Lollapaloza

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wilmette2008
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Lollapaloza

Post by wilmette2008 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:33 pm

So this past weekend was Lollapaloza, and I would like to know if anyone riders or employees got to experence the Lolla crowd? Adding to this on Sunday a kid was playing on the train tracks in front of the Wilmette Depot. They tried to deny him boarding but he managed to slip on, so the train called UP commuter control to have a special agent meet the train upon arrival downtown. Any one experience something similar?

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by Milwaukee_F40C » Thu Aug 09, 2018 9:06 pm

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.
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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by Tadman » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:39 pm

Yes, I certainly had some laughs on the Thursday of Lolla on the South Shore. I was inbound around 2pm from Shops to downtown. The train was packed with revelers. The first thing I thought was "holy toledo, you're not anywhere near their age...". I'm 36, it didn't seem like that long ago my friends were the festival-goers.

Once I get on, a 22-ish man sits down next to me in festive garb, while I'm dressed in business attire. The young man asks me (I think he was a bit drunk or high)

young man: "sir, are you going to a business meeting?".

I reply "why no, I'm going to Lolla and getting totally wasted up this afternoon".

Young man: "oh, because you could confuse me, you look like a businessman"

Me: "Yeah, you got me, I'm going to a meeting then having dinner with my girlfriend"

Him: "and then you're going to get wasted, right?"

Me: "uh, sure? maybe not"...

It was quite funny, and the crowd was reasonably well behaved. I can't complain.
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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by wilmette2008 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:56 am

My question is how common is it for Meta/UP/BNSF conductors to have to turn a passenger into the RR Police upon arrival downtown?

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by qboy » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:02 am

It can happen at times. It really depends on the situation if your out in the suburbs and still have many stops to make it would make more since to have the local police deal with it right there in that town. At other times if the train is express and the next stop is downtown it can be easier to just call ahead and the the police waiting upon arrival.

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by wilmette2008 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:02 pm

qboy wrote:It can happen at times. It really depends on the situation if your out in the suburbs and still have many stops to make it would make more since to have the local police deal with it right there in that town. At other times if the train is express and the next stop is downtown it can be easier to just call ahead and the the police waiting upon arrival.
You mean have the Railroad Police meet the train downtown?

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by qboy » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:00 pm

wilmette2008 wrote:
qboy wrote:It can happen at times. It really depends on the situation if your out in the suburbs and still have many stops to make it would make more since to have the local police deal with it right there in that town. At other times if the train is express and the next stop is downtown it can be easier to just call ahead and the the police waiting upon arrival.
You mean have the Railroad Police meet the train downtown?
Yeah usually on rare occurrence its been CPD.

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by wilmette2008 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:01 pm

qboy wrote:
wilmette2008 wrote:
qboy wrote:It can happen at times. It really depends on the situation if your out in the suburbs and still have many stops to make it would make more since to have the local police deal with it right there in that town. At other times if the train is express and the next stop is downtown it can be easier to just call ahead and the the police waiting upon arrival.
You mean have the Railroad Police meet the train downtown?
Yeah usually on rare occurrence its been CPD.
I'm gonna guess that 95% of the time its either Metra or Union Pacific PD?

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Lollapalooza

Post by pudgym29 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:17 am

Greetings, Railroad .net forum members.
I mildly regret having to revive this old thread in order to introduce myself here.
I tried posting a comprehensive response elsewhere on here. A moderator intervened, e-mailing, asking for "proof" that the links to on-topic content were valid - not spam or malware - and I responded. But that does not have seemed to assuage him.
So this shall have to be my 'first' post.
I take advantage of the Thursday + Friday Lollapalooza Metra Rail Pass {there would have been a link there, but I am not passing any links until I actually get approved here} to go to those Metra train lines which do not run on Saturday and Sunday. This includes the Metra Heritage District (for the Pollyanna brewery in Lemont), and the North Central Service (for the Prairie Krafts Brwg. in Buffalo Grove).
Is this a clue for which I ride trains to go to craft brewing breweries and venues?
In the summer 2018, I went to seventy breweries listed in the Illinois Craft Beer 'Passport' {another link withheld}. I did not operate a motor vehicle to ANY of them!
I urge Metra to sell a Thursday + Friday rail pass | open ticket other times of the year. I would not expect it to do so for every week of the year. I would accept it being four times a year, in February, May, August, and November; coinciding with other events occurring at the time {May would be for Illinois Craft Beer Week}.

I hope the moderators here see fit to approve this reply. Thank you.

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by doepack » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:05 am

I do not, and nor should you, expect Metra to issue a four day weekend pass for any other summer festival event outside of Lolla. Even with flat to slightly declining attendance over the last few years, Lolla remains the only event that justifies adding two days to the discount by consistently filling trains for the whole weekend; especially on BNSF. So, this will likely continue to be your annual opportunity to use the four day pass to visit the breweries of your choice.

As for the other festivals, the numbers just aren't there, and isn't worth practically giving the rides away. The regular $10 weekend ticket is good enough otherwise...
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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by eolesen » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:00 am

Yep. Metra's primary customer base is its monthly and regular commuters, not the weekend sometimes riders. And Thursday/Friday are still work days.

For the record, history has shown that regulars tend to stay off the trains on days like the Cubs Victory Parade or other events that bring hoards of half-dressed sweaty younglings to the trains....

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by wilmette2008 » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:57 pm

Lolla stars Thrusday,
Last year on my way to work on Lolla Thrusday a female passenger around 14 years old had a medical emergency at Ravenswood. As a CFD engine was pulling up a passenger shouted, "Fire Truck we need a * Ambulance!" Someone should remind him that its very common in this day and age to send a fire truck or engine often responds either before or with the ambulance.

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Re: Lollapaloza

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:44 pm

FD Paramedics do ride Fire Equipment to rescue calls,and carry the gear that's needed as well.
Depending on the city/town,the ambulance is contracted out to a pvt company at times.
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Re: Lollapaloza

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Re: Lollapaloza

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