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by Milwaukee_F40C
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance
Replies: 1380
Views: 300582

Re: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance

I think what happened is that Metra announced a request for proposals for 611 and 614 and they got no proposals from any qualified bidders.
by Milwaukee_F40C
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance
Replies: 1380
Views: 300582

Re: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance

The F40PH model was factory painted that way by Life-Like, along with the BN E9 scheme. Looks like they were trying to cover all the Chicago commuter lines with the closest model they had. I imagine not many Nortran models were sold outside their territory. http://tycotrain.tripod.com/lifelikemodelt...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: "Lord Randal's" Latest Wisdom
Replies: 8
Views: 1300

Re: "Lord Randal's" Latest Wisdom

I happen to read Robert Poole and Randal O'Toole stuff with interest. They are contrarians against central planning everything. The arguments O'Toole made against fuel tax hikes and public projects at this time are sound. And my employment happens to benefit any time municipalities build things. I d...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Pink line: Trapped in a gap...
Replies: 13
Views: 1936

Re: Pink line: Trapped in a gap...

The trolley museum uses stingers quite often, though on the trolley pole shoes, not the third rail shoes which are supposed to be disconnected. Also, similar grounding cables from the trolley wire to the bonded rail for different kinds of above ground work. I was in NYC in August 2001 and was defini...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance
Replies: 1380
Views: 300582

Re: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance

I think at least one person on the Metra board will push for as many commemorative paint jobs as they can get away with.

Would have been nice if 100 had an actual RTA paint job and not just a wrap. I like that scheme.
by Milwaukee_F40C
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Rebuilt SD70MACH orders
Replies: 37
Views: 6140

Re: Rebuilt SD70MACH orders

Metra had shown a drawing with the SD70ACe body style in Metra colors, which is probably wrong. I read elsewhere that these would have two axles powered and one unpowered on each truck, either A1A-A1A or B1-1B. You could still have 6 inverters- 1 for each traction motor, 1 for HEP, and 1 redundant. ...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: CTA Historic Cars
Replies: 4
Views: 3885

Re: CTA Historic Cars

There is a CTA charter scheduled to use Boeing 2400s on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 to benefit the Fox River Trolley Museum. Leaves Wilmette at 10:00am. Tickets are available. https://www.foxtrolley.org/CTA-Charter" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; https://www.gofundme.com/fox-river-t...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: CN blocks Metra and Emergency Vehicles
Replies: 4
Views: 2074

Re: CN blocks Metra and Emergency Vehicles

Is CREATE still going on for new proposals?
by Milwaukee_F40C
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra to reissue rail-car RFP
Replies: 4
Views: 2314

Re: Metra to reissue rail-car RFP

I thought Metra was already having N-S build more new cars through an option order from VRE. What ever became of that? It is too bad N-S has had all these problems in the U.S. market. They should have been the best option for Metra just to keep things simpler. Why not build the cars overseas again?
by Milwaukee_F40C
Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Lollapaloza
Replies: 15
Views: 3413

Re: Lollapaloza

I once saw a Metra conductor try to reprimand a person who crawled under the train I was on to get to the boarding side, saying he was going to get turned in to Amtrak police downtown. But he just ran off the train at the next stop. This was over twenty years ago.
by Milwaukee_F40C
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra to Elgin
Replies: 4
Views: 2280

Re: Metra to Elgin

Apparently "Atlantic & Pacific" was its charter name, and "Chicago & Pacific" by the time of construction. I think C&P is still referred to in some ways, and C&M ("Chicago & Milwaukee") for the north line. "Chicago & Evanston" was the beloved collection of branches running past Goose Island and Wrig...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Tue May 22, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra issues RFP for Locomotives.
Replies: 16
Views: 6480

Re: Metra issues RFP for Locomotives.

Backshophoss wrote:If METRA ever buys new,figure on F125's from Cat/EMD,built in state to boot. :wink:
I think that plant is on its last legs. They haven't even built locomotives there in years.
by Milwaukee_F40C
Tue May 22, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes
Replies: 486
Views: 137594

Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

I think from the outside one of the features of rehabbed cab cars is black rubber placed around the rear door area. Does this mean a tubular style diaphragm? On the cab end of the car? That would be quite a change. It would help if a Metra train has to be coupled to Amtrak Superliner equipment for ...
by Milwaukee_F40C
Tue May 22, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes
Replies: 486
Views: 137594

Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

I don't know why they don't just paint the steel cars solid silver since they are never going to put together a matching train of them.
by Milwaukee_F40C
Tue May 22, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance
Replies: 1380
Views: 300582

Re: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance

From what I heard, Progress pretty much fabricates all new body work for all the Metra rebuilds. If the frame is good, 205 might be salvageable. It wouldn't be the first frame-up wreck repair.

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