Here's an interesting email we received from a reader, Phil O'Keefe. I can't answer his questions, but I'm sure some of our knowledgeable audience can help! He writes:
I really enjoy your blog.
I am a big CSL fan. I have been for over 40 years. I know quite a bit about the streetcars and routes. One thing I have been wondering about for quite a while now is… What kind of fare registers did the CSL Blue Goose PCC cars have? I have looked at this vintage photo of a car in original 2-man configuration and I see nothing except what appears to be a farebox:
Now the thing is, the Peter Witt cars and
Pullman pre-PCC car each had a square International fare register mounted above the conductor’s station:
Then, the postwar PCC cars have the round International fare registers which were probably salvaged from older red streetcars that were scrapped just before and after WW2. (I believe that International Register Company phased out the round fare registers around WW1 after the square registers were introduced.)
If you don’t know the answer to my question, then I would appreciate it if you could ask around IRM. I’m sure someone there would know the answer. BTW, it would make a cool blog article to discuss CSL/CTA fare registers. I think the CSL primarily used International registers, but I suspect there were some older cars that had
(or Sterling Meeker) registers. I
found a Sterling years ago with a CSL-looking number painted on the face, but no
CSL logo. The face needed restoration, so I added the logo just for
Oh, I’d like to mention that when I lived in the Chicago-area, I was an active member at the Fox River Line. I worked as a motorman and conductor for many years and ended up as Assistant Trainmaster. I also worked on car maintenance/repairs/restoration. One of my biggest projects was getting NSL 715 repaired, repainted, and back in service again after we purchased it from TWERHS at
East Troy. It was
a real mess when we got it.
Here’s a photo of Stan Bristol (conductor) and myself (motorman) with George Krambles and his entourage at the museum in the late ‘80s.
I was motoring CTA 4451 on an inspection trip for Krambles. I let him motor the car back to the depot from the end of the line.
I would really love to operate the CSL streetcars at IRM, but I now live in
Minnesota about 4 hours
away from Union. I would only be able to come
out maybe a couple of days a year to operate if I may.