Product Idea

CTA 2400 Series Train (Chicago 'L')

Built for the Chicago Transit Authority in 1976 by Boeing-Vertol, the 2400 series not only represented at the time the third of the High-Performance family rapid transit cars, but a return to the sliding doors not seen in over 50 years and a unique livery just in time for the Bicentennial of the United States. Later on in its life, part of its livery was removed, holding onto just the stripes on the side as well as the red/white/blue on the front to eventually after its rehab, stainless steel like the rest of the family.

Even though it ran on all 8 CTA rail lines (unofficially on the Yellow Line), it was most visible on the Purple and Green Lines for the rest of its life and finished on the Orange Line back in October 2014, the date the Orange Line opened back in 1993. As of 2016, 8 railcars (married pairs) using this livery remain on CTA property as Historic cars while cars 2401-2424 are fitted to be work cars and if necessary, passenger service.

Designed to be as true to the 2400 series as possible but retain as much usability as possible, it's slightly longer than other LEGO train cars but does cover the track, just like the real 2400 series (and later) trains the CTA uses. The 1x4 Flat tiles while in real life are actually on the middle window, were moved up to utilize the four knobs. Other parts of the train were simplified for ease of use such as the third rail contact shoe as well as some elements inside the car. On the 4x3 train glass the name "cta 2401" would appear on the one closest to the front and on the opposite side while "cta 2402" would be on the other car in the same location.

LEGO and real life info

  • Married pair (2 cars)
  • Third rail
  • Signal lights above (for towermen)
  • Turn plate (used to simulate turns for now)
  • Flat Panels, represents the grate outside, door controls in the cab 
  • Destination signs (Purple/Green flat tiles shown) have shown "cta | spirit of chicago", A/B skip-stop routes, and the modern destination signs used by the CTA
  • Four cars displayed to show what the end car would look like in a single married pair.
  • Might be possible to use motors otherwise be paired with a motor car for use
  • Pantographs were equipped during testing at Boeing-Vertol's test track

For more info about the 2400 series and photos that inspired it: http://www.chicago-l.org/trains/roster/2400.html