newkirk wrote: ↑Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:06 pm
July 8 , 1991
Both Photos - July 15, 1991
BM: Good "before and after" Jay Bendersky pictures of the two Metra E8 units. Take note of the "nose"
of both units - they were both blue on delivery - the LIRR painted both white and placed numerals on both there.
I remember that notches had to be added or modified on the front-end pilot(s) to clear the LIRR third rail.
An interesting C&NW feature used on their E and F units is that they had "nose bells" with the headlight
down below - 516 and 521 are two of four former UP units that went to the RTA and eventually Metra -
these four former UP units in commuter service did not get nose bells installed by North Western.
I would have added parentheses around the number (516) for obvious reasons.
I think of this every time I see DM30 (516)
452: Good post about being involved with the C1 car test program. I remember that the service of E8 units
516 and 521 only lasted about a month - and the decision was made to return the E8 units to Metra in favor
of two GP38 units (251 and 269 am I right?) that had the C1 MU type coupler on one end. Because of this
modification these two units were kept coupled together if they needed to be used in other services.
The 3100 provided the HEP necessary for the C1 cars during this period before the FL9s were available.
452: I changed my post (off topic) with your response about the run on the Heritage Corridor route to Joliet.
There are just five intermediate stations between Chicago Union Station and Joliet.
The Heritage Corridor (former ICG/GM&O) Line passes near Stateville Penitentiary in Crest Hill just north
of the City of Joliet. HC has six stations: Summit, Willow Springs, Romeoville, Lemont, Lockport and Joliet.
I have past personal ties to Chicago and the southwest suburbs and remember the "Blues Brothers" well.
"The Blues Brothers" is not only one of my favorite movies - it was mentioned as one of the best Chicago
featured movies of all time during its 40th anniversary last year (1980)...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS