Product Details


Title:
Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies
Author:
Bruce G. Moffat
Publisher:
Shore Line Interurban Society
ISBN or Item #
slihsd5
Date Listed:
2014-11-25 00:00:00
Retail Price:
$19.95
Our Price:
$18.95
Description:
Untitled Document

The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies

By Bruce G. Moffat.

Stapled softcover, 8.5x11", 64 glossy pages, b/w and color photos, map, charts, tables, drawings. 2014.

"Dispatch No. 5 is The Chicago "L's" Great Steel Fleet - The Baldies by Bruce G. Moffat.

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"In the early 20th Century, managers of Chicago's elevated railways ordered the famous fleet of 4000s, 250 of which were called "Baldies" due to their bare steel arched roofs. Now, 100 years after the delivery of the first cars, Bruce Moffat discusses what was then a revolutionary car design.

"In the early 20th Century, overwhelmed with riders, managers of Chicago’s elevated railways were faced with two huge challenges, an insufficient car fleet and tremendous congestion on the Loop. Through routing of trains and terminals short of the Loop eased the congestion. Providing sufficient rolling stock resulted in ordering the famous fleet of 4000s, 250 of which were called “Baldies” due to their bare steel arched roofs. These Baldies were delivered during 1914 and 1915."