Chicago Transit Authority Car #6719


Chicago Transit Authority car # 6719 is a rapid transit rail car made by the St. Louis Car Company in 1959, and delivered to the Chicago Transit Authority July 22, 1959. CTA car 6719 was in revenue operation for about 30 years, then used as a work train by CTA for a number of years. The National Museum of American History purchased the car at scrap valuation in December 1999 for the America on the Move Exhibit. Car 6719 is the "A" car of a permanently coupled pair and contains the motorman's cab.

The 6000-series railcars have been called the "workhorses" of the Chicago Transit Authority. Except for a handful of prototype cars developed in the late 1940s, the CTA was using rail cars built in the 'teens and twenties until the first 6000-series cars were delivered in 1950. Over seven hundred of the 6000-series cars were put into service by the CTA between 1950 and 1959. These cars ran throughout the elevated and subway system, serving Chicago commuters until 1992.

Date Made: 1959Used Date: 1959-1990s

Maker: St. Louis Car Company

Used: United States: Illinois, Chicago

See more items in: Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad, America on the Move

Exhibition: America On The Move

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1999.3083.01Nonaccession Number: 1999.3083Catalog Number: 1999.3083.01

Object Name: Elevated railway car

Physical Description: steel (overall material)aluminum (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 ft x 9 1/2 ft x 48 ft; 3.6576 m x 2.8956 m x 14.6304 m


Record Id: nmah_874999

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