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Chicago Surface Lines Drawings, 1880-1948

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Creator:
Chicago Surface Lines
West Chicago Street Railroad Company
Chicago City Railway Company
Pennsylvania & West Virginia Railway
Collector:
Transportation, Division of, NMAH, SI
Donor:
Chicago Transit Authority
Subject:
Chicago Board of Traction Supervising Engineers
Chicago Consolidated Traction Company
Chicago Railways Company
Chicago Union Traction Company
D.T. Steelwork Company
Garden City Construction Company
Gilbert Car Manufacturing Company
Lake Street Elevated Railroad (Chicago, Ill.)
North Chicago Street Railroad Company
United States Construction Company
Physical description:
4.6 cubic feet
13 folders
Type:
Blueprints
Collection descriptions
Tracings
Drawings
Place:
Chicago (Ill.)
Date:
1880
1880-1948
Notes:
The street railway system began in Chicago around 1858 with horse-powered cars. In 1880 cable cars began replacing this slow and expensive method, and in the late 1880s new companies sprang up using the new electric "trolleys". The older companies soon followed. The 1890s and early 1900s saw the consolidation and reorganization of the numerous companies until the Unification Ordinance of 1913, which stipulated that all would come under the management of a single company, the Chicago Surface Lines (CSL). The CSL became the largest street railway system in the world.
Summary:
Blueprints and tracings of the Chicago surface railway system,1886-1926. The 15 blueprints are from the Chicago City Railway Company and the West Chicago Street Railroad Company (1891). The 192 tracings include plans of cars for Chicago Railway (1904-1916), Lake Street Elevated Railroad (1895), and the Chicago City Railway (1908-9). Plans of switches, track layouts, power stations, and other railroad structures for a number of companies, most being for the West Chicago Street Railroad Company (1888-1892). Also a single drawing from the Pennsylvania & West Virginia Railway, 1948.
Cite as:
Chicago Surface Lines Drawings, 1880-1948, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Civil engineering
Railroads
Railroads--Buildings and structures
Cable railroads
Railroads--Rolling-stock
Railroads--Equipment and facilities
Engineering and technology
Civil engineers
Railroad engineers
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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