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Everything posted by richii0909

  1. EX-CN&W Pullman RTA cars in California

    Wow!!! Well I’m not surprised, in this day and age everyone is trying to scam everyone. So now that PIR is in the toilet... what will MTS do... it’s like MTS needs some oversight! The line is probably some terrible disrepair... not to mention the need to upgrade rail and make it PTC compatible. What a shame the line looked like it had many potentials.
  2. Random Metra

    Got a picture of a two car old high liner on the wire. It appears that it has been painted on the lower half...
  3. EX-CN&W Pullman RTA cars in California

    Yeah it’s a crazy tail with many twists in the story. There’s no telling the motive to what and why.... but how hard is it to fix this situation? I mean trains derail and crash and anything could get fixed or corrected... so what’s the point to burn some money for who ever.. just curious not to familiar with this track or it’s value of interest
  4. EX-CN&W Pullman RTA cars in California

    Yeah it appears the railroad line went out of service in 2008 and these metra cars were on the spur/siding parked. It appears that someone in 2015 decided to free the cars and let them roll down the spur on to the main line. When the first trucks passed through the switch, someone then flipped the switch and then all the cars started to roll in reverse derailing the first car.. Whats not clear is who stripped the cars of brakes etc....
  5. News: Metra to explore buying 200+ cars

    The other lines have electric outlets you just need to find the cars that look like the ME. A lot of diesel lines have new and old cars mixed
  6. News: Metra to explore buying 200+ cars

    I hope Metra will put up a poll before final designs are decided on. Like on the latest cars I think the seats could be better. Most of the time i feel like I am sitting on top of the seat instead of in it. I am comparing this to the seats on the 7200 cars with the squared red seats... those are the best!! That’s just my wishful thinking 🤔
  7. Random Metra

    KYD yard had a 4 or 6 car old high liner train in the yard and on the wire. Does anyone know what the deal is with this especially being active on the wire?
  8. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Interesting indeed.... so in a sense the partner rail line are halting the over all refresh of new engine over the system, due to requirements etc. So the new freight loco's more than likely would go to Metra ran lines, and would BNSF be able to host 6axles in its yard?
  9. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Well on the UP North line, I have seen freight depart waukegan but they usually head down to lake bluff and switch off to what I call the freight route. If you google mp36 and up north line there was some chatter about this.
  10. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Will these ever go on the UP-NW and N lines? Last time I did some research there was talk about the MP36 being to heavy for the bridges on that line. Will this be a factor with the new freight train locomotives?
  11. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    In Metra's wish list they wanted to convert DC motors to AC motors. On which locomotives did they plan on doing this? The F40's seem to take off just fine, being they run at notch 8, but do the 400's have DC motors? They take off slow and if they do have DC then AC could help them off the line like the F40's.
  12. Metra wish list.

    I understand that a special coupler is needed but what would supply hotel power for these electric cars. When you posted that switcher pulling highliner, the switcher doesn’t have HEP generator to supple hotel power for doors + AC etc. I remember when metra sold old highliners to a rail company that had plans to use them as gallery cars but found out that they could only be dragged down the rail. Since there was no way to provide brake pressure and 3 phase for hotel power. This makes sense as each car has everything it’s need and you really just need pa communication and train control to make sure all cars are in sequence for the run. It’s almost same principle as the budd rail diesel car.
  13. Metra wish list.

    Train man are you sure? Since these are MTU I never seen them with air hoses, power 3 phase connectors. Am I missing something
  14. Metra wish list.

    This is a great idea, I wonder if they could put brake and 3 phase connectors as in a hybrid system for certain situations. Or just have future diesel cars with drop floors to accommodate me platforms in extreme emergencies
  15. Metra wish list.

    I was referring back in the late 80’ SS had to borrow equipment from metra for a while they stored it downtown millennium. My point is this, it would be nice if metra could run a diesel train when days of extreme cold. Like I said they could run to Van B and drop off passengers to avoid Smokey millennium station, but the platform is the issue.
  16. Metra wish list.

    Wow ⚡️ district is down and out. Too bad the platforms are too high, metra could of ran a diesel train from van b to up. Hmmm SS borrowed metra 126 for a while, I wonder if it was just service from Chicago to Indiana with no stops in between. I’m just wondering if they stopped say 55-56-57th how did they board passengers at platform level
  17. Metra wish list.

    Was the initial shut down due to this or a wire problem some where else? It’s seems there was a wire issue and then this problem after. I saw that picture and OMG looks like a long time to fix!!
  18. Metra wish list.

    Well idk if they should electrify any lines!!! During these rare circumstances, ME and SS are disabled due to wire problems. At least the diesels are chugging along.
  19. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Saw PHI59 yesterday in union station
  20. Metra wish list.

    If RID went electric they would have to redesign the gallery area. Current ME cars have a single cut out for ground platforms and all of RID is street level vs raised platform level. Also it would be nice if these cars could be longer due to electrical equipment taking up some room on the bi level. I know some conductors prefer the electric as it’s easier to reconfigure the cars, snapped together and your all set.
  21. Locomotive 98 and 99

    If metra got the funds they wanted to buy new locomotives.. which kind would they get? Would be nice to see some Siemens chargers on the line. What are your thoughts on this?
  22. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    When you say crapped out, do you mean electrical problems HEP or issue with cab controls on inbound run. Also I noticed a lot of MP36’s rusting on the rears lately
  23. Random Metra

    If your walking up and out of Metra side walk toward the Auntie Anne and hang a left.. there is the south shore side. It is much easier to access and takes less effort then Metra side. ME is the only line in which going in bound to city you have to climb stairs to get to platform and then once downtown more stairs it’s crazy. Only good thing is headed out bound everything is down. I don’t know why they were using south shore today.
  24. Random Metra

    Today Metra was using the south shore side to unload. I never knew how easy they had it.. just walk off and in the station with in a few seconds. How lucky!!
  25. Metra and PTC

    I think going forward the mechanical problem will be used more. Once I left the station and HEP dies and train stop. The fix the issue and go on. Then the other day we are pulling up to lake bluff and lights cut off for a second.