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  1. 2 points
    The 130 railcar 6000 series quickly gained a nickname....."spam cars." Depending on who it was you talked to, some claimed that the name simply originated from the shape of the cars. Others claimed their lightweight metal construction and apparently weak structural strength in a collisions. In my little work group, we associated the fact that the cars had no insulation....so inside, it was bare metal, cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Photo Newly painted in Kimball yard, Ravenswood line (Today's Brown line). Photo by Alan Feinstein Collection of: Joe Testagrose
  2. 2 points
    Since it was sitting at 74th, it's possible that it was waiting for a relief driver that was late or never showed and not actually broken down. That is the relief point for the 9/X9 after all with 74th Garage being just two blocks to the west.
  3. 1 point
    The CTA is adding two PCC 6000 series to its Heritage Collection, cars #6101-6102. Around 1980, the two cars were repainted into the colors that they were delivered in 1950s. They helped open the Dearborn-Lake-Milwaukee subway in the 1951. The cars were donated to the Fox River Trolley Museum which announced the agreement last week. "THE 6000s ARE BACK!" CTA has reached agreement with the Fox River Trolley Museum to repurchase cars 6101-02 for its Heritage Fleet. The Fox River board approved the sale at its July 8 meeting. CTA signed off on the terms Monday. "We've done our part for historic preservation, which is our mission," said museum President Edward Konecki. "Now it's time for them to go home." CTA will move the cars Aug. 14-15. The married pair features a set of outside conductor's controls and twin headlights, which makes them unique among surviving 6000s. Fox River has long-term historic preservation in mind. The contract includes a clause that gives the museum a 90-day right of first refusal to regain possession of the cars, should CTA decide to terminate its Heritage Fleet program. They must be returned in fully operable condition. The cars were never used in public operations at Fox River because of restrictions written into the contact between the museum and CTA in the 1990s. Essentially, Fox River could not carry paying passengers on the cars. That clause will not be included should the cars revert to Fox River. CTA hopes to unveil the cars to the public in October, but it is hoped to have them operable for CTA's Rail Jamboree Aug. 26. DH Photo is a art project that I did featuring all the 6000 series.
  4. 1 point
    According to first and fastest cta has repurchased #6101-02 from fox river transit museum. Its on facebook. Im working so i cant talk now just figured I'd let everyone know. This is awesome news!! https://www.flickr.com/photos/76677346@N04/21254291653
  5. 1 point
    6101-6102 were a part of order for 130 railcars built by the St. Louis Car Co. In 1943, the City of Chicago opened its first subway, the State St. subway and all the steel 4000 series were placed in service on this route. A second subway, the Dearborn-Lake-Milwaukee, construction was suspended during the war effort. Older wood/steel cars are banned from the subways. The city and the rapid transit companies agreed to fund four experimental cars and to use ideas that developed for a order of new steel cars. Four cars were delivered in 1947 and in 1948. The railcars was based on a New York City subway cars, the compartment Bluebirds. Bluebirds were 10 ft. wide. Our Initial Subway System was designed for 9 ft. 4 in. Chicago's four units came from the St. Louis Car Co. and from Pullman Car Co with our standard 8 ft. 8 in. width. By the time the experimental cars were delivered, the Chicago Transit Authority had assumed authority for the city's bus, streetcar, and the elevated operations. The experimental cars, called compartment cars, were given numbers in the 5000 range. The four experimental units brought many features...PCC technology, conductor controls inside, blinker doors, Cineston controller, 9 ft. 4 in. at the windows giving more space inside. But the new CTA engineers scrapped the idea of the compartmental articulated cars and went for the "married pairs" style featuring two sets of "blinker doors" on the sides of each married pair. The CTA kept all electric operation including no air brake was featured. They liked the idea of a complete motorman cab.... but public use was included when the cab was not in operation. They liked the side door marker lights. Of course, the front end "rail fan seat" was adopted. The PCC technology stayed, hand cranked windows changed to thumb latches, two by two seating and the metal car body structure remained. The two pairs of blinker doors per car. Surprising, the doors were flat, not curved to match the car sides. The conductor's position was placed in-between the "B" ends...outside too. And the trucks did not have track brakes. The "A" ends had two headlights, roller curtain signs inside, the car sides