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Everything posted by sw4400

  1. This topic will be started sooner or later... So I figured I'd just lay out the groundwork for when that time comes. No retirements are scheduled yet, but I will put up the lists here and deduct when they start coming in. I'm doing the lists as full(none retired) as I don't know what is out there and what isn't. Reply in PM or response and let me know what to remove.
  2. Random CTA

    To ask this question, so I don't go off-topic in another thread, I thought I'd create this one... Today, I boarded CTA Bus #6102 operating the #152. It sounded different than usual. Noiser and more turbo sound on acceleration. Anyone else know if this bus just has a bad exaust system, a turbo system added or turned on in the Detroit Series-50 engine on it, or has it been fitted with a Cummins C8.3 engine? The sound reminded me vaguely of a Cummins C8.3 6300-Series bus(noisy engine + turbo sound during acceleration). You may use this thread to share stories about a ride on the CTA Buses/Trains, but please watch your words(The CTA has many people that anger us, both Operators and Passengers, but we must keep a civil tone here)!!! No personal attacks: Hateful language and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by Kevin(Taken from Kevin's posting guidelines). I'm sure this means swear words too, so let's try to keep swear words to a minimum!
  3. CTA 'L' Rosters

    Rosters moved to the "CTA "L" Rosters" thread for easier locating... Red Line:(Updated 12/16/18) 2600-Series Cars(Budd Company/Transit America 1981-1987) No Cars assigned to this Line 3200-Series Cars(Morrison-Knudsen 1991-1994) No Cars assigned to this Line 5000-Series Cars(Bombardier Transit Corporation 2009-2015) (406 Cars Total) 5203-5400 5501-5516 5523-5714 7000-Series Cars(CSR Sifang America JV 2019-2022) Prototype Planned To Be Delivered In 2019 Red Line also borrows Purple Line equipment on occasion Red Line loans out four random 5000-Series cars to the Yellow Line. Photos copyright © Chicago-l.org. Off-site Photos copyrighted to their respective owners.
  4. CTA Rail Service Alerts

    I'm going to post Minor Delays, Signifigant Delays andService Disruptions Rail Alerts in this topic when I notice them, since they do count as breakdowns in some sense. You can as well if you wish. Here's how alerts will be posted: Sudden Alerts: Alerts that impact rail lines due to mechanical issues, medical issues, weather-related, etc... will be posted immediately once I notice them occuring(if I happen to not notice them for whatever reason, they won't be posted. However, chicagobus.org members are free to post alerts they notice). Construction Alerts: Alerts that impact rail lines due to construction. These could vary from station bypasses, single tracking, etc... these alerts will only be posted for ones that occur during high travel periods on the "L", which is typically between 6a-9:59p. Overnight alerts will not be posted as these are low travel periods on most lines. This isn't just my thread.... this is all of ours. You can post the alerts here too. You can post them using the layout I use or one of your own. I do the layout you see to ID the rail line, and the severity of rail service interruption with Red being most Severe, Orange being Significant and Green being Minor So here's the 1st one... 12/18/10 1:10p: Orange Line Riders: Signifigant Delays at Halsted(single track) due to equipment problems in the area. Board on "Loop" bound side of platform. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alert Template(For Quick Entries): DD/DD/DD TT:TT Rail Line(s) Affected: Level Of Service Interruption: Information: Media Source(s): Service Interruption Update:
  5. The Breakdown Thread

    The broken down Flxible 6000 I saw today inspired me to make this thread.... If you have a broken down bus or train story(whether you were on the vehicle or not), please share it. It can be any bus or train type the CTA or PACE uses or used(Metra stories are OK too). If you happen to remember the bus/train car#, you may share that as well(I guess being the son of a Bus Mechanic makes me like hearing breakdown stories, go figure).:P
  6. I'm creating this topic because we currently have 25 Novas set to go into assignment at some point in the near future. This is the only purpose for this topic, do not use it to cast arguments about the past assignments or anything as such. Let's monitor CTA for the assignments of these buses and post them here(and perhaps a pic or two as well on route).
  7. Return of the 11 & 31 Bus

    I'm going to park this here for now, barring official word..... but there was some report on WBBM 780 that the #11 Lincoln Bus is going to be restored!!! If so, that's a Christmas present to me, whether it be this year or in 2016!!! I'll try to see if I can find a story or press release to link to. I don't see any links anywhere, so it's just hearsay over the airwaves. Stay tuned!!! ***Possible Restoration Of #11 Lincoln between Fullerton and Western may be in the works***
  8. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Do we have a model for the Proterras, BTW(e.g: New Flyer is D40LF, Nova Bus is LFS)? I don't know if there's a definite series number for them, yet.
  9. More Bus Moves

