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MTRSP1900-CTA3200 last won the day on December 19 2017

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    Chicago Transit Authority, Aviation, Sound Transit
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    Flxible Metro (RIP 2010), Nova Bus LFS (2000 and 2014 Editions), DE60LF/R
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  1. Are they like those vacuum toilets on airplanes? Every time I use them I press the button and then cover my ears ASAP.
  2. I am pleased to say that based on her Twitter account she seems to be recovering. Obviously it was very traumatic for her, but fortunately she did manage to pull through. According to her, 210 will be sent off to be rebuilt to -3 specifications, though I'm not sure what her source is. I stumbled upon her Twitter and Youtube pages a few years back, but back then I didn't see anything wrong with the locomotive, and back then I also didn't recall any other Metra locomotives being involved in any mechanical mishaps. Now that I realized her favorite locomotive was the one involved, I started to do some research, also because since the initial news reports of the locomotive catching fire, there haven't been any updates as to the cause, which I found frustrating. In the picture above in this thread (where you can identify the locomotive number), I noticed that the shape of the object on fire resembled the roof air-conditioning units above the cabs. Based on this Tweet, I'm guessing the fire did start in the AC unit, and then spread to the engine area, because the images on NBC and the like show the fire much more intense than the photo above.
  3. They can’t immediately be out of the race though, considering how much of a hot mess the F125 is turning out to be for LA’s Metrolink. Buying history doesn’t mean much when the times and products change. As we all know the workhorse F40PH is no longer in production, and even though the fleet for Metra is aging, they are still most likely to zoom past a broken down F125. Even Metra’s RTA friends at the CTA are switching builders for the new 7000 series railcars, and over in New York City, Bombardier is flat out banned from producing the upcoming order of subway cars after their many issues with the current order. I wouldn’t take Siemens out of the race just yet, but we’ll see what happens.
  4. I mostly said it that way to quickly get the post up, but you do bring up a good point. Although both ways of turning the trains around are physically there, I don’t think it is up to the operator to decide which way they are going to turn around back towards O’Hare. I remember riding the Blue Line back in the late 90s and the Forest Park Loop being used extensively, and now I have seen trains holding at the platforms while new operators head into the cabs towards O’Hare.
  5. Also correct, and a valid point as Red Line trains cannot do so at 95th/Dan Ryan or 98th Yard.
  6. I’ll give an example I saw recently to clear things up. Hope this helps. First are the two claims. 1. In a married pair train set on the L, the even numbered car is the higher numbered car. ✅ Yes, that is true. Like 3457-3458 and 3201-3202 for example. 2. In service, even numbered cars always face one direction and odd numbered cars face another direction. ❌ This is false. While driving on the Kennedy I saw an eight car set of 2600s heading towards Forest Park. Some of the leading cars in the set were even numbered cars and some of the cars were odd numbered cars. This probably happened as a result of cars moving around the system over the years, and what the train did when it reached the end of the line. For example, at O’Hare, to change directions, the train operator must leave the cab at the front of the train and go to the cab at the rear of the train, turning that cab the new front of the train, where at Forest Park, he or she also has the option of looping around the yard and returning to the station without changing cabs.
  7. Or at least give one to the Illinois Railway Museum. Hey, it’s April 1st, thought it was worth a shot.
  8. I’ve heard a lot of interesting things about storms. They say you’re more likely to get struck by lightning if you’ve just been struck by lightning, as opposed to the dude standing 5 feet away who was standing around with his hands in his pockets and was fine. If you can’t run for some reason, a generally accepted “brace” position is to squat down but make sure you’re only standing on the balls of your feet to minimize contact with the ground, and make sure to cover your ears to reduce hearing damage. The sound from close thunder is ten times worse than using a jackhammer without hearing protection, and the shockwave from thunder alone can cause property damage.
  9. I looked at a track map for the DC Metro. It looks like there is also a single track connector near the Farragut stations. It leaves the Red Line south of Farragut North and ends up on the Rosslyn bound track on the Blue Orange and Silver Lines. It’s called the A&C connector on the map. I don’t know if it has been dismantled or anything, but it also looks like it’s a bit disruptive to normal service if a train were to use it. I’ve been on charter trains that have done the switch on and off the Blue Line. From my observations I think the main disruption is to the Pink Line. On trains transferring to the Blue Line, you just have to let the signals know you’re entering the Forest Park tracks. And if you need to switch directions, you can pull into Morgan Middle Track and get out of the way of road trains while you prepare to reverse direction. Transferring off of the Blue Line doesn’t really disrupt the Blue Line either since you just have to work the route selector at Racine to go up the ramp, but once you get up to the Pink Line there is no middle track to enter while you switch directions, so if you need to go to the Loop and Skokie, you’ll need to use the switches to get onto the Loop bound track. On the charters I’ve been on, they’ve had an operator at each end of the train to quickly turn the train around, but if you’re alone you better work fast.
  10. I saw he hasn’t been on here lately as well and was wondering that. Hoping it’s nothing too serious, maybe he’s just taking a break from the forums. I appreciate his knowledge and humor and would enjoy seeing more of it.
  11. I grew up in Oak Park, and I never could think about the Green Line without remembering the 2400s. They were THE Green Line cars, and I’m sure people who live along the Purple Line think the same. Agreed! That’s why I’m not as enthusiastic about filming trains at Howard Yard as I used to be. I loved editing the two videos I filmed in 2012 because there were 2400s and 2600s everywhere up in that yard. Even though there were no 3200s or 2200s I still thought it was much more exciting than 5000 set after 5000 set.
  12. Before it was discontinued, the ACES service on the Northeast Corridor ran with a diesel locomotive at one end and an electric locomotive all the way from New York Penn to Atlantic City. The electric locomotive pushed the train out of Penn Station down to north Philadelphia where the train reversed and the diesel locomotive pushed the train for the rest of the trip. I’m assuming this was because the train left the Northeast Corridor during the journey.
  13. The Chicago Tribune has a picture of the damage in an article about the difficult commutes due to the weather. Not looking good for now. Link to the article.
  14. Unless you want to count the Operation Lifesaver locomotive, the only one I can think of is Metra locomotive 100 with the RTA wrap, but that has been removed.
  15. Metra locomotive 405 is now in Milwaukee Road colors.
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