2400 series (Chicago "L")
|Built at||Boeing-Vertol Plant, Eddystone, Pennsylvania|
|Family name||High Performance|
|Number in service||(24 in work service)|
|Capacity||43 (seated-A car)
45 (seated-B car)
|Operator(s)||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Car body construction||Stainless steel|
|Car length||48 feet (15 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||54,300 pounds (24,600 kg)|
|Traction motors||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 2400 series is a series of Chicago "L" cars built between 1976 and 1978 by Boeing-Vertol of Eddystone, Pennsylvania. 200 cars were built (numbered 2401–2600) and on October 31, 2014, the series was retired from revenue service. These cars were in service for 38 years.
The 2400 series was the third series of five interoperable series of Chicago "L" cars known as the High Performance Family. These cars were the first "L" cars built since the 4000 series of 1914 to feature sliding doors rather than the folding blinker doors featured on the other cars that were in service at the time, with wider doorways allowing the cars to accommodate wheelchair users. The 2400-series cars featured smooth steel exteriors as opposed to the corrugated exteriors of the previous series. As delivered, the cars featured a red, white and blue color scheme on the front and rear of the cars, as well as stripes along the sides. Cars 2401–2422 were later modified to be used for work service as well as revenue passenger service and given red and white striping along their sides as well as on the front and rear of the cars. They were refurbished at the Skokie Shops in Skokie, Illinois between 1987 and 1995. These "work motor" units remain active.
Beginning in Fall 2003, the red, white and blue colors on the ends and sides of the 2400-series cars were removed, giving the cars an unpainted steel appearance similar to the rest of the "L" fleet. This was done so as to give a more unified appearance, as well as to reduce maintenance costs. The "work" cars retain the red and white striping on their ends, but the stripes on their sides have been removed.
In the 1990s, the 2400-series cars were used on the Red Line in mixed sets with unrefurbished 2600-series cars. While the 2600-series cars were being refurbished, the 2400-series cars were used temporarily on the Red Line. The Green Line also primarily used these cars until mid-May 2013 when they were replaced by 5000-series cars. Until late May 2014, these cars were also assigned to the Purple Line; for the entire 2000s and early 2010s, the Purple Line fleet consisted entirely (or nearly entirely) of these cars. The Purple Line fleet of 2400-series cars were retired in May 2014 and have been replaced by 2600-series cars which were displaced from the Red Line as more 5000-series cars were assigned to that line and since April 2014, several 5000-series cars have been assigned to the Purple Line as well. From November 8, 2012 until retirement on October 31, 2014, some of these cars were also assigned to the Orange Line. During the morning rush on October 31, 2014, the 2400-series operated its last revenue run on the Orange Line. The Orange Line cars have been replaced in the interim by 2600-series cars until the Red and Purple Lines are fully equipped with 5000-series cars.
After retirement, several cars were preserved. Preserved cars include:
- 2433-2434, preserved at the Illinois Railway Museum.
- 2455-2456, 2489-2490, 2537-2538, 2543-2544, used on the ceremonial last trip and farewell tour of the 2400-series cars on January 21, 2015.
- 2503, used in a training facility.
- "CTA Car Assignments". Chicago-L.org. Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
- "2400-series Cars". Chicago-L.org. Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
Media related to 2400 series at Wikimedia Commons