Rollsigns from Chicago, IL
This front route sign is from the Chicago Transit
Authority's Beverly Garage. The routes served are
from Chicago's far south side district. It is off a
GMC New Look that would have been built in the
early to mid 1960's. This rollsign is unique in that
it is part linen and part mylar, with the newer mylar
exposures inserted at random, as new routes and
branches were introduced. The sign has no printed
date. It has 63 exposures total.

The image of this sign was created from sequential
photographs of the actual sign.


Exposures with an "L" beside it are linen
(44 of the 63 exposures)

Exposures with an "M" beside it are mylar
(19 of the 63 exposures)

The exposures with numbers that have a red
slash through it indicate a "short turn" for that
route, turning back at a set location short of its
normal final destination.
M →
L →
M →
M →
M →
L →
L →
L →
M →
M →
M →
M →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
M →
L →
L →
M →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
L →
← L
← M
← L
← L
← L
← M
← L
← L
← L
← L
← L
← M
← M
← M
← M
← M
← L
← L
← L
← M
← L
← L
← L
← M
← L
← L
← L
← L
← L
← L
← L
This mylar rollsign is from one of
Chicago's "Elevated" trains. It was
designed for their 2400/2600 series
cars.

It is dated June 24, 1984, and has 15
exposures, including the ever popular
"cta - The Spirit of Chicago" exposure.

The black stripe along its right side
contains a series of barcodes, for
automatic destination sign roller fixtures.

The image of this sign has been drawn
virtually perfect to scale, but has been
enlarged 1 1/2 times compared to most
scale drawing signs, to enhance detail.

Its sign tag is shown below:

CITY OF CHICAGO
OE-39 CONTRACT
IL-239013 CAP 73-028
OP82533 2400/2600
SERIES WNW O'HARE-WS-RAV
6/24/84  TRANSIGN
This image is of a Chicago
Marmon-Herrington trolley
coach linen side rollsign. It
has 11 exposures. Its sign
tag is shown below.

This image was provided by
Ray Piesciuk, of the Trolley
Coach Department of the
Illinois Railway Museum
(Union, IL).
DESTINATOR
PRINTED & MANUFACTURED
JUN 4 1951
ELECTRIC SERVICE MFG. CO.
PHILADELPHIA, PA.
PATENT APPLIED FOR
to go to the Chicago Transit
Auth. electronic sign list page.