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Following a rebuilding in January 1975, 5000-series car 52 emerged from Skokie Shops as car '75 "Paul Revere". Shown at Florence Avenue, Evanston on the Skokie Swift run, '75 was one of three PCC artics repainted in the Bicentennial scheme (only 51 was left out, see below for more). (Photo by Art Peterson)

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Car 51 (formally car 5001) sports a variation of the Bicentennial paint scheme at the Skokie Shops on July 14, 1977. Car 51 is unique because with was not given a colonial-era 'name' as the other Bicentennials were; its name banners simply read "Skokie Swift". Therefore, it is the opinion of some that 51 was, technically, not a Bicentennial car. Although the scheme is the same as the red, white, and blue Spirit of Chicago livery it would carry until its retirement in 1985, the presence of name banners and the red stars on either side of the car number clearly put this scheme in the Bicentennial category. We'll let you be the judge. (Photo from the CTA Collection, contributed by Eric Zabelny)

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Car 5004, still in its cream, green, and orange scheme, sits beside Skokie Shops in August 1965, not long before being renumbered and reassigned to Skokie service. (Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 51, assigned to Skokie Swift service, loads passengers at Howard on August 18, 1970. The plexiglas panels divide the Howard platform into different paid areas. At this time, the Skokie and Evanston lines had a higher fare for through riders from the city. The fare differential was paid at an agent booth on the platform. (Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 51 crosses Niles Center Road on the Skokie Swift route on August 20, 1970. (Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Reaching the end of its run, car 51 pulls north of the Dempster/Skokie station to switch ends on July 29, 1974. It will then head back south into the southbound Dempster platform. The old 1925 Dempster station house is seen on the left. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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After switching ends, car 52 heads back to the Dempster platform to pick up Howard-bound passengers on July 22, 1968. (Photo by Doug Grotjahn, Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 52 crosses Niles Center Road while operating on the Skokie Swift on August 20, 1970. (Photo by Joe Testagrose)

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Dressed up as "The Minutemen", car 53 loads passengers at the southbound Dempster-Skokie platform on August 14, 1978. (Collection of Joe Testagrose)

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Car 53, in for maintenance work, sits in the Skokie Shops Yard on the 4th of July, 1971. To the right of 53 is the boiler room; to the left are the maintenance shop and a 4000 converted into a work car. (Photo by Joe Testagrose)