Another possibility for splitting 1251 is to use the equipment currently assigned to 1253, which is practically a local to Aurora (skips 5 stops). 1253 leaves at 4:48, arrives Aurora at 6:08; my notes indicate that it's turned from 1268, and turns to 1292. In theory, 1253's departure time could be moved up about 8 min. to 4:40, 4 min. ahead of 1251, and turn it into a Naperville/Rte 59/Aurora express. At the same time, the schedules of adjacent trains 1249 & 1255, both of which terminate in DG, would likely need to be adjusted, by either adding stops, or making minor adjustments to the CUS departure time, or perhaps a combination of the two. The revised schedule then, would look something like this:
1249: [email protected]
, exp to Berwyn, then every other stop to Fairview
1251: [email protected]
, exp to Naperville/Rte 59/Aurora
1253: Dep @446, DG exp (same stops as current 1251)
1255: [email protected]
, local to Berwyn, then every other stop to Fairview, making the stops 1249 skipped.
Positives: This can be done with existing equipment, wouldn't be necessary to borrow a SW set, crew assignments shouldn't be affected, no effect on current equipment cycles, plus no addtional deadhead mileage required.
Drawbacks: The current equipment for this is a six-car set, I think. If so, this proposal would require at least 3; perhaps even up to 5 extra cars to handle the crowds. Unless the cars were cut off at 14th st. earlier in the day, I have no idea where they'd come from...