CHICAGO SURFACE LINES BUS ROSTER

1927-1939



CHICAGO RAILWAYS

Numbers  Builder    Built    Model     CSL 1944 Nos.  Last Operated

1-5      Twin       1927     40        1101-1105      1949
6-7      Twin       1930     40        1106-1107      1949
501-508  ACF        1935     H13S      2101-2108      1955
509-516  White      1935     684       3101-3108      1949
517-519  Ford       1936     51        4101-4103      1949
520-522  Reo        1936     2LM       5101-5103      1949
523-525  White      1936     706M      3201-3203      1949
526-563  Twin       1937     30R       1201-1238      1952
564-575  Ford       1937     70        4201-4212      1949
576-581  ACF        1938     H13S      2201-2206      1955
582-591  White      1939     805       3301-3310      1949

CHICAGO CITY RAILWAY

Numbers  Builder    Built    Model     CSL 1944 Nos.  Last Operated

301-303  Twin       1928     40        1108-1110      1949
401-402  ACF        1934     H13S      2109-2110      1955
403-404  White      1934     684       3109-3110      1949
405-414  White      1935     684       3111-3120      1949
415      ACF        1935     H13S      2111           1955
416      Ford       1936     51        4104           1949
417      Reo        1936     2LM       5104           1949
418-420  White      1936-37  706M      3204-3206      1949
421-428  White      1937     805       3210-3217      1949
429-432  ACF        1938     H13S      2207-2210      1955
433-434  White      1939     805       3311-3312      1949

CALUMET & SOUTH CHICAGO RAILWAY

Numbers  Builder    Built    Model     CSL 1944 Nos.  Last Operated

801-809  ACF        1935     H13S      2112-2120      1955
810-812  White      1937     706M      3207-3209      1949
813-822  White      1938     805       3221-3230      1949
823-825  White      1939     805       3313-3315      1949


Buses were originally owned by the four companies making up the Chicago Surface Lines (Chicago Railways, Chicago City Railway, Calumet & South Chicago, Southern Street Railway). Buses originally had different numbers in groups according to the owning company, and were renumbered in 1944.

In 1927, Chicago Railways' buses 1-5 were originally used for CSL's first bus route, which was an extension of the Diversey streetcar route. Two additional buses 6-7 arrived in 1930. And in 1930, when a trolleybus route was created on Diversey, these buses were used to create new extension routes on Belmont and on Irving Park. And in 1931, the Belmont extension route was converted to trolleybuses, and all seven buses were then used for the Irving Park Extension.

In 1928, Chicago City Railway buses 301-303 were used to create and extension route on 103rd Street, the first CSL bus route on the south side. And in 1934, buses 401-404 were used to create the 62A Archer Extension route, replacing the Chicago & Joliet Electric Railway service.

And many more extension routes were created beginning in 1935, as more buses arrived. All buses were gasoline powered. Nearly all of these original buses were retired by the mid 1950's, with the arrival of new propane buses from Flxible.


Some roster information is from the book "Chicago Surface Lines, an Illustrated History", by Alan R. Lind.