CTA auction pieces range from entire rail car to fare transfer punch

The CTA has posted a great variety of fun and mundane items for sale in its first-ever online auction.

The auction features more than 100 items, including bus stop signs, seats, switches, doors, rail ties and spikes, crossing gates and rail station clocks. Some of the items date back decades, including 2200-Series rail cars built more than 40 years ago and recently retired from service.

Bidding started last Friday and will continue until 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rick Levin auction site. Try your luck!


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  • No one has yet to explain why a J14 bus stop sign is in the auction.
    Is it damaged? Graffitied beyond repair?
    Why is a sign from a route less than 2 years old in this auction?

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    As I noted, the 148 to Foster sign is about a year old.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Throw in the 111/King Dr. in the same category as 148.

    I also see that with 2 days to go, no bid on the 2 L cars.

  • C'mon Kevin.
    Call up your favorite CTA spokesliar & ask why these currently in use items are being auctioned!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I think you put yourself into a logical trap, although the proper term for it escapes me. Is there something opposite to tautology?

  • In reply to jack:

    It's just rhetorical.
    Tammy Chase will just come up with something stupid to say why they're selling this stuff off.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Getting back to what may be the reason, it may be the combination of the Press Release saying "want a piece of history" (in that 2012 is history) and bids for the bus stop signs being in the $55-$70 range.* That's undoubtedly more than can be saved by scraping off the decal and reusing the metal blank.

    *I wonder if the 22/36 sign is worth $250.00 but that's the bidder's decision. At that rate, CTA may as well replace and auction all of them.

  • I suppose the signs are collectable, but I don't see the point in buying any of the rest of it.

  • I just remembered. I have a sleet scraper from a 5-50 car that flew off an Evanston Express about 35 years ago in Rogers Park. I also have one of the screws that they use to hold the wood guard to the ties on the trestle section.
    I'm set!

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