    Not always true about Ashland....
  10. The Breakdown Thread

    4336 is broke down by Lane Tech EB with service van behind it.
  11. I saw a video of a Mom with a 2-yr. old forced off a TriMet Bus by the Bus Operator because the toddler was tired and wouldn't stop crying. I think this was very much the wrong way to handle this situation. Story
  12. More Bus Moves

    Probably frees up some 1000-Series and 7900-Series buses at FG to run Addison along with the 4000-Series and 4300 and 4333-Series assigned there from NP.
  13. More Bus Moves

    I explained why once.... but I'll use a musical number for why today, same reason as before....
  14. Annual CTA Holiday Train

    Should be seeing a Press Release about the Holiday Train soon. Last year, the train debuted on Friday, 11/29/13(day after Thanksgiving). It should do the same thing this year, so 11/28/14 will be the debut of the "Santa's Express" 'L' Train. Countdown To The Ho-Ho-Holiday Train 2014: 1 Day!!! http://youtu.be/kSyx6DaUwxA
  15. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Are they just pulling buses off the dead line now? I haven't had 6783 on the active list nor looked for it on a daily basis. It's been labeled "Retired".
  16. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Here's my updates thus far as of today(still can fluctuate from day to day).... On Long-Term Hold due to being inactive for over 30 days now 6466,6468,6470,6473,6474,6477,6488,6553,6554,6558,6562,6564,6574,6576,6577,6579,6581,6585,6674,6694,6696,6697,6842 Gone for over 20 days without sighting on tracker or visually 6875 Gone for over 10 days without sighting on tracker or visually 6675,6679,6734,6794,6820,6836,6861,6869 I haven't seen 6472, though I haven't looked for it @andrethebusman. Is it active on roster, or just on roster but inactive? My roster went from 6470 to 6473-6474(6471 and 6472 I had as "Retired")
  17. More Bus Moves

    Might be temporary loans for the Cubs home opening week coming up starting tomorrow.
  18. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Doubtful it is fixed... it would need to be in the shop for a bit to diagnose and repair the problem causing that blue exhaust emitting from the pipe in my image(if it is even repairable, being a 17 year old bus with somewhere between 500,000 and 750,000 miles on it). Bus was probably shut down prior to this image, so you wouldn't see the exhaust coming out of that tailpipe. When it was idling at the red light, it was coming out pretty good.
  19. The Breakdown Thread

    I was actually thinking this might be #6708, if any 6700's(that bus was putting out this amount of blue exhaust as it chugged south on Route 85, which was the last time I seen it in service). Is there a list of the Workbuses somewhere so I can get these up-to-date? I know back when the TMC's were here, they had WB-13. How many Workbuses does the CTA have for the Ironworkers?
  20. The Breakdown Thread

    Ran across an interesting find heading west on Irving Park just a little while ago.... WB-1(last check was ex-6438). It's not doing too well, as the exhaust would indicate. It's either not firing on all cylinders or it's burning oil now. Probably won't last through 2019 without some major engine work.
  21. More Bus Moves

    So there might have been some minor tweaks over the weekend with Chicago, 74th and 77th. Chicago giving 74th 8224 and 74th giving 1366 and 1367 to 77th. Seems a bit lopsided, perhaps 8223 moved also(but it's not showing on tracker at time of this post).
  22. More Bus Moves

    Well........ I wouldn't constitute one bus as a reassignment. Might just be a repair shop assignment, as they sometimes grab whatever is available down there temporarily. We'll have to see in the coming days if there's more moves.
  23. CTA Bus Garage Rosters

    Rosters moved to page 3 of topic with each garage having an individual thread with both numerical and photo data of bus types at each garage. Rosters now in new thread topic.... Links below will take you to them..... Shortcut Links: Note: Links with a Blue Exclamation Mark(!) denote a roster change. Last Update: June 18, 2019 Chicago Garage(!) Forest Glen Garage(!) Kedzie Garage(!) North Park Garage(!) 74th St. Garage(!) 77th St. Garage!(!) 103rd St. Garage(!) South Shops/Retired Buses(!) BusHunter's Roster All photos copyright © to Chicagobus.org, Kevin Zolkiewicz, or the owner of the photo used. New Roster Page BusHunter's New Flyer Rehab Roster garmon757's New Flyer Rehab Roster Old Bus Pics Mel Bernero's Flickr Page
  24. Random CTA

    I wouldn't doubt they have a few, BusHunter. If the bus is unable to be towed by a wrecker they need to have a way to transport the vehicle to a repair location.
  25. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Are some buses coming back from the retired line? This one hasn't been on the list for a long time(I rode it yesterday and it's out again tonight)...