2000 Series Overview
In service: 1964–1993
Built at: Pullman-Standard Plant, Chicago, Illinois
Family name: High Performance
Entered service: 1964
Number built: 180
Number scrapped: 176
Formation: Married pair
Fleet numbers: 2001–2180
Capacity: 47 (seated-A car), 51 (seated-B car)
Operator: Chicago Transit Authority
Car body construction: Aluminum
Car length: 48 feet (14.63 m)
Width: 9 feet 4 inches (2.84 m)
Height: 12 feet (3.66 m)
Doors: 4 per car
Maximum speed: 55 miles per hour (88 km/h)
Weight: 47,400 pounds (21,500 kg)
Traction motors: 4 GE1250K1 per car
Power output: 100 horsepower (75 kW) each motor
Electric system: 600 V DC third rail
Current collection method: Contact shoe
Track gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Pullman-Standard 2000 Series Railcar
The 2000 series was a series of Chicago "L" car built in 1964 by Pullman-Standard of Chicago, Illinois. 180 cars were built; almost all cars were scrapped in 1993. Four cars were saved, and are preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois.
The 2000 series was the first of five series of Chicago "L" cars known as the High Performance Family.
The 2000-series cars (numbered 2001–2180) were delivered to the CTA in 1964. Like the 6000-series before them, the 2000-series were built as married-pair sets. The cars had a number of modern features, including air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, large windows, and sculptured fiberglass front ends for the car bodies. The car bodies were mainly aluminum.
The 2000-series' more modern control systems initially prevented them from being used in a train with other system types, until the delivery of the 2200-series and later cars.
The last 2000-series cars were scrapped after their final service on the Green Line on December 17, 1993.
The 2000-series had a short service life of only 29 years, with every car of the series being scrapped in 1993. Two cars are preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum. The rest were scrapped.
CTA No. 2141 at Laramie Avenue, September 6, 1967.
By David Wilson from Oak Park, Illinois, USA - 19670906 01 CTA 2141 @ Laramie Ave, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32135263
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