Saturday, March 3, 2012

CSL 4001 Pictures

Bill Wulfert found some nice pictures of the 4001 in the files and made copies of them for Frank. Since Frank wasn't there, he gave them to me. And since I'm in a generous mood, I'll share them with you. No extra charge!

These two I think we've seen before.

But these we haven't. The one on the left is evidently a test run. The car cards have information about the new car and its revolutionary design, such as the forced air ventilation and cork floor. A card on the left says: "The car will be submitted to tests in actual service to determine the merits of the new entrance" (?)

And if you're not aware, the picture on the right is pretty much what the interior looks like today!

Update: However, it's been tarped and is stored in Yard 14. So this is what it looks like from the outside today.


Anonymous said...

For those of us that are extremely culturally challenged or deprived, could you please explain more about CSL 4001 pictured in this post? Who made it? When? Where is it now? what color is it? From the CSL designation may I assume that it was a Chicago Streetcar?

Edward J. Maurath
Slater, MO

Frank Hicks said...

CSL 4001 is the only existing pre-PCC streamliner. It was built in 1934 by Pullman-Standard and retired in 1948. It was a unique car with a unique blue-and-silver livery. The body, sans trucks and interior, was acquired by IRM in 1970. It's currently stored under a tarp in Yard 14.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info, Frank. I will be sure to look for it next time I am at the Museum. I was unaware of it.

Edward J. Maurath
Slater, MO

Randall Hicks said...

Really, it probably isn't worthwhile hiking out to 14 to see the 4001. I added a picture of it above so you get the idea. But maybe one of these days we'll post a car history with lots of pictures.