had standee windows added, but on the roof, trolley poles that had equipped the 5000s were left off. The first 6000 railcars were received in August, 1950, and by December 6000-class cars provided 100 percent of Logan Square service including #6101-6102. By March, 1951, the extra cars from the 130 car order were assigned to the Ravenswood service. A month before, the Dearborn-Lake-Milwaukee subway opened and all Logan Square service was moved there. The CTA suspended service on the Paulina elevated. The 130 PCC 6000 series featured a new color scheme too. Colors were mercury green, croydon cream, swamp holly orange. The green covered from the floor to the waist and a broad stripe through the standee windows. Cream covered everything else. There was a fourth color....a dark green pin-stripe around the mercury and the orange waist band. The roofs were quickly changed from cream to green. There were several unique cars with unique color treatments. The color scheme didn't last and the following new order for 70 cars simplified the design with a few years. Photo 1. All four 5000 unit were coupled together almost the same consist as eight standard CTA cars. CTA photo. Photo 2. A 6000 series train comes down the incline preparing to enter the subway. CTA photo. Photo 3. This CTA photo was taken on the north side mainline during testing. The photo was used as the cover for the book, "CTA at 45", by George Krambles. DH
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    Hey my dentist has an office right over the Kimball subway and when the train passes you can hear it pass. Sometimes the building seems to vibrate or maybe that is just the drill he is using. See you can multitask, if your a real train buff. You can get your teeth fixed and listen to trains at the same time!! Now just don't hear any #4000 whistles or I'll be jumping out of the chair.
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    Haha. That's funny. The O'Hare branch of the Blue Line has a subway with 2 stations, Logan Square and Belmont. Proceeding North from Logan Square, the subway runs under Kimball to Belmont. After Belmont, the subway curves NW to join the Kennedy Expressway.
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    CTA doesn't have any updating either. Like say when a #152 is late EB it can switch at Western, but you'll never know that looking at bustracker. Only if it can flip to a designated sign display will bustracker be able to relay the info. By default the system should be programmed to only say Kedzie even though it's going to Western. But then again don't ask me why there is no blue line sign wb with all the cubs short turns on the #152. They really need to program the signs to be effective. They can't increase memory size or something? I find this astonishing in the computer age cause i can put movies on my cell phone so wth? Regardless your not going to be hurt as bad by CTA as Pace just due to it's increased frequency but when you are talking 30 minutes becoming an hour in rush hour this is a problem.
  9. 1 point
    Stop that you silly wabbit!!!
  10. 1 point
    Here are some shots I took of #3210-09 and #3300. #3300: #3210: #3209:
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    The problem with Claypool and Huberman in particular, and to a lesser extent Kruesi, was that instead of the CT Board following Sec. 27 of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Act that "The Board may appoint an Executive Director who shall be a person of recognized ability and experience in the operation of transportation systems to hold office during the pleasure of the Board" both Mayors Daley and Emanuel appointed their political operatives, usually to "clean up a mess,"* but resulting in a bigger mess, and the boards rubber stamped that. Then Emanuel sent Claypool over to the schools to make a mess there (as Daley did with Huberman). As far as I can tell, Carter learned enough working in the CTA law department and for FTA to know something about the transit industry. At least he listens better to the riders than his predecessors ever did. As for the operators, while I recognize the about 90 year history of the ATU, the bus and L operators make about $67,000/year plus benefits plus overtime, but the union engages in stunts like the the threat of an illegal strike last month, which only has the effect of scaring riders.I suppose stuff like the drivers with the least seniority getting the toughest routes and Brittney Haywood have a marginal effect. All the pleading of poverty at budget time (Metra has already started) doesn't help either. Generally, though, the passengers think that their operator is courteous. ________ *Such as the Kruesi administration, at Daley's insistence, blowing $300 million on Block 37 and then Huberman saying to seal it up.
  12. 1 point
    Via Pace Facebook page-Village of Schaumburg. http://bit.ly/2ubzSZw
  13. 1 point
    6472 the community bus was at Daley plaza with the heritage fleet. 3706, 301, and 8499 were there.
