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  by MetraBNSF
 
Was very hard to tell with the snow and speed but 214 is back, rebuilt, lost its OLI logo, and was the lead on a double header, leading 211.
  by F40CFan
 
Does anyone know where 215, 611 and 614 are? They were in their usual spot three weeks ago when I last passed by Western Ave. Last Wednesday there were some flat cars with what looked like bilevels covered with a tarp in that space.
  by MBTA1052
 
Where are Ex Go Transit F59s currently running these days or are they out of service for the moment?
  by eolesen
 
MBTA1052 wrote:Where are Ex Go Transit F59s currently running these days or are they out of service for the moment?
They’d been on the MILW lines and presumably still are since it’s only 3 years or so since they joined the roster.


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  by F40CFan
 
614, 611 and 215 are on the east side of Western Ave. coupled behind an F59PH.
  by MetraBNSF
 
F40CFan wrote: Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:49 pm 614, 611 and 215 are on the east side of Western Ave. coupled behind an F59PH.
Also saw 413 and 94 coupled on each end. 413 was coupled to 215 and 94 coupled to 614.
  by F40CFan
 
Looks like 422 was freshly repainted. The roof is now all black instead of that silver/grey color. I think it looks better.
  by MetraBNSF
 
Safe to say that all of the Winnebagos (F40PHM-3) have basically been rebuilt. The only ones that have not been seen lately are 195, 199, 210, and 213.
  by doepack
 
Two F59PHI's (76 and i think 83) are on UP, with the former starting to become a regular on UPW. They seem to idle a bit quieter than the screamers...
  by Metra210
 
Since this forum was last updated, units 199 and 210 have returned from Progress Rail. Last to return are 195 and 213.
  by Pensyfan19
 
As of September 24, 2020, Metra F40C #610 (as well as IHB SW1200 2256) have been scrapped at NRE's Dixmoor shops. This is because the scrap dealer in that town will be shutting down soon, and i trying to scrap as much as they can.

https://railpictures.net/photo/749080/
  by eolesen
 
Looks like 90 (F59PHI CNW Heritage unit) will be making its inaugural run on the UP-NW at 1000 on October 7 from Olgilvie to Crystal Lake.
  by qboy
 
It actually should end up running on all three UP lines. As it will lead with CNW and State of Illinois unit for the DMSQ train. First on the Geneva, then Harvard, and finally Kenosha lines. I pulled right next it the train this morning at CPT/OTC. And it followed the M21 west.
  by eolesen
 
It's two crappy pictures because my drone was misbehaving and the sun was in the wrong place for my stationary camera, but the bigger news from today's run is that they also ran a MP36 on the Harvard Sub. That's never happened before as far as I know...
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  by F40CFan
 
I was under the impression that MPs weren't allowed on the NorthWestern because of weight restrictions, or was that only on the north line.
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