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  1. I think thats 418. I've seen it twice on the Rock Island and the paint looks deeper and brand new, especially the stripes on the front. I wish they would repaint 407 and 415. 415 is among the worst MP36s in terms of paint issues. Paint's cracking everywhere, rust is showing, and there's metal visible along the body.
  2. Yes, it had a black roof. I think the locomotive you're referring to is one of the first F59PHIs that were painted in the Metra livery. They waited to paint the roof black to let the primer dry. I think the number was 79. 401-427 is reserved for the MP36s and I think 70-99 is reserved for the F59s that Metra acquired from GO Transit and from Amtrak. Here's a picture of the completed paintjob for the F59PHI:
  3. Looks like METX 418 has been repainted. Saw it on the RI today.
  4. Anyone know what METX 408 is doing south of Union Station by the BNSF maintenance building?
  5. I went on a field trip with my 3rd grade class a long time ago. We got on at Oak Lawn Patriot and took the Southwest Service to Union Station. We had a whole car to ourselves, and we only had to pay for the bus transportation to the station and the activities in the city. We took off-peak trains so we could get a whole car to ourselves. I think our teachers called Metra a month in advance to organize all this.
  6. Just saw METX 94 coupled to an F59-PHI at the "Rocket House" at 47th st. on the Rock Island line.
  7. The first F59PHI in the standard Metra livery
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