Friday, July 20, 2018

#fbf: A streetcar named retired with video footage

[VIDEO] Since we gotten on this particular subject fairly recently, on June 22, 1958 the last street car ran in Chicago. This was established in another post from last month the former 22A Wentworth which is now the 24 Wentworth bus. Also know that most CTA bus routes are descended from the old streetcars and the "windy city" at one point boasted the world's largest streetcar network

In this vid you see above from CTA' YouTube channel it shows a number of scenes of Chicago streetcars from about 1955 to 1958. Then at about 1:45 mins into the video you will see footage of the last run of the aforementioned route 22A - well actually you see for the sign 22 Vincennes so time to do more research. Anyway we see it on it's run through Chinatown with a police escort as there is a car with a flashing police light on it.

We get to know the men who were on that last streetcar run for CTA William E. Rye was the conductor & Marvin H. McFall was the motorman. Now I wonder what both men did once the last streetcar had been retired. Did they move on to other roles in CTA?

I hope you enjoy this flashback.

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