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trainman8119 last won the day on May 29 2017

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    GMC Fishbowl, Flxible New Look (8500, 8700)
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  1. Metra wish list.

    yes, it does apply to the downtown lakefront
  2. Metra wish list.

    There are special couplers for the mu cars. The switch engines have them. I am sure you could put them on a diesel and use them. Like I said, could it-yes, will it-never
  3. My CTA bus Flickr pages

    Great pics. You have the best collection around
  4. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    I was able to run 91 before the storm. Its nice from a comfort standpoint. Quiet and ride smooth. They load slow...slower than the 400s. For now, they are a little hard to stop because of how the brake handle is set up. There are currently 2 or 3 operating on their own. A new batch will run as double headers when they are finished being converted. The only truly good thing about 405 (the Pumpkin) is the heat. Loads and runs super slow. In response to the comment on the 400s being trailers. They are a little more reliable right now than 100s. That is why you see so many FP59s paired with them.
  5. Metra wish list.

    Could it....yes. Will it ever happen...no ! Why? Because the Chicago clean air act prohibits Metra from operating diesel locomotives along the lakefront.
  6. Locomotive 98 and 99

    Metra can't even get information correct on its own web/Facebook page. "Lookin' fresh! We got a preview today of an F59PHI locomotive in Metra colors" Not quite Metra Colors. More like a 3rd paint scheme...and even then, it's not consistent with all of the so called new stuff. It is all being rushed because they want the stuff out as soon as possible. Apparently they are not even sending them to KYD for painting, they are using rollers and decals at Western Avenue. They claim that new locos would cost $3 million each and that they are saving $2 million on the cost of each loco. But what they forgot to figure is: - The paint - Reconfiguring the HEP system - Reconfiguring the braking systems - Reconfiguring the cable set up. - adding PTC garbage When it is all said and done, they probably could have had 15 (instead of 24) new engines complete with warranties and the such for about the same money being spent. There will be problems with these, hopefully not as bad as the F59PHs (97, 98, 99) that spend as much time in the shop as on the road.
  7. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Wow, they actually got it out there !!!. The 405 junk wouldn't air up on the inaugural trip at Grayslake. It has been said that 405 is probably the worst MP36 they could have wrapped in terms of performance. Then this pair (73-405) crapped out at Bensenville on Friday afternoon and had to be dragged back downtown. Also, the F59PHIs have not been doing too well on their passenger trips. They have crapped out twice already, the first on the curve across Canal Street on its initial trip.
  8. 700-series XE40 - Deliveries & Assignments

    How about Midway being CTA property and Ford City not with the mall management not allowing the charging station onto their property.
  9. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Still nothing new from Amtrak on the supposed new purchase. There in fact has been some locker room talk that Amtrak pulled out of the deal and wants to keep what was offered. The F59s on the property (97, 98 and 99) still have many many mechanical issues. They generally operate on the Heritage Corridor but over the past month or so, at least one has been in the shop out of service (daily) and over the past week only one has been out running with 3 F40s picking up the slack. Let's keep in mind that the Amtrak purchase is for units that are already 20 years old. Doesn't anybody think that a rehab is not far in the offing ? Might there not be a double cost involved in keeping these things running. Metra often overlooks the obvious (just look at the GPS that was overspent on yet no one ever considered maintenance after buying the garbage).
  10. Metra Ticketing

    To answer your question, it is not. After all the wasted time and paper, if they don't get the fare they print out a list, just like bad checks. These offenders continue to write bad checks and continue to refuse to pay fares. Nothing is ever done. Yet we continue to wonder why they continue to lose money. And as stated in another post, you can't refuse a ride for some reason, but try to collect a fare or surcharge, you don't get backed up and even reprimanded. Its confusing, disheartening and quite frankly bad practice and encourages bad behavior. Somehow the suits just don't see it that way.
  11. Turning passengers into the RR Police

    It used to be more than now. Metra has become shy about enforcing rules regarding trespassers or troublemakers. Metra cops won't respond and when they do, they have been instructed not to arrest. Brain child of current management. I guess they are afraid they will lose a fare or two. I am sure the contract carriers have been instructed the same way. It doesn't make the employees all that gung ho to enforce anything since they don't get backed up. For example, you get bitched out about not collecting a fare, but yet try to enforce someone not paying said fare or surcharge you get reprimanded. Very confusing, disheartening and quite honestly a questionable practice. Those who don't respect the rules or procedures seem to be encouraged to get away with it and those who do end up paying for it in the long run. Don't understand it one bit, but welcome to the year 2018.
  12. Random Metra

    Jack, You are probably correct. But I find it comical to think that a totally political organization could not schmooze their bozo political buddies for money, yet expect a schmuck like me to have some kind of influence to rally my congressman to cough up some cash. In the past couple of weeks, Dan Lipinski was at Union Station investigating union safety issues brought up that management didn't or wouldn't address. Upon hearing he was either already there or enroute, the big wigs came out of the ivory tower to meet him there. Also, Tammy Duckworth was at 47th street for a photo op with rehabs and PTC nonsense. In both cases, nobody, but nobody said, "hey, we need some money...the place is falling apart or we need to keep this going". Thinking about the Union Station stuff...it's comical with the Metra big wigs being all concerned about Lipinski addressing union issues, even though Union Station is under control of Amtrak.
  13. Random Metra

    Nothing came in after 1385-86
  14. Random Metra

    Its been on the UP lines for quite a few years now. Previously was on the Milwaukee lines.
  15. Metra 100

    The hideous faded wrap has been removed and it’s back to normal