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The first six 6000-series cars, led by 6005-6006, are undergoing performance tests on October 20, 1950 in this view at the curve in the North Side Main Line at Touhy Avenue. The cars, which had been delivered just two months before, underwent months of tests and analysis before being first assigned to the Logan Square-Loop route. The front cars represent the second version of the 6000-series paint scheme -- and the one first used to a large extent -- with the standee window band going all the way around the front of the car. The earlier prototype version, where the band terminates in a rounded end at the motorman's window, can be seen in cars further back. (Photo from the Graham Garfield Collection)

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By the mid-1950s, 6000-series cars were providing the majority of service on both the Ravenswood and North-South routes, making the North Side Main Line an ideal spot for PCC car fans. South of Armitage, where the State Street Subway joins the elevated, Ravenswood trains pass on the outside tracks as a northbound Howard "A" train emerges from the incline. Note that the Howard train has a "Baseball Today" sign on its front chains and that the Rave trains are using the outside tracks south of the incline, which are out of service today. (Photo from the CTA Collection)

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To celebrate the opening of the new Desplaines Shops, an open house was held on July 27, 1962 to show off the facilities to CTA® employees, their families, and guests. In addition to the maintenance bay, visitors got to see CTA's latest cars, the 6000-series (note in the middle foreground is one of the high-speed experimental cars), and see them up on the hoists. (Photo from the CTA Collection)

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PCC cars 6285-86 are up on the hoist inside Desplaines Shops for inspection in 1962. Many of the older shops had hoists that could only lift one car at a time, a fine arrangement when cars were all single units but less convenient once CTA® started ordering nearly all its cars as married pair units. As 6285-86 demonstrate here, Desplaines Shops' hoists can lift two cars together five feet off the ground to give repairmen unrestricted access easily. (Photo from the CTA Collection)

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A train of 6000-series cars is seen going through the car washer built as part of Desplaines Shops. The photo was retouched by the CTA® (most noticeably on the #1 end panels of the front car and to accentuate the spray, which would otherwise be less prominently visible), probably for use in a publication. (Photo from the CTA Collection)

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The east side of Howard Yard is seen looking southeast from Juneway Terrance in 1965. Parked in the yard are several 4000-series cars, with a 6000-series car on the turning loop/yard lead. With the expansion of Howard Yard in the early 1990s, the apartments on the left side of the alley are now gone and this view would be looking directly at the Howard Shops building. (Photo by Miles Beitler)

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This view looking south from the Addison Street overpass shows the newly-opened Kennedy Extension looking south at approximately Cornelia Street circa 1970. When the extension opened, the West-Northwest Route was operated with a mixture of 6000-series cars, seen here in two passing 6-car trains, and 2200-series cars, but since the two cars series were not electrically-compatible they could not be mixed in the same train consist. (Photo from the CTA Collection)

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This candid "everyday moment" photo shows three passengers riding in the back of a 6000-series car circa 1966. Although the last two digits of the car number glass are obscured by the stanchion, we can see that this is a car numbered in the 6500's. And was know that whatever the last two digits in the car number are, it is an even number since in the last 250 6000s (6471-6720) the conductor's position, missing in this view, was in the #2 (back) end of the odd-numbered car, or the "A" car, in the pair. (Photo by Miles Beitler)

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By the 1960s, with all 770 cars delivered, the PCC "L" cars became ubiquitous on the North Side lines. Here, one of the first cars, 1950-built car 6056, is southbound on a Ravenswood All-Stop run nearing Belmont station in August, 1966, passing another 6000-series train running northbound on the Englewood-Howard "A" service. Car 6056 originally had dual dash-mounted headlights, and while the first 200 6000-series had their headlights retrofit above their end doors to match the other 520 6000s, the patched holes are still evident on the car's front end. (Photo by Jerry Appleman)

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A 6000-series married-pair, cars 6019-20, is arriving into Kimball terminal at the end of a Ravenswood "A" run in May, 1964. Still retaining their original dash-mounted headlights, the cars are pulling into the side track at Kimball, usually used for trains going out of service or to be laid up in the yard. The yard's maintenance shop is seen alongside the train. (Photo by Jerry Appleman)