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  1. Well, you heard it first here.....renardo870.....Now its on the CTA WEBSITE......"Red Line Monday, April 03, 2017 to TBD How does this affect my trip? During morning and evening rush periods only, some Red Line trains will be rerouted south of Roosevelt onto the South Side elevated and Ashland branch (normally used by Green Line trains). These trains will operate between Howard and Ashland/63rd, via the subway." "You mean the re-pick concerning operators, switchmen, towermen.....I think CTA will keep its dates."
  2. CRRC,MA has picked up a third rapid transit contract, this time Los Angeles subway system, a 64 car order for subway cars. The cars are to be built in their Springfield, MA plant. Prototypes are expected in 2020 and the base cars in 2021. DH
  3. I heard the customer service representatives will not work their jobs until 04/09. OK. This CTA is not the old CTA I was used to. Thanks for keeping me updated. Maybe with the extra time, the ironworkers will release their hold in the south incline and a charter could be held before the revenue service starts and a "Englewood 'A'" Charter could be held. Photo....A southbound Orange line train passes the south incline that will see revenue service soon. DH
  4. You mean the re-pick concerning operators, switchmen, towermen.....I think CTA will keep its dates.
  5. The "ole days" return......ENGLEWOOD- HOWARD "A" trains using the southside incline at 13th St. Service starts Monday, 04/03/2017. DH
  6. Here's the front view of the proposed MBTA Boston Orange line railcar. Source is MBTA. This marks the third eastern system to adopt a black coloring for the ends. DH http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/take_a_tour_of_the_mock_up_of.html
  7. What are some of the designs that an allied China manufacturing company, CRRC,MA, that is building railcars for Boston's Orange line. Here are some photos from Boston Magazine. Boston has three heavy rail rapid transit routes....Red line, Orange line, and Blue line. The three routes are wholly separate and each line has individual fleets of railcars. There is a history of including color for the three fleets. DH
  8. This story appeared in "TrainWire", produced by TRAINS, explaining the groundbreaking that happened on south Torrence Ave. on 03/16/2017. CHICAGO — The world’s largest rail equipment manufacturer is marking its latest entry into the U.S. market with a ground-breaking ceremony earlier today for a new plant in southeast Chicago. The plant, in the city’s Hegewisch neighborhood, will be used by CRRC Sifang America to build new cars for the Chicago Transit Authority’s L system. CRRC — the Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corp. — won a contract in March 2016 to build up to 846 new 7000-series cars, at a cost of up to $1.3 billion. The initial order is for 400 cars with options for the rest. Completion of the full order will take 10 years after the plant begins production in late 2018. The first prototype is expected to be complete in 2019. “Four years from now,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “Chicagoans like myself will be commuting in a railcar made in Chicago by Chicagoans. That’s what we’re talking about for the future of the city of Chicago.” The new plant will become the first in Chicago to build rail cars since the closure of the nearby Pullman plant in 1981, and the first in Chicago to build equipment for the CTA in more than 50 years, said CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. “To put that in context,” Carter said, “that was when Lyndon Johnson was president, and the Beatles had their first No. 1 record in America. But that’s about to change.” Speakers included Emanuel, U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and CRRC Vice President Sun Yongcai, who praised the partnership of the city and local unions that made the plant possible. Yongcai says CRRC is committed to hiring and training local residents for 169 jobs. Those jobs, said Chicago 10th Ward Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski-Garza, represent “a ray of hope for everybody that lives in this neck of the woods.” CRRC already builds equipment for use in more than 20 countries, but the Chicago project will help the company “expand its influence here in the United States,” said Hong Lei, Consul General for the People’s Republic of China in the U.S., “and make its brand be better known to our American friends.” While the CTA contract is the impetus for the plant’s construction, the company plans to pursue contracts throughout the U.S. that would also be built in Chicago. “I was joking with Sun Yongcai just a minute ago,” Emanuel said. “I said tell me what cities you’re going to go [to]; I’ll make calls to those mayors, and if I’m successful, I get a one percent commission.” This is the second major transit contract for CRRC in the U.S. Another affiliate, CRRC MA, is building a plant in Springfield, Mass., to fill a $566-million order of 284 subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Photo by Resolute Consulting. DH
  9. The artist/photograher should spend some time with engineering/mechanical resources. CTA railcars have their trucks closer to the car ends, not beneath the quarter-point side doors. Also, ladders beneath the side doors should be within the side envelope measurement, not extended as pictured here. Any person familiar with transit equipment would notice this. A photo showing 5000 series railcar is included for reference. There has been speculation about outside color....blue for instance. Remember, there were two prototypical 5000 series cars that had outside color....blue. CTA management did not approve outside blue coloring and it was left off the 714 railcar order. Will there be a change in the management's thinking a decade later? We'll have to see. A picture of the prototype cars is #5009-5010 included. Another speculation item is about rail delivery. The Torrence Ave. site does have rail service...Norfolk Southern RR. The CTA Skokie Shops does not have rail service. New railcars have to be prepped by Skokie Shops before new cars can be run on CTA rails. We learned that when truck delivery of the last 5000 series occurred at 63rd St. lower yard. Even prepped, the railcars needed further shopping and rail testing before they were qualified for revenue service. Low-boy highway trailer delivery would take 5 hours from Torrence to Skokie including loading and unloading. Railroad delivery would take days, if not a week, even if Skokie Shops could get rail service reinstated. No line shops like Midway, 98th St., Forest Park can do prepping. If they could, what would be the need for Skokie? Do the math. Do the finance. Have a good day. DH
  10. The site map was in the Tribune article. The site adjoins the city limits at E. 138th St. A different view was included for the proposed factory too.
