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Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak v. NS - Twitterwar
Replies: 60
Views: 8822

Re: Amtrak v. NS - Twitterwar

One further thought about Amtrak's own delays: At least at downstate Illinois stations in the last few years, they seem to check tickets on the platform a lot, even when the train comes in late. Sometimes this is clever and helpful -- one conductor had noticed the size of each group and noticed whi...
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Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Siemens Charger Locomotives
Replies: 751
Views: 182324

Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

I heard that only one Charger is in service Chicago-Milwaukee and two are testing as trailing units Chicago-St. Louis. What kind of issues are keeping the others from being in service? Andy CHI-STL trains don't have a Charger in the lead because they haven't yet gotten the proper cab signaling/etc ...
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Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance
Replies: 1380
Views: 300582

Re: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance

eolesen wrote:Not sure why they chose not to do the roof with the wrap.
Heat from the exhaust and dynamic brake grids would burn and discolor said wrap.
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Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Capitol Limited Thread
Replies: 463
Views: 71853

Re: Amtrak Capitol Limited Thread

Anyone know what kind of consists the CL is currently running? I'll be making a WAS - CHI trip on #29 next week (in sleeper). Last time I rode it was in the dead of winter, about a year and a half ago, and I've had better trips; sleepers up front and only one locomotive with no baggage car, so the h...
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: New Midwest/California Bi-Level Discussion
Replies: 602
Views: 118890

Re: New Midwest/California Bi-Level Discussion

My paycheck is signed one of the entities involved with this order of cars (although I'm not in the same department and have no direct involvement). My limited understanding is that a) , a method has been found to keep the funding "alive" after the approaching deadline, so b) , the cars WILL eventua...
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Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Siemens Charger Locomotives
Replies: 751
Views: 182324

Re: Siemens Charger Locomotives

As of this writing, Lincoln Service train #304 has a Charger in the trailing position, behind P42DC #62 [didn't catch a number on the 46XX unit - too far away].If this consist has remained unchanged since its last visit at CHI, it left there at 9:25a yesterday as train #303 (which best I can figure,...
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak: PTC Mandate, Progress System Wide
Replies: 389
Views: 44852

Re: The inevitable impossible - PTC is down!!!

twropr wrote: I wonder if the ITCS segment over UP's former GM&O between Dwight and Pontiac, IL is still operational?
I suspect it isn't. A buddy of mine rode the Lincoln Service last weekend and kept an eye on his phone's GPS during that segment. Said the speed never rose above ~79 mph.
by byte
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance
Replies: 1380
Views: 300582

Re: Metra Locomotive Assignments And Maintenance

A clue: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ethover/21068964683

Someone in the comments references METX 217 being a "parts unit."


Edit: Also, this Progress Rail facility in Georgia is ... pretty small!
by byte
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: CTA Connections YouTube Channel
Replies: 10
Views: 5272

Re: CTA Connections YouTube Channel

This is correct. Theoretically you can walk from end to end in both the Blue and Red line subways, although there's one closed former stop in the Red line subway (Washington) which I think has "do not enter" signs posted on both ends of its platform area. If you snuck around them and a CTA employee ...
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Tue May 10, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Strange Metra train
Replies: 6
Views: 3596

Re: Strange Metra train

Not sure when they don't double head them, perhaps some of the issues are related to engine-coach MU connections and the trailing engine is not hooked up to HEP or MU cabling, just air. That's speculation. If there's several people on board who might need access inside the locomotive, it's probably...
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Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: 6 hour layover in Chicago ideas
Replies: 15
Views: 6435

Re: 6 hour layover in Chicago ideas

54th/Cermak on the Pink Line has a funny arrangement with its platform as well - it's a single platform but long enough to hold two eight-car trains [accessed from the far track by a pair of strategically-placed crossovers] with some kind of fence/barrier in between that I think can be walked around...
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Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: 6 hour layover in Chicago ideas
Replies: 15
Views: 6435

Re: 6 hour layover in Chicago ideas

Realistically, this is kind of an optimistic goal for a Sunday (Metra service intervals: one train every two hours). You could spend hours trying to shoot the -two- trainsets being used on the BNSF that day. If you want to see F40s, a better bet might be to venture up to the Clybourn station on the ...
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Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: Construction and Projects
Replies: 232
Views: 83059

Re: Construction and Projects

Pretty obvious work is being done at street level (including the temporary closure of Wabash right underneath where the new station will be), but as of last week (last time I was in that area of the loop), a completed station is still pretty far off.
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Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: METRA Hiliners status please
Replies: 17
Views: 9816

Re: METRA Hiliners status please

Yeah, after that last post I went snooping around on the internet and found some other post about the final trip being a one-way run to University Park on train #117, and the return on #122 being on new cars. No idea if it's true or not but there are a couple weeks to find out. It would be a no-brai...
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Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Chicagoland Commuter & Transit
Topic: METRA Hiliners status please
Replies: 17
Views: 9816

Re: METRA Hiliners status please

That makes total sense but it's kinda nuts seeing as that they never did fit, and the museum held on to them for 10-ish years. I took the chief quite a lot from 2004 to 2009 and always wondered what the cars were doing there, along with a MILW combine and a Cadillac and Lake City diner. None of whi...

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