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  1. News: Metra to explore buying 200+ cars

    Stadler has built sleeping cars for the UK.
  2. FastTracks

    No this was from the total shutdown of Red Line South from May to Oct 2013. Red Line was closed from Roosevelt to 95th for major reconstruction. Red line trains rerouted via 16th St incline to Green Line Ashland/63rd with Green Line running to Cottage Grove only. During weekday rush hours additional Green Line trains operated to Roosevelt (am) and round the Loop via Wells (pm)
  3. CTA 'L' Rosters

    In particular IDOT would love to get rid of the left hand exits and entrances at Harlem and Oak Park. Given the amount of traffic on I-290 they are dangerous. This might impact the cta ROW to the south of the expressway.
  4. Random Metra

    In the days of long distance trains which Union station was built for the baggage platform height matched the floor level of the baggage cars allowing baggage carts to be easily moved in and out of the baggage car. They were never designed to be used with Metra bi-levels.
  5. F40 repainting?

    So far the only cars that have been repainted in this livery are from a batch built in 1956 by Pullman-Standard (7651-7681) and a number of them have been repainted although only 7664 has been used in service, I think (SWS). These were among the first withdrawn by Metra with 15 going to VRE. 7675 at Western Avenue has been there for months with the repaint not finished - masking tape on the windows etc. Perhaps they are having a rethink! 7882 was a MARC one that has been in service with Metra since 2016. Probably at KYD for repair.
  6. Jefferson Park Bus Terminal Renovation

    Less chance of weather delays over the summer.
  7. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    From the registration in the photograph and the fact that 6783 has not been on bustracker since August 2016, WB-2 is 6783. According to bus tracker 6705, 6784, 6870 and 6873 were on the 78 at 3:30pm yesterday. I know some buses spend periods not tracking but not 2.5 years.
  8. F40 repainting?

    On Saturday I saw 173 in the new livery. Does anyone know if it has been rebuilt to F40PH-3, if so it is the first of the 1983 batch (150-173) to be rebuilt. It does seem to have been missing since May last year.
  9. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    From the CPTB Wiki BW-62 was cta Flxible 3549
  10. Random Metra

    There are also 6-8 stored on the Milwaukee West at Bensenville.
  11. 4000-series DE60LF - Updates - Rehabs

    No, but the statement I made is directly from the cta. https://www.transitchicago.com/cta-uses-stimulus-funds-to-purchase-articulated-hybrid-buses/
  12. 4000-series DE60LF - Updates - Rehabs

    4150-4207 - "CTA was able to move quickly on the new bus order because last fall the Chicago Transit Board approved the reassignment of terms of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) contract option for the purchase of 58 New Flyer articulated hybrid buses pending the availability of stimulus funds, the agency said". They were delivered to the WMATA spec for seating and lighting. I assume as lights are replaced they are cta standard which are a different color. The final order 4300-4399 were piggybacked onto a Seattle order, but in this case cta had some input into the interior. At the time of the first two orders cta were looking to replace the 226 NABI artics that were withdrawn in February 2009. By then 4000-4100 had been delivered with 4101-414r delivered March & April with the last two in May and June 2009. 4150-4207 were delivered July-Sep 2009.
  13. More Bus Moves

    1366 & 1367 have had a nomadic existence! I have them delivered to C then to P in 2/09, K in 2/10, 74th in 6/15, 77th in 5/16, C in 7/17, 74th in 4/18 and finally 77th in 12/18.
  14. New Express Routes Coming Soon.

    The 856 replacements on 855 are two additional journeys to the existing timetable starting/ending at Burr Ridge providing additional seats from/to there. The 755 has always only stopped at Plainfield and Old Chicago. Apart from the Bridgeview journeys on the 855, the only other change in stopping pattern is 851 only serving White Fence Farm and not starting from Old Chicago.
  15. EX-CN&W Pullman RTA cars in California

    Only the section from Tijuana to just west of Tecate is in Mexico. The line from Division (Canyon City) through Jacumba to Plaster City is in the USA. The F-units at Jacumba are probably the ones mentioned below: Carrizo Gorge Railway never owned any locomotives, but leased from various places. The railroad leased several locomotives from its employees and stockholder's interests from East County Dirt Works (ECDW). Two EMD F7As 100 & 102, ex-WCRC, née B&LE. One EMD F7B 101, ex-WCRC, née B&LE. One EMD GP9 3878, ex-DLSX, née SP. One EMD GP9 4324, ex-C&NW. One GP40M-2 669, ex-UP. One Alco S-4 1465, ex-RELCO, née SP.