Re: [thegreatthirdrail] CA&E In the 1950s
Well, the Illinois Terminal quit in 1958 and had 8 double-end PCCs that were available. Those were less than 10 years old at the time. Perhaps they could have been adapted for use west of Des Plaines terminal somehow.
Even if they couldn't have run downtown, they might have been useful still.
For that matter, Boston bought the Dallas double-end PCCs in 1959 and those were used eventually on Ashmont-Mattapan. I think there were 25 cars in that batch.
Still, it's hard to believe there wasn't equipment out there that would have helped. Adaptations could have been made- look at what the Tandy subway did to those PCCs, lol.
Now, if money had been available for new equipment, it would have made sense for CA&E to piggyback onto the CTA's order of the 1-50 series single car units, especially getting a few with the high-speed motors. While the riding qualities of 6000s were definitely not as good as today's heavier cars, the singles were better, since they were heavier, having more equipment than a standard 6000 car.
Another possibility is whether any sort of rehab work could have been done to any of the 4000s that CTA was gradually retiring in the 1960s and 70s. Naturally there would have been no problems using these on CA&E or CTA.
To this day there are 4000s running in museum operations in various places.
Um, in real life Eddie Haskell became an LA cop who was shot several times in the line of duty, and Wally is an artist who had someting on display in the Louvre in Paris. Real life is always more interesting than what some people imagine.