive maroon and gray paint scheme by the car builder, St. Louis Car Co. The only other cars to receive it were 6127-6130 in 1960. (Photo by George Krambles)


In spring 1974, car 24 was the first to be painted in the platinum and black scheme which would become common on the 2000-series. A variation was the orange belt rail, only applied here and to car 1. Seen in April 1974 at Skokie Shops, 24 is also unique in that it has a Stemmen pantograph instead of a trolley pole. (Photo by Walter R. Keevil)


Front end view of ravaged car 14 at Skokie Shops in September 1998. Scrapping it would put it out of its misery. (Photo by Roberto Ayala)


Front end view of 5-50 series PCC cars 65 and 39, both liveried in the Spirit of Chicago scheme. Car 65 is one of ten single-unit PCCs made into five two-car trains numbered 61-65. Car 65 was scrapped by William Lans Sons Co. scrappers and car 39 is went to Vintage Electric Streetcar in Windber, PA. (Photo by Roberto Ayala)


The Illinois Railway Museum has been awarded 1-50 series single-unit car 22 by the CTA. This car will be added to the collection and will be placed in service as soon as possible. It will run with a jumper off of car 41. A total of $5000 needs to be raised to get the car to IRM. The car is seen here on a revenue trip (displaying 1993 Jackson Park-Lake Green Line signs) on April 16, 1997, loading passengers at the Harlem/Lake station. (Photo by Peter Vesic)


The interior arrangement of the 1-50 series cars were altered from their 6000-series predecessors to allow for one-man operation. The doors were moved closer to the front ends so that boarding and alighting passengers passed by the operating cab. The cab had a window and fare register in the rear so that, as these two ladies demonstrate, the motorman could act as conductor and collect fares in off-peak hours when no station agent was on duty. This made the cars ideal for the Evanston Shuttle and Skokie Swift services to which they were assigned. This posed photo was taken at the Linden terminal on September 5, 1961. (Photo from the George Krambles Collection)


On September 5, 1961, car 40 heads northbound to Howard on the Evanston Shuttle after just having passed Isabella Street station. The car, only about a year old, still sports its original paint scheme and has trolley poles for the overhead wire operation found on the Evanston Line (until 1973). (Photo from the Art Peterson Collection)


CTA car 63 is seen here at Skokie Shops in May of 1998. This was shortly before the overhead equipment was removed. Car 63 participated in the very last passenger run of the 1-50 series in March of 1998, when cars 63A-B and 30 made a few revenue runs on the Skokie Swift. (Photo by Eric Zabelny)


Scrap 14 is at South Beloit, Illinois where the 5-50 series were scrapped. This photo shows car 62B. (Photo by Eric Zabelny)