  11. The new manufacturing plant is announced Mar. 16. 2017, at 13535 S. Torrence Ave. It will create more than 300 skilled factory and new construction jobs, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office statement. The project will return CTA rail car manufacturing to Chicago after a 50-year absence, according to the city. CRRC Sifang's American subsidiary, CRRC Sifang North America, won the $1.3 billion contract last year to build the new 7000 Series over 10 years. CRRC Sifang will invest $100 million in building a 380,944-square-foot manufacturing facility on 45 acres in Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood on the Southeast Side. The site is mostly vacant, used for staging automobiles for loading onto railroad auto racks and highway trucks. Once complete, the first order of 400 new, 7000-series rail cars will mark the first time in more than 50 years that CTA cars have been built in the city, officials said. The new cars will replace the oldest ones currently running, 2600 series Budd/Transit America, which date back to the 1980s. Pullman-Standard built the 2000 series "new look" railcars in the 1960s in a factory near 111th Street and S. Cottage Grove and those railcars help open the outer realignment of the Lake Street "L". The famous Pullman Car & Manufacturing Company won with an offer of 180 cars (90 married units). High speed operation and new trucks were required, as were fluorescent lights and picture windows. The railcars were the first CTA cars with air conditioning. Because these cars were to have additional features, the decision was made to place these cars in a new family (the High Performance Family) and not require them to trainline with any of the existing cars. Photos: City image of factory, Special paint scheme Pullman railcar, author's photo.
  12. My sources say "THEY CAN DO IT." Thats all I can be concerned with. No speculation on my part. The tail tracks at Ashland are available. SUMMARY Reroute schedules......Monday through Fridays, rush hours only. AM Fourteen put-outs at Howard run southbound to Ashland. Eight SB runs are lay-up at Ashland. Six NB runs return to Howard and are lay-up at Howard. PM Six put-outs at Howard southbound go to Ashland. Fourteen northbound runs go to Howard and stay in service. Other runs are lay-up at Howard. Here are the run by numbers... AM SB 820, through 814. AM NB 820, through 914, Eight deadheads. PM SB 812, through, 821, Eight deadheads. PM NB 916, through, 921. Here are the times. AM SB 0712 THROUGH 0830 AT HOWARD. AM NB 0843 THROUGH 0949 AT ASHLAND PM SB 1457 THROUGH 1603 AT HOWARD. PM NB 1614 THROUGH 1732 AT ASHLAND No Red lines equipment are yarded overnight at Ashland. Equipment used for lay-ups at Ashland change each day. 98th St. yard will remain open 24 hrs. All Red line trains inservice to 95th St. will operate all the way to the terminal at 95th. Fourteen trips will be diverted to Ashland/63. This happens only on the rush hours, Monday through Friday. Lay-up Red line trains at Ashland/63 will only happen during the mid-day. April 03, 2017 is the date. I like calling this 2017 Englewood "A"....destination Ashland/63rd. I admit, in the months coming, weekend curtailments might happen, but that would not be from the single yard track....construction would need to take the trains out of the way. DH
  13. You asked "HOW CAN"....I told you "THEY CAN". My posts are in the topic "SPRING PICK, 2017." If you don't want to believe me, that YOUR CHOICE. My prior posts gave information on times, run numbers, differences between southbound and northbound runs, deadheads, etc, etc. I must have sources that supply me with factual information. Have you found any errors IN MY POSTS over the years? It seems you like speculation, rather than facts. Maybe speculation gives more to talk and post about. I like to call it......2017 Englewood "A" destination....Ashland/63. Schedule details: Reroute schedules......Monday through Fridays, rush hours only. AM Fourteen put-outs at Howard run southbound to Ashland. Eight SB runs are lay-ups at Ashland. Six NB runs return to Howard and are lay-ups at Howard. PM Six put-outs at Howard southbound go to Ashland. Fourteen returns and put-outs run northbound to Howard and stay in service. Other runs are lay-ups at Howard. No Red lines equipment are yarded overnight at Ashland. Equipment used for lay-ups at Ashland change each day. EDIT...CTA schedulers spent two weeks going over for fine details so the final schedule might have minor corrections. Have a good day. DH David Harrison
  14. I already said this in topic SPRING PICK....." 98th St. yard will remain open 24 hrs. All Red line trains inservice to 95th St. will operate all the way to the terminal at 95th. Fourteen trips will be diverted to Ashland/63. This happens only on the rush hours, Monday through Friday. Lay-up Red line trains at Ashland/63 will only happen during the mid-day. No Red line trains will be yarded overnight. DH
  15. These are modle trains i made out of paper 6000 series 2400 series and 5000 series 2600 series

     

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