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  1. Random Metra

    When im on NCS some time it opened up to many 4 track sections
  2. Random Metra

    Well that’s good to hear that she is doing good. It sucks that these older trains are not doing so hot.
  3. Random Metra

    I know they wanted to repaint them at some point.. but they could of just painted all of them the Surfliner colors and have it be a one off. Now we have this one in three colors...
  4. Random Metra

    The top by the window and the bottom were left brown from cascades. In person it looks terrible.. would of came out better painting over the Amtrak logo and replace it with Metra
  5. Random Metra

    Talk about a rush paint job lol
  6. Random Metra

    Yeah I tried to contact her on Youtube and Twitter but haven't heard anything.. hope she's ok
  7. Random Metra

    Yeah probably so... I saw 215 parked in a 3 header with 611 614 and some old repainted VRE cars in the yard. Theres a lady on youtube METX210 that will be devastated.. she was really into 210 and even gave the loco birthday party dedications
  8. Random Metra

    From what I saw via a twitter picture it looked to be 210
  9. Random Metra

    Yeah they do its a level platform and cars have no steps other than a cut out stair case for grade/ground level. I actually hate the ME line due to call of hassles to get to the platform and to exit the station. The station I get on you have to go through two - three ramps and or about a 20 step stair case. Then when you get down town you have another long steep ramp or 25 step stair case and then about a 15 step stair case out to the street. It sucks exp when your trying to catch a train, leaving or going. Union station is the same way, but I understand as it accommodates a lot of different trains... and their platforms are super long. I think the best or easiest stations are OTC and Lasalle street station.
  10. Random Metra

    Here is a response from a question asked on the bi level May edition Looks can be deceiving. While the locomotives you see every day look the same from the outside as what’s been operating on our lines for decades, we are actually in the middle of a major rehab program to overhaul our F40PH fleet with remanufactured engines and emission upgrades to name a few of the improvements. Of the 27 locomotives that have returned to service following rehab, 14 are assigned to the BNSF, more than any other Metra line. By the time you read this, one more rehabbed locomotive will be assigned to service on the BNSF, bringing the number to 15. As for the locomotives purchased from Amtrak that we’ve been placing into service since late last year, they are equipped with different components. For efficiency’s sake when it comes to parts and maintenance, the current plan is to assign those to our Milwaukee District lines. *****
  11. Random Metra

    Yeah the La train cars are pretty interesting indeed! I think the reason the platforms are not raised is because the lines run at ground level. Now on ME line it’s raised and the stations are above ground level also.
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    Oh wow.. I say some money is better than no money.. I would just go ahead and fill the order for a new ones. If they are going to rebuild them.. might as well rebuild 611 or 614.. put everything back in service then.. they got the money now. Question.. when the 100 series engines go in for rehab.. what will fill in for them??
  13. Random Metra

    I like the SC-44... I have seen a lot lately and they are quiet, fast, and very aero dynamic. Also, they have modern lighting system with LED or Bi-Xenon which I'm sure it better for the engineer. Im not a big fan the MP locomotives, they take off slow and it seems like that leads to being late all the time I believe. I think its time for Metra to get together a list of requirements, specs, options etc and bid out a request for a custom locomotive. That will probably take some time to accomplish but maybe a better option, vs adapting something from someone else. I personally would choose the SC-44.
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    Green line train derailment
  15. Random Metra

    Metra 85 fresh out of paint shop.