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.
When I got this linen rollsign , the info about
it stated it was designed for one of Chicago's
propane powered Flxible Twin Coaches, and
was believed to be from the early 1960s. I
have since learned that is not the case.

This side rollsign was designed for the one
of Chicago Surface Lines, and later Chicago
Transit Authority's double ended standard
cars. "Standard cars" were ones that were
built by various manufacturers, mainly
St. Louis Car Co., but included others from
Cummings and Twin Cities Rapid Transit,
and some even being home built. They all
had a similar design, with variations like
two and four motor powered, and multiple
unit operation and trailer pulling. The cars
that would have held a sign like this were
part of the fleet number series 1721-1785,
2859, 3119-3321 or 6155-6239.

The sign was printed for the CTA's 77th St.
Depot. It has 10 exposures. It would have
been screen printed in house at the CTA
shops. Their equipment was set up to screen
a maximum of six exposures at a time.

Exposures such as CLARK-WENTWORTH
and BROADWAY-STATE have been removed
from the sign. The sign itself has no print
date, but is from the era between 1945, after
PCCs took over the Clark-Wentworth and
Broadway-State lines, and 1948, when the
Cottage Grove-South Chicago line was
abandoned. All readings on this rollsign
were still rail in the 1940s, with several
such as Cottage Grove-South Chicago and
Cottage Grove-Stony Island never running
as a bus route with that name.

(Updated information about this sign
was provided by Andre Kristopans.)
Chicago Surface Lines streetcar #3142 is the type of vehicle this side
rollsign was designed for.
(Photo from Wikipedia, by David Wilson.)
This mylar rollsign is designed for one of Chicago's PCC
body "Elevated" train cars. The sign is dated January 3,
1991 and has 29 exposures. Its sign tag is shown here.

This rollsign is not part of Rollsign Gallery's collection.
The use of this rollsign to be drawn for Rollsign Gallery
was graciously offered by its owner, Dale Knutson
CTA Requisition Number: G-13349U
29-Reading Rail Roller Curtain Sign
1/3/91