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MTRSP1900-CTA3200 last won the day on November 28 2019

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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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    3200 Series (CTA), Siemens 0700 Series (Other US Transit Agency), Tokyo Metro 01 Series (Foreign/International Transit Agency)

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  1. I remember the bridges being in that condition when I would ride the Northwest Line. I also don’t remember if it’s on the unused portion or the used portion, but the two parts can’t be that far apart in deterioration unfortunately. Ill have to look up that Evanston bridge when I get a chance, it sounded like quite the project.
  2. When I lived in Oak Park I would regularly see UP freight trains use the same tracks and bridges that the Metra trains would use. They were definitely bigger and heavier too. Six axle locos hauling tank cars, hoppers, flat cars with vehicles on them, you name it. I even saw a locomotive hauling some brand new Metro North M8 commuter rail cars East towards New York one day (I forget if they were placed on flatcars or not). Those Oak Park bridges might be old looking, but they could definitely handle an F59PHI. As for the UP-NW Line bridges, the ones well past the split with the North Line are newer and are in good shape. I’m talking about the ones closer to the Clybourn station. They are very rusty, and I think BusHunter or another forum member mentioned being able to see through a rust hole that formed through one of the bridges. I definitely did not like being in a car stopped on one of those bridges while our train was stopped at Clybourn!
  3. I was having dinner with some work friends and wandering around the Woodstock Square on Tuesday and I heard a train pulling into the Woodstock station nearby. What caught my attention about it was that the first thing I heard from the locomotive was the bell rather than any engine sound, and that the bell was an e-bell. Initially I thought it was one of UP’s small freight trains passing through until I heard the brakes on the cars as they stopped. Unfortunately by the time I could get down to where I could see the station the train was already leaving. I thought UP didn’t want anything besides the F40PH locomotives on their routes but it looks like things have changed. What surprised me is that it’s on the NW line, because of the older bridges by Clybourn.
  4. I didn’t know they closed off the front car now, I’ve only heard of Metrolink trains in Los Angeles doing that after accidents. But it explains the unusual stopping location of the trains now. I’ve been stopped at the IL 120 crossing at the Woodstock Station a few times while waiting for inbound trains to serve the station every now and then. Normally the cab car stops with its door at the platform and the end of the car around the end of the platform to try not to block the crossing (though with the gates down already it doesn’t matter), but lately the front car has been overshooting the front platform and blocking the crossing. I thought that they were doing this to allow another car towards the rear of the train access to the platform and have people who wanted to board the cab car get in on the crossing, but now I see this isn’t the case.
  5. I didn’t know this when I was there, but you can eat and drink on the New York City Subway. Of course I was panicking about drinking a vending machine iced tea outside of the fare zone at Fulton St when I was really thirsty, but L train riders are celebrating Thanksgiving on their train!
  6. Until we see the interior for ourselves, I think the most visible change aside from the seats will be the security displays that show footage from the CCTV cameras installed in the cars. I think they’re also supposed to display other things, but I don’t remember. The cars will also come with passenger counters, though those will be much less visually intrusive.
  7. Unless the Winnipeg and St Cloud facilities are already producing buses at the highest rate they can, and Anniston has to fulfill the rest of the orders even if it means a longer delivery drive.
  8. Apparently Anniston can do full production of New Flyer buses like the St. Cloud and Winnipeg facilities. I don’t know how New Flyer determines which transit agency gets buses from which factory, or if they allow each agency to choose that in their orders. I’m not sure about the NABI plant, I thought they were just making parts for the buses still out there, but I could be wrong.
  9. Yeah, they have XDE60s and XD60s in their fleet or on order.
  10. Sound Transit? Most, if not all their vehicles have that livery.
  11. I think Forest Park Yard still has their car wash, and since the Blue Line is pretty isolated from the rest of the system, they basically have that wash to themselves. Not sure where the Red Line gets their cars washed. But I agree the Blue Line cars look fine, and until lately, so did the cars on the other lines.
  12. Not to mention 24/7 there and in the older of the two Chicago subway tunnels built. Also the Dan Ryan is the busiest highway in the state, especially when combined with the Kennedy. Fitting for the busiest CTA rail line, and I can only remember seeing bigger highways when I visited Los Angeles. More mess to go around, combined with less downtime for the rail cars to get some cleaning because of the operating hours.
  13. You’re across the street from the CTA control center. On some of the IRM Snowflake Specials I rode the control center was mentioned, along with 567 W. Lake St. Always look for that big antenna!
  14. When I was in New York City in February I was at the Fulton St subway station complex outside the fare paid zone and I saw one of those fare card amount checkers so I started walking over to swipe my card but at the same time I could see a guy in the direction of the fare checker watching me out of the corner of his eye. I felt like he was trying to solicit something from me and when I was walking by he said “Yo excuse me sir!” I wasn’t in the mood to stop and also I was trying to get to a dinner near Penn Station, so I just kept walking because when I’ve done that in Chicago people just back off. The second I pass him I hear him go “Aw hell no!” and the next thing I know he’s got his phone out and is videoing me while almost chanting “I got you! I got you! You’re Instagram famous!” while I’m checking my balance and getting ready to pass through the turnstiles. I guess his popular little Instagram account doesn’t give him access to the subway system because the second I started heading towards the turnstiles for the A and C train platforms he started walking away while still shouting at me.
  15. A while back someone at work told me he rode the UP-NW line to and from Chicago and nobody collected or sold him a ticket. But the only thing I recall that I could find on Metra’s website was that only medical personnel could ride free after presenting a work ID from their medical facility. I believe Metra also wants to limit interaction between passengers and train crew, so that might have also played a role.
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