CTA celebrates 75 years with retro railcars

retro railcar
Photo credit CTA

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For the next month, CTA riders can take a step back in time.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Chicago Transit Authority wrapped some of its Red Line railcars in vintage designs.

“These rail cars are wrapped to resemble reproduction of train liveries from about the 1950's to the mid-70's,” said CTA spokeswoman Felicia Matthews.

“The wraps are made out of vinyl and are historically accurate, capturing nearly all the details of the original paint and graphics used on the original railcars from that time.”

Sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry, the wraps includes what some may remember as the “classic” Chicago ‘L’ train design, featuring Mercury Green, Croyden Cream and Swamp Holly Orange.

Other rail lines will feature more vintage designs in the coming weeks, leading up to a Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Daley Plaza, on October 1.

“The public will be able to participate in many fun activities celebrating the heritage of our trains and buses,” said Matthews.

“They'll actually be able to ride around the Loop aboard some of the actual trains and buses from the Heritage Fleet.”

“For 75 years, our dedicated, hard-working employees have kept CTA on track in providing the most equitable, accessible and affordable public transportation in the country,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. in a statement.

“This is a milestone worth celebrating, and we have both entertaining and engaging anniversary activities planned for our customers.”

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