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trainman8119 last won the day on May 29 2017

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    Vernon Hills, IL
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    GMC Fishbowl, Flxible New Look (8500, 8700)
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    2000, 2200

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  1. CTA roll sign...

    Watch ebay...there are quite a few out there from time to time.
  2. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Waiting for "testing"
  3. Random Metra

    Worse !!!
  4. Pace New Flyer buses

    Thanks guys, you make me feel better....I thought it was just me.
  5. Random Metra

    Yup, that would be me...train 109 in the afternoon !!! Hope it was a smooth ride F59s are on the NCS quite a bit, although I have run only 2 myself to Antioch. Most of what I get to play with have been from the north line train I take to the yard in the morning.
  6. Pace New Flyer buses

    Its obvious the board has no clue. They should stick to begging for money or votes.
  7. Random Metra

    I assume you are referring to the 7600s. Yes the paint is hideous and the in general the rehabs suck. I had one on my train for a few days (part of 6 car train), so you may have been on my train !!! It since blew out a compressor on a North Line trip and thankfully was taken out of our consist. They still have one in Antioch on the 8 car consist.
  8. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Now it can go back to Western Ave and sit idling for 2 months. As for the paint, its Metra Logic. Why do something right once when you can waste a little money and do it bad twice ???
  9. UP North has a "dispatching problem"

    First of all, I didn't realize the UP had PTC up and running on the North Line. Secondly and maybe more important, you have to realize that the top 3-4 honchos at Metra these days are finger pointers. They are never responsible for ANY problems, its always someone else. But I will also say this. The state of dispatching these days is terrible. Metra dispatchers are absolutely the worst !!! The rest I come in contact with day in and day out have no concept of passenger service and schedules, constructing meets to keep everything moving with as little disruption as possible, and refuse to answer radios or phones. Its gone really downhill since I did it in the mid 90s. To the credit of the UP though, the people manning the DeVal interlocking at UPNE do a great job working with us to get us through, answering their radios and letting us know up front what to expect.
  10. Random Metra

    Probably none. They can't get rid of them and they keep shuffling them to keep them out of the way. The ones in Bensenville were shipped there and supposedly buried (obviously not well) so they would be out of sight. That was done so they could have room to store the Amtrak engines coming in. Of course, those are just sitting around...with new excuses every week as to why. 5 are out on their own, with one testing as part of a mu. Back to subject at hand...They can't sell them or scrap them because of asbestos concerns. Some genius thought they'd get someone to buy them, but nope. They were originally going to keep 6-8 cars for work train service, but PTC killed that idea.
  11. RTA/Pace Flickr page

    Thanks Mel ! As usual, great shots
  12. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    As I remember, when the MP36s came in, the UP told Metra they didn't want them, period. It wasn't bridges but they were too big and heavy for the coach yards. Now this stuff they are getting again, there will be issues. For example, they won't be allowed in Antioch because 6 axle locomotives are not allowed in the Antioch coach yard. So, my guess is the bean counters ordered the stuff without seeing where or how they can be used. Once the FP59s are in service, the UP is supposed to get any remaining running F40s will be sent there, and the rest will be scrap. BTW, 215 is being cannibalized and will soon be headed for the scrapper.
  13. Metra wish list.

    yes, it does apply to the downtown lakefront
  14. 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
  15. My CTA bus Flickr pages

    Great pics. You have the best collection around