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Re: Here Ya Go...CTA New 5000 ACs (PHOTOS)

Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Wed Oct 14 10:44:26 2009, in response to Re: Here Ya Go...CTA New 5000 ACs (PHOTOS), posted by randyo on Wed Oct 14 00:54:32 2009.

I don't have specific info at hand about the choice of blinker type doors for "L" equipment, but the use was quite extensive. Introduced on the four articulated 5000 cars, blinkers came on the 770 PCCs, the 180 Pullman high performance cars, and the 150 Budd 2200 series. The 2400 series was advertised as having two-part sliding doors to accomodate wheelchairs, implying that if that hadn't been a legal requirement, that blinker doors might have still been used..my conjecture here.

The only official detriment to blinker doors was expressed by management following a fiery crash between a PCC streetcar and a gasoline truck. Management felt that many deaths were caused by the crush of passengers against the blinker doors that kept the doors from opening inwards to allow for escape. Still the design was applied to cars received after that fatal incident. Management insisted however that doors be able to be opened without power in an emergency.

David Harrison


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