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  2. CTA 'L' Rosters

    If only because of the way the cars will be pulled from the yard to enter service. The chance of two 3200 sets on the ends with 2600s in the middle will be, just like the chance of such a combo currently exists on the Orange Line, purely the luck of the draw. Hence, you will see trains on the Blue Line made up entirely of 2600-series cars, and likewise a few trains on the Blue Line made up entirely of 3200s. And the few mixed-series consists will have cars arranged in no particular order.
  3. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Unfortunately, they won’t allow that to happen on the Blue.
  4. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Yes but the issue is I can’t see the 3200s getting retired right away after 656 7000s arrives.
  5. Random Metra

    Good questions. What I do know is NS failed in fulfilling an order for Amtrak cars.
  6. The Breakdown Thread

    Interesting, as I reported 4375 about 10 days ago for no A/C.
  7. CTA 'L' Rosters

    One of the units undergoing Blue Line training was, indeed, 3379-3380, one of the first two pairs of 3200s to receive LED destination signs on an experimental basis (along with 3207-3208, which AFAIK remains on the Orange Line) but by this time had received a full rehab. The ad-wrapped car I couldn't make out its number. The roof board equipped cars will remain on the Brown Line as the clearances in the subway connection between the Milwaukee Avenue elevated and the Kennedy Expressway prohibit their use.
  8. Yesterday
  9. CTA 'L' Rosters

    First reported by chicagopcclcar. Welcome back garmon757!!! We will see if the 3200s are the lead and tail cars with 2600s being bellys. For that matter, it could also happen on the Brown Line. It hasn't been the case on the Orange Line.
  10. The Breakdown Thread

    1842 was on the 126 when it came to the Central & Harrison terminal at Columbus Park. I left 5 minutes. About 20 minutes later when I came back, that bus was sitting for at least an hour until the supervisor came at 1:05 today. Bus came at around 12:05 PM. Other buses passed 1842 at the area. 126 ends at the other side of the park, but when she left maybe her bus was breaking down when she came to the Harrison & Central side.
  11. CTA 'L' Rosters

    That wasn't what I was trying to imply. What I was trying to imply is that 7000s first go to the Orange and Brown Lines and the Blue Line runs rehabs until all the track and electrical issues are worked out. Now maybe what you are getting at is that a certain amount of junk has to be allocated to the Orange and Brown Lines until the 7000s start being delivered. The "ton of defects" may explain why there is so much bloat, but the 7000s timeline still calls for replacing 656 cars (400 base order and options for 256 to replace 3200s).
  12. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Where were these taken and when can we expect them on the blue line
  13. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Exactly, but the Blue indeed need more rail cars because of a ton of defects going on as of lately. So I guess they're trying to be like the Orange Line and balance the fleet out.
  14. CTA 'L' Rosters

    That also brings up that 256 or 258 cars are not enough to cover the Blue Line, but with 90 2600s getting another rehab, that might be.
  15. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Because Blue/Pink/Green are in the West Section of the system. There are some operators who pick motor runs from all three lines. I forgot to mention Green.
  16. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Which brings up that besides the CTA announcement about substation problems in the Milwaukee Ave. subway, the Eisenhower project was supposed to get going by 2019, but it doesn't seem like it is. Why would it include Pink Line operators, as the Pink Line already has 5000s?
  17. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Indeed, they won't be first and the fact that the Congress Branch being awfully neglected kills the opportunity for the Blue Line to get new equipment. These shots were at Illinois Medical District. Also, familiarization training begins for all Blue/Pink Line operators tomorrow.
  18. CTA 'L' Rosters

    But they're on some Black Line route (or a variant of the White Line). That might also confirm that when the 7000s show up, they might not be first assigned to the Blue Line.
  19. Random Metra

    BTW did NS make good on the cars Metra said it owed them (damages for delay and not honoring the assignment of the VRE options)?
  20. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Coming to the Blue Line near you! It is confirmed by three supervisors and 2 rail instructors. Also some Blue Line 2600s are shifting to the Brown Line. Stay tuned!
  21. Renew The Blue: Forest Park Branch

    Everything is almost ready except for the electricians finishing up the wires.
  22. Random Metra

  23. Last week
  24. Pace Bus Moves

    6738 is also at N right now.
  25. Random Metra

    Maybe Siemens buys it for another plant.their sacramento plant is pretty filled up and allows more orderd
  26. Route 72 extra runs for the air show

    They are extras so they wouldn't have a typical run. Just what is programmed to work with the signs.
  27. Random Metra

    Looks like the Rochelle plant will be closing at the end of the month. N-S will put the facility up for sale.
  28. Notice there are at least 5 run numbers the same (810). I know they are not official run numbers but why are they the same? This number I would think would be considered a full time number.
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