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2023 Speaker Series: CTA Rail Cars Built (and Proposed) by Pullman

Sunday, June 25 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location Info
11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60628 United States



The Pullman company built several different models of ‘L’ train cars and streetcars for Chicago over the years. To commemorate Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)’s 75th anniversary of operating Chicago’s ‘L’ trains and buses, we’ll look at train cars Pullman built in the postwar period for the CTA, including some concepts that were only built as prototypes and others that were proposed but never ordered.

Graham Garfield is a transit professional, Graham has a background in planning, operations, design and history. He researches and writes on Chicago ‘L’ history, and runs the website Chicago-L.org. Graham is also CTA’s General Manager of RPM Operations & Communication Coordination, coordinating the Red and Purple Modernization Project construction with CTA’s Planning, and Bus and Rail Operations departments; customer communications for construction impacts within CTA rail stations, railcars and buses; and standards for permanent customer communications within new rail stations. Working for CTA since 1999, he has previously held management positions in CTA’s Facilities, Construction and Rail Operations departments, and was GM of Customer Information, overseeing the agency’s signage, branding, publications, graphics, and digital and social media for 12 years.


Join Historic Pullman Foundation at these casual presentations on the third Sunday of every month. This series is a chance to learn more in-depth about Pullman history (the man, the town, the company).

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