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Everything posted by chitowndude84

  1. You can thank all xmas eBay/Amazon/Online ordering for those extra shifts @ UPS and the same. It ALL trickles down to everyone. Including our fellow bus drivers
  2. I agree new 7000 series front/end caps look A LOT like the 2400 series lol
  3. OT. Looking at those front wheels on the Bluebird School bus, I can tell its OLD !!! Brings back grade school memories from the 90's lol
  4. Legal hold=LONG LONG LONG while !!!
  5. Just curious are there ANY Orion 1's left ?? I saw a thread last year with 2378 covered in snow @ South holland garage
  6. Your best bet is to try facebook marketplace or ebay for a used motorola radio or scanner I believe Motorola is what they use ? since its a local company (schaumburg) ??
  7. That bad boy is almost 50 years old lol !!! If it made it this far and seeing how METRA is scouting/purchasing 2nd hand locos due to so called "lack of funds" and increase service, It would make more sense just to keep it and rebuild it ?? Another vote for nostalgi purposes since it will be the ONLY in-service operating F40C left in the US !!! Just my 2 honest abe's
  8. Ya that sucks. Luckily I don't have to worry about any old NABI junk in my area
  9. I agree that's a mega-diesel !! Never thought we'd see 6 axle locomotives again on Metra lines lol Is METRA planning to run 8-15 car consists lol ??? Here's a "Preview" of what's to come lol
  10. Wraps on new buses.....meh. Shame PACE isn't running any ACTUAL historical buses Don't they have a few Orion 1's at south shops ?? and Fishbowl Nortran 460 ??? Would be cool to see those old dogs running around Dave
  11. That board meeting was hilarious, Those "Pencil pushers" on the board really have NO clue about their operations/Fleet. Only care about a nice, safe position on a transit board $$$ and pension I'm surprised none of them recommend ordering buses from Orion or Flxible lol
  12. MODS feel free to move if not the correct sub-forum Interesting one of the characters is a "CTS" rail operator lol At time stamp 1:19 looks like Red line Sheridan station ?? And looks like they used 2600 series for the series !! Synopsis: The Red Line's plot involves a white cop in Chicago who mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor. It follows three different families with connections to the case, and the story is told from each perspective. 8 episode limited series on CBS
  13. The question is, How were you able to drive through CTA property and not get into any trouble or noticed ?? Did your P71 Vic had anything to do with it ?? lol Dave
  14. Bout time My dad said Jeff park station really hasn't changed at all since he moved to Chicago in 1980 Dave
  15. That's nothing, one of those stupid things had a old CTA Flx metro in it !! Dave
  16. Not sure if this has been posted before ? But somehow a few EX-RTA/CN&W cars have ended all the way in California One of them is car # 7774, 7700 pullman series Weird seeing these Chicago out the desert lol $100 says METRA desperate to save $$$ would still reclaim these, Clorox, Slap some METRA logos and put them back in service HA HA
  17. From my memories. The 5300,6000 and 4400's had notorious wheelchair lift issues. But it seems like that issue went away as TA"s transitioned to low floors Dave
  18. I remember one ride on a Nabi Artic leaking rain water on me while on the LSD But I agree with busjack they were JUNK and good riddance to them And being built in Alabama didn't help either lol Dave
  19. We all know Skokie shops can pull some "Miracles", I'm thinking it shouldn't be too much work to reverse back to "In service" condition ?? Dave
  20. I posted that pic a few years ago, It was a 5300 series Flex Photo Credit: Chicago Police Officer Greg Reynolds
  21. ??? Might wanna tell the CTA of that error, That's where I got the info from on the 2019 calendar Dave
  22. Boy, I remember seeing a 6000 series on the 155 Devon with a 77th garage tag up front during the 2009 NABI ARTIC recall disaster Now that was weird lol
  23. CTA just released it's 2019 calendar and features 2200 Series Cars 2273-74 for month of December. Historical Notes: A four-car train of 2200-series cars, headed by car #2273, is berthed at the former Randolph/Wells station on the Loop Elevated for a special event. An order of 150 cars built by the Budd Company between 1969 and 1970 were purchased by the City of Chicago as part of a grant that also funded the construction of the Dan Ryan and Kennedy extensions. The design was intentionally boxy and rectilinear, as well as all-stainless steel, to harmonize with the International architectural style utilized by designers Skidmore Owings and Merrill for the Kennedy and Dan Ryan (KDR) stations. These cars were the first in CTA’s fleet to feature fluted stainless steel bodies, thereby eliminating the need for painting. The passengers were treated to large picture windows, and charcoal grey padded vinyl seats. They also were the last of the CTA rail car fleet to feature blinker-style doors. Unlike the rather troublesome air conditioning systems of the previous 2000-series cars, the air conditioning systems of the 2200-series was located entirely under the cars, thereby providing even distribution throughout each car. After their mid-life rebuild between 1990 and 1992, the windows were replaced with sash that included hopper-style windows that could be opened if the air conditioning failed. In the refit, the interior lighting, originally accomplished through backlighting the advertising cards along the top of each side wall, was replaced with single rows of long fluorescent light fixtures while the ad sash was replaced with solid metal, unlit fixtures. External speakers were added at the sides of the passenger doors; later, in the early 2000s, the operator cabs were extended to the full width of the car to support one-person transit operation. Even as the cars aged, their streamlined designs blended well with the later series of cars, never appearing as dated or out of style as some car series did. With the retirement of the last of the 2200-series cars in August of 2013, these cars had faithfully served the CTA for forty-three years. Car #2273 pictured here, and its mate #2274, are still held by CTA, awaiting assessment for possible addition to the agency’s Heritage Fleet. Cars #2347-2348 have been preserved and operate at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, IL.
  24. Remember guys, Car 3458 2600 series (EX-3032) is connected to a 3200 series car(3457) hence reason it also received LED destination signs So it appears that 3458 is the ONLY 2600 series car with LED destination signs ?? According to wikipedia "Car 3457 was an additional car built for the purpose of serving as a mate to the 2600-series car 3032, after its mate 3031 had been damaged from a derailment at Wilson station on March 15, 1988. 3032 was renumbered 3458. The pair currently runs on the Orange Line,[4] which is currently equipped with both 2600-series and 3200-series cars." Dave
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