2600 series (Chicago 'L')
Unrehabbed 2600-series cars at the Cicero-Berwyn Terminal on July 17, 1994.
|Built at||Red Lion Plant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Family name||High Performance|
|Number in service||581|
3458 (renumbered from 3032)
|Capacity||45 (seated-A car)
46 (seated-B car)
|Operator||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Depot(s)||98th Street Yard
Kimball Yard (3458 only)
|Line(s) served||Red Line
Brown Line (3458 only)
|Car body construction||Stainless steel|
|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 (89 km/h)|
|Weight||54,140 pounds (24,560 kg)|
|Engine(s)||4 GE1262A1 per car|
|Power output||110 horsepower (82 kW) each motor|
|Electric system(s)||600 V DC third rail|
|Current collection method||Contact shoe|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The 2600 series was the fourth series of five interoperable series of Chicago 'L' cars known as the High Performance Family.
The 2600 series cars (numbered 2601–3200) were manufactured by the Budd Company, the same company that made the 2200 series. The cars were first delivered to the CTA in 1981, in time for the upcoming O'Hare Airport extension of the Kennedy Line (now known as the northwestern end of the Blue Line). Originally, an order was made for 300 cars, but this order was later increased to 600 cars, all of which were delivered between 1981 and 1987.
With 581 active cars, the series is by far the most abundant in the 'L' rolling stock. They were refurbished by Alstom of Hornell, New York, between 1998 and 2002. They are quite similar in design to the earlier 2400 series.
These cars make up the entire Blue Line fleet and half of the Red Line fleet, and car 3458 (originally car 3032) can be found on the Brown Line and two cars are also assigned to the Yellow Line. However, the Red Line's cars have recently started to be moved over to the Purple Line to replace its 2400-series cars as the 2600-series cars on the Red Line get displaced by the new 5000-series cars. As of March 2014, these cars now make up more than half of the Purple Line fleet.
Budd/Transit America had completed car 3200 on April 3, 1987. Car 3200 was not only the final car of the 2600-series order, but was the final railcar to be constructed by Budd/Transit America. Once the order was completed, Budd shut down its railcar business.
- "CTA Car Assignments". Chicago-'L'.org. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
- "2600-series Cars". Chicago-'L'.org. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
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