2600 series (Chicago "L")
Rehabbed 2600 series cars on the Blue Line
|Built at||Red Lion Plant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Family name||High Performance|
|Number in service||563|
3458 (renumbered from 3032)
|Capacity||45 (seated-A car)
46 (seated-B car)
|Operator(s)||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Line(s) served||Blue Line
|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)|
|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 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. They were the last railcars to be built by the Budd Company later renamed to Transit America.
Currently, these cars make up the entire Blue Line fleet, most of the Orange Line fleet, and part of the Red Line fleet. Car 3458 can be found on the Brown Line. In June 2014, as more 5000-series cars were being delivered, CTA began to transfer the Red Line's 2600-series cars over to the Blue Line due to them being newer than the existing 2600-series Blue Line cars, transferring the Blue Line's older 2600-series cars to the Orange Line as an interim replacement for its 2400-series cars until the Red and Purple Lines are fully equipped with 5000-series cars. Beginning in October 2014, CTA has also started to transfer some of the Red Line's 2600-series cars directly to the Orange Line to replace the rest of its 2400-series cars in the interim until the Red and Purple Lines are fully equipped with 5000-series cars. However, since the delivery of 5000-series cars is complete and the Red Line still isn't fully equipped with 5000-series cars, the assignment of 2600-series cars on the Orange Line is now likely a permanent assignment until the delivery of the future 7000-series cars.
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. Car 3200 can be found on the Blue Line.
- On March 24, 2014, a CTA 2600 Series train overran the buffers at the O'Hare Airport station injuring 32 people.
Though the 2600-series cars' service lives are ending in the 2020s or 2030s, it is unlikely the 2600-series cars will be retired so soon due to their importance in the CTA's fleet. It is likely the 2600-series cars will be kept in service past the end of their service life.
- "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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