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Everything posted by andrethebusman

  1. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    Not necessarily. Depends on what caught fire. Locomotives that have internal fires usually can be fixed. Does not look like body got damaged, so probably fire was electrical.
  2. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Going to base-16 numbers?
  3. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Order number most likely L858 as Nova order #s L plus 3 numbers. 3928 might be 6928??? This is about where serials should br.
  4. A 2006 D40LF with A different Sign

    It is a test sign. Many readings are programmed differently as I believe it can display more letters at one time, though the codes are the same. Was this sign original to 1249 or is it a replacement?
  5. Flxible Metro B and E Garage Assignment

    Biggest problem with 6000's in their later years were the lift, which had a nasty habit of not stowing. Otherwise ran good until the final day. Last I heard there were still about a dozen derelict 6000's still at SS, some over a decade already. Legal holds. They still there?
  6. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Novabus would likely be four digits since it is considered a "small" builder. So the last 8 in VIN are in format G9776790, fifth from last is always a 7 so probably omitted in internal use. Highest known numbers currently in 6800's.
  7. Fishbowl questions

    Can't say I ever noticed that. Maybe a factory error? Sometimes this kind of thing does happen...
  8. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Interestingly, both NFIL and Gillig in their internal documents only use the last five digits of the VIN to keep track of production. Rest is for government use. So what could you really do with the VIN of a city bus that would be "nefarious"? A coach, maybe, but a transit bus? Please! That said, anybody copy down one of the numbers?
  9. METRA Locomotive Wish List

    At some point north of Union Station (Canal St?) track ownership became PRR and MILW joint. PC still switched a few industries such as the grain elevator at Ogden after their line south of the split at Western was abandoned. NS still has trackage rights though Metra is now the sole? owner. Years ago, CNW ran transfers from PRR 55th St freight yard up thru Union Station and over to Western Ave over these tracks and then got on their own line to 40th St Yard.
  10. December 2018 Bus Changes

    Electric buses all have the ssme problem - they need a source of electricity. Trolley buses of old were route restricted, actuslly to within about 20 feet of the wires. These are a bit better, but still can't be too far from a charger. So if 55 needs a fill-in, pulling an electric off 63 might not be too good an idea. Also, I have heard the plan is to have "mixed service" with both electrics and diesels on the route. Kind of hedging your bets?
  11. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    If the four digit number is a 6000 or 7000 something, it would be the last 4 digits of the VIN. Order number would be an L followed by three numbers.
  12. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Can somebody quote exactly what is one one if them? Posted pics too far away to actually read.
  13. December 2018 Bus Changes

    66 is also supposed to be electric. However, it is true that at this point it is all basically political discussions with no real concrete plans. In other words the final result might be quite different. All I can do is repeat what I hear from what I consider reliable sources, who in this case precede everything with "at this point this is what is being planned".
  14. Random CTA

    62 is 74th except a few Kedzie school runs.
  15. What to Do With Surplus Artics

    The pattern on 22 is kind of odd. AM pullouts are artics that pull in after the rush, replaced by 40 footers off 143-146-148. After PM rush these all pull in and are replaced by artics off 147 that are then out all evening.so there are three separate sets of equipment, am rush, midday and pm rush, and evening.
  16. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    63 is indeed confirmed as the one to be electric. Chargers will be in first two ISLAND bays as it can't be installed in first lane as the canopy supports would be in the way.
  17. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    I am getting contradictory info from my source. One one hand, says electrics going on 63rd, on other hand chargers will be in two bays closest to stationhouse at Midway.45 is WAY more than 54B needs, so maybe both are true?
  18. Up to 45 Electric Buses

    Confirmed by source at 567 - electrics going on 63rd Street
  19. Pace Roster

    Doubtful 6363 retired. Might be an accident victim, or a major failure victim, but WAY too new to retire.
  20. 5000-series - Updates

    Oh, for the good old days of fully upholstered seats...
  21. More Bus Moves

    7900 (also 4300) are assigned to 87/Greenwood as training buses. I suspect they are used to teach new mechanics how to drive buses as they need to get CDL's.
  22. 95th Red Line Station Rebuild

    "Official" route to 57 is 95th-Halsted. To Indiana Tollway is Ryan to Marquette-State-Skyway. Inbound from Indiana is Skyway-87th-Ryan. However, a lot is left to driver discretion.
  23. CTA 'L' Rosters

    T18 is the limiting factor on the loop. Before the subway when all NS ran via the Loop, rush hour backups were normal as far back as Chicago Ave. Trains could round the loop as close as 50 FEET apart, but you could only push so many per hour thru the junctions.
  24. 7900-series Nova LFS - Deliveries & Assignments

    Years ago (1950's) it was normal for brand new buses to enter service with"license applied for" tags, like is common today with cars. The big transporter outfit is Bennett Trucking from Georgia. Their responsibility ends when the bus is parked at South Shops. Now if a bus has to go off property for warranty work before CTA accepts it, Nova probably hires some local outfit to do it, maybe the service center employees do it. After acceptance most likely CTA shops employees would. The paper in the window should have the VIN on it. Please report any you might be able to read.
  25. Pulse - 95th St

    Worst is at Stewart with CWI, many trains but usually fast moving. Others usually not a big problem as not too many freights per day and RI commuters clear pretty fast.