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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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  1. Metra 100

    The hideous faded wrap has been removed and it’s back to normal
  2. Metra Electric Highliners

    it looks like they dropped the pans when going by the car house for some reason and that they are coasting. If you look at both sides, there is no headlight illuminated, so there is probably no power.
  3. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    I get it, but could you not do that move anyway, or would it be the same service case on Belmont as on Chicago ?
  4. Metra Electric Highliners

    If a pantograph goes down in a car it may still have power in it if it is trainlined to another car with power. All it takes is flipping up a breaker switch in the electrical cabinet.
  5. Metra Electric Highliners

    All but 6 were moved to the yard in Bensenville behind some wall by the airport I am not familiar with. There are 6 eyesores sitting in the yard at Western Avenue.
  6. Metra ex CNW bilevels

    As I understand it, some of those cars are not being painted, but wrapped (similar to what Pace did with the Nabis). If you saw a VRE number showing through, that is probably why. Also, they are not being repaired for service real well as there are many with roof leaks and a/c that doesn't work. Don't run too fast to sit in them on a hot day. I will agree, this color scheme is horrible on these coaches. But that is what the geniuses in the ivory tower like, so that is what it is.
  7. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    Instead of long hauling Kedzie artics to run the 77, even partially, would it not make a little sense to move Belmont to North Park and have Forest Glen take over 1 or 2 of the North Park Routes to offset the number of operators it would take to operate the route sufficiently. Perhaps FG could run all of the Evanston Routes or 93, 96 or 97. Just a thought
  8. Metra train may be involved in Tennessee derailment.

    You can see 205 under the pile. It is probably finished. (From Andrew Bandur's Facebook post on Metra Rail page.)
  9. Metra arrangements

    Makes sense about the UP. They want absolutely nothing to do with commuter operations...other than to have someone pick up the tab for maintenance where the scoots actually run. God help the people on the BNSF. The more Metra claims they have their police out there, the less secure people really are, and that is a scary though. They don't respond and when they do it takes light years for them to show up...then they really don't do anything about anything. I just wish they would drop their supposed police force and let local municipalities handle.
  10. More Bus Moves

    Was 1821 the bus that got hit head on on Madison Street ? UPDATE....I stand corrected....the bus in this pic is 1805.
  11. Ventra - Bugs, Feedback, and Questions

    I had problems. I was signed in but couldn't buy anything nor add payment info. I eventually logged out of the app and upon logging back in, problem was solved. For what it is worth...I hate the damn thing !!
  12. Route 71

    Are the buses that start/end at 104-Torrence pull-in and pull-outs ? I initially thought they might have been school trips when I first saw them on the street, but looking at the schedule, there are actually quite a few.
  13. Pace Bus Moves

    I did see a 6100 on the 272 today out by Half Day Road and Milwaukee. So they are still breathing.
  14. Random Metra

    They are replacing ties from Kensington to University Park on track 2. Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, the line will end at Richton Park while they are replacing the ties on the single track. There will be NO bus service. I believe the plan is to close UP on Saturday the 6th also.
  15. 2018 Pace budget

    Monkey see, monkey do