THE 6000s ARE BACK!
CTA has reached agreement with the Fox River Trolley Museum to repurchase
cars 6101-02 for its Heritage Fleet.
The Fox River board approved the sale at its July 8 meeting. CTA signed off
on the terms Monday.
"We've done our part for historic preservation, which is our mission," said
museum President Edward Konecki. "Now it's time for them to go home."
CTA will move the cars Aug. 14-15. The married pair features a set of
outside conductor's controls and twin headlights, which makes them unique
among surviving 6000s.
Fox River has long-term historic preservation in mind. The contract
includes a clause that gives the museum a 90-day right of first refusal to
regain possession of the cars, should CTA decide to terminate its Heritage
Fleet program. they must be returned in fully operable condition.
The cars were never used in public operations at Fox River because of
restrictions written into the contact between the museum and CTA in the
1990s. Essentially, Fox River could not carry paying passengers on the cars.
CTA hopes to unveil the cars to the public in October, but it is hoped to
have them operable for CTAs rail Jamboree Aug. 26.