2400-series Gallery 14

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The design of the 2400s interior, as reflected by car 2474 seen in December 1977, were the result of the preferences of CTA riders, as determined by a citywide survey in 1971 when public opinion was sought for new transit equipment. The seats, which were similar to those of new CTA buses at the time, had brown and orange padded cushions in contoured fiberglass shells. Also reflecting public preference were the dusky walnut woodgrain pattern of lower side walls and off-white molded plastic upper walls and ceiling. The flooring was chocolate brown rubber. Interior brightness and illumination were enhanced by the use of modern fluorescent fixtures over the windows which backlit advertising panels. (Photo by David Wilson)

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In 1995, the first 22 2400-series cars were converted to work motors; later, another two were converted. To make them stand out from their unconverted brethren, they were given red-white-red side striping and red-white chevrons below the front end windows. All colored striping was reflective. Other changes on the cars included changing the control group wiring on the cars to a larger diameter wire, relocating the resistors out of the control group allowing their size to be increased, and adding a plug for passing the 600 volts DC to the flat cars on the side of the coupler. Work motor 2403 and its mate make up one end of a work train, followed by two flat cars and another 2400 work motor unit at the other end, in 61st Yard on January 13, 2007. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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On the last trip of the 2400-series railcars in scheduled revenue service, Operator James Sheehan leans out the end door of his head car 2508 and waves while stopped at LaSalle/Van Buren on October 31, 2014. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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The final train of 2400-series cars completed its trip late in the morning on October 31, 2014. Interestingly, the 2400s spent their last few years on the Orange Line, a route they had not been used on previously and not one of the lines the cars were a mainstay on for the majority of their nearly 40-year career, and last ran on the anniversary of the Orange Line's opening. Car 2508 led the final train's consist, seen sitting at Midway terminal at the end of the trip. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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Resplendent in its restored original 1970s livery, reapplied by Skokie Shop painters over the previous month, an 8-car train of 2400-series cars sits in Howard Yard on the morning of January 21, 2015, waiting for its departure time to head to the Loop for the farewell trip event for the 2400-series cars. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)

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Car 2490 leads the train of restored 2400-series cars as it enters Washington/Wells station, greeted by photographers, to kick off the 2400-series Farewell Trip event on January 21, 2015. (CTA photo)

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The 8-car train of historically-painted 2400-series cars, led by car 2490 and operated by veteran Operator Jorge Rivera, stop at the Washington/Wells station to load customers for the first leg of the series' Farewell Trip event on January 21, 2015. (Photo by Tony Coppoletta)

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The 8-car train for the 2400-series Farewell Trip rounding the curve at Tower 12 on January 21, 2015 not only shows of the cars' restored as-delivered paint scheme, but how well the livery was designed to harmonize when viewed with some distance on a long train of like-adorned cars. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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For the Farewell Trip, in addition to having their exteriors repainted, the eight 2400-series cars used for the event had reproduction, period advertisements repainted and installed, to provide more historical ambiance and context for riders. The ads were a mix of commercial ads and CTA "house" ads (such as the one for the #40 O'Harexpress bus service on the left) from approximately the cars' first decade of service (1976-1986), as well as a few cards noting the commemorative final trip event. The ads, seen here during the farewell event on January 21, 2015, remained after the cars became part of the Heritage Fleet. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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In addition to the reproduction historic ads printed for the cars' interior, the 2400-series Farewell Trip cars also had period car card maps reproduced and installed over the side doors. Each car had two system maps and two route maps; the route maps alternated between the map cards for the North-South Route service and the Ravenswood service, the route lines the 2400s were first assigned to after testing. The maps used date for the late 1970s. Seen on the farewell trip on January 21, 2015, the also had a commemorative card noting the farewell event next to each one, to fill in the remaining space in the over-door card sash. (Photos by Graham Garfield)