  14. 1 point
    12'0" to the west and 13'2" east
  15. 1 point
    Sorry guys but my new job has been taking up a toll as of lately and I'm in the process of getting a camera soon because of storage conflict with my phone.
  16. 1 point
    The Red line 95th St. modernization project is documented every month at the CTA Board Meeting. The proceedings are shown on YouTube which is available to all. 99 percent of people are un-interested in the day-to-day developments....they are more interested in.."when will it be finished?" Status reports are all given for Wilson, Medical Center, 95th St., the Brown signal improvement, and the Quincy improvement. DH
  17. 1 point
    Looks like a retired 2600 has found a home in the new Bulls/Hawks store at the United Center. Can't tell the actual number because they replaced it with 555
  18. 1 point
    No, they are just calling Lyft, paratransit, Divvying, or walking. One can now be exceptionally lazy and get Uber Eats to bring McDonalds.
  19. 1 point
    May as well start this Thread because I believe that few of South's oldest NABIs have been retired already but unsure with 6600s. I saw few NABIs are already sitting with bunch of dead Orion VI 6000s at the back of South Holland Division.
  20. 1 point
    "Equipment must not be used as head or rear car" - account nonfunctional cab signal. This has never kept a car out of service, as sometimes parts take a LONG time to get, just can't be on ends of train.
  21. 1 point
    To confirm, I got a partial glimpse of a stop sign sticker the other day... it said "Equipment must not be ____ed as head or read car". (Couldn't see the full word ending in "__ed" because I was looking in at too hard of an angle)
  22. 1 point
    Just a guess... If you have time, take a look at CTA roll signs for sale on eBay, past and present. In most cases, there's a barcode printed on the side of the roll sign that scrolls along with the destination. During normal operation, the train operator uses the two destination knobs in the cab to select a destination. A scanner of some sort picks up what sign is being displayed by the barcode. If the barcode that is being scanned matches the selection, the motors that change the destination stop moving and all is good. In some cases dirt or other crud gets stuck on the barcode and that's what causes some to behave erratically (may be why some destination signs are blank). However, there are other cases of undesired moving signs: I remember @briman94 discovering that the roll signs on the 3200s move when some operators use abnormal methods to override the ATC penalties without use of the ATC bypass mode. The signs would move out of place, and then move back to their normal position (Kimball or Loop). On some 2400s, getting temporarily gapped at railroad crossings (like on the Purple and Yellow Lines) would cause the roll sign units to start scrolling in a direction (I'm not sure if it's the same direction every time). After the train contacted the third rail again, the signs would scroll back to their selected position. I have personally witnessed this on the Skokie Swift, and there is a video of a Purple Line set of 2400s exhibiting this behavior.
  23. 1 point
    Sounds like to me it is an ATC issue. When the ATC is not working, that pair of cars become belly cars. One thing you can look for is these orange or red tags on the outside grab bars that you would place your hand on if you were to climb up from the right of way. There on the lower ends. That is what that means. Why cars are coming out with defective atc I don't know, maybe it's just a safety protocol. It at least beats the blue light defect which puts the pair in Kimball yard!!
  24. 1 point
    Hey guys, I had a few questions and wondering if anyone had information towards my questions/observation. When they release a rehabbed couple and add it to service, why are they placed as belly cars? Just recently they started to let some of these rehabbed couples become leads. 3343-3344 and 3357-3358 have been lead cars recently within the past month or so and I think there is another coupled set that's also a lead. But almost all of the other cars are belly cars along with the red tape and a 'stop sign sticker' on the window of the cab. I haven't seen the sticker up close yet but as they pass by I can see that they're in the cabin. Was there a delay in the process of handling the rehab project? I also noticed that (possibly assumed) brown line equipment might be shorter than counted because for the past 2 months or so they haven't cut the cars down to 4 during non-peak hours like they would normally. I'm not entirely sure if that's their (CTA) new protocol with the brown line because, I haven't ridden it at a later time yet but the latest I've been on it comparable to the orange line, it's 8 cars only.
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