These retro-themed railcars are part of the agency’s celebration of 75 years in service
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with Butcher Boy Cooking Oils, today released the latest ultracool, vintage wrapped railcars as another way to commemorate the CTA’s 75th anniversary celebration this year. Customers can expect to see the decorated railcars on the Blue Line starting today, allowing them to take a step back in time.
Chicagoland based Butcher Boy Cooking Oils is sponsoring this vintage wrapped train featuring the classic mint green and alpine white look, popular on much of CTA’s ‘L’ fleet from the mid-1960s through the 1980s. This railcar design was seen around the world on many TV shows and movies filmed in Chicago during this period, including the Bob Newhart Show, The Blues Brothers, Cooley High, Code of Silence, and Adventures in Babysitting, among others.
As part of this sponsorship, starting the week of July 25, customers can participate in a sweepstakes competition by sharing their best photo(s) of the vintage wrapped cars as they travel the Blue Line. Photos must be posted to Instagram using the hashtag #CTA75BB (see official rules for more details). Prizes include one year of free rides on CTA, paid for by Butcher Boy Cooking Oils, plus other CTA branded gifts, including t-shirts and mugs.
Last month, Red Line riders had the opportunity to ride the “classic” Chicago ‘L’ train design wrapped railcars that featured the green, cream and orange-colored paint scheme from the 1950s. That installation was sponsored by The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI).
For three-quarters of a century, the CTA has connected customers and communities to activities and opportunities, and we continue to celebrate the integral role the CTA has played in the city’s growth and progress. The celebratory activities are for transit fans of all ages and backgrounds and we welcome Chicagoans to share their CTA memories with us.
Throughout this year the public can participate in fun activities celebrating the amazing history of one of the world’s most iconic transit agencies. These activities will lead to a Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Daley Plaza, on October 1, 2022, where the public can ride around the Loop aboard CTA’s actual Heritage Fleet of vintage trains and buses. Other fun festivities and surprises are planned for the Daley Plaza celebration.
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CTA's 2000-Series railcars (courtesy of Louis Gerard)