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  1. Pace Bus Moves

    Saw the first 754 this morning. It was 6966 which had come off an inbound 755.
  2. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    Yes it should have been 6746 not 6745. 6745 retired in July 2016.
  3. Random Metra

    No, but it runs nearly every day, returning downtown around 4:45pm. Often pass it just north of Clybourn while on #629 on the Northwest Line.
  4. Random Metra

    12 cars were sold to Amtrak in 1973 all built be Pullman in 1958. C&NW 700/1/3 were cab cars > Amtrak 9621/2/4 C&NW 702/4-9 were coach cars > Amtrak 9613/5-20 C&NW 600 was a coach/ lounge-buffet > Amtrak 9600 C&NW 903 was a lounge/ buffet > Amtrak 9601
  5. Random Metra

    All Budd cars are stainless steel. All others were painted mild steel. CB&Q were the first to use bi-level cars in Chicago when they received 700-729 in 1950. C&NW were the first to introduce bi-level cab cars for push-pull operation with 8700-8749 in 1959/60. Milwaukee had Budd 300-341 built 1961/4 which are now 7200-7241 and Budd cab cars 380-399 built 1961/4 which are now 8200-8219. In 1974 Budd cars 342-368 (now 7257-7283) and Budd cab cars 400-413 (now 8225-8238) were delivered. Rock Island had Budd 140-154 built 1965 which are now 7242-7256 and also Pulman Standard 155-9 built 1970 which were 7867-7871. Cab cars were Budd 110-114 which became 8220-8224 (8222 was r/b as coach 7382) and Pullman Standard 115-119 which were 8764-8768 and rebuilt as coach 7881-7885. C&NW had St Louis Car 1-7, 10-16 built 1955 which were 7600-7613, 8-9 built 1955 were Club coaches which were 7900-7901. Pullman Standard 17-48 new 1956 which were 7650-7681, 49-150 new 1960/1 which were 7700-7801, 201-210 new 1963 became 7802-7811, 211-224, 226-237 new 1965-7 were 7812-7837, 301-339 new 1970 were 7840-7866. C&NW 225 was originally Parlor Car 6400 built 1958 and r/b 1966 which was 7880. Pullman cab cars were 151-200 built 1959/60 which were 8700-8749 and 251-264 in 1965-8 which were 8764-8768. RTA was set up in 1974. Budd cars 7100-7121 (for BN) new 1978 and 7284-7381 new 1978-80 along with Budd cab cars 8240-8248 and 8250-8275 new in 1978-80 were delivered before RTA took over direct operation in 1982.
  6. Random Metra

    741-749 were built 1955 750-759 - 1957 760-787 - 1965 798-820 - 1973 (796-815 were cab cars, 796/7 gone)
  7. 6400-series Nova LFS - Updates & Retirements

    So far in July 96 different 6400s have been used in service according to the maths22 tracker: 6466, 6468, 6470, 6473, 6474, 6477, 6488 6553, 6554, 6558, 6562, 6564, 6574, 6576, 6577, 6579, 6581, 6585 6674, 6675, 6678, 6679, 6681, 6682, 6684, 6686, 6687, 6691, 6692, 6694, 6697, 6699 6700, 6705, 6706, 6710, 6713, 6714, 6722, 6724, 6730, 6733, 6734, 6736, 6737, 6745, 6747, 6751, 6755, 6758, 6759, 6761, 6763, 6764, 6770, 6771, 6772, 6776, 6780, 6784, 6792, 6793, 6794, 6799 6802, 6803, 6805, 6810, 6814, 6820, 6824, 6826, 6836, 6837, 6838, 6842, 6843, 6846, 6849, 6854, 6856, 6858, 6859, 6860, 6862, 6865, 6867, 6868, 6869, 6870, 6871, 6873, 6875, 6877, 6882
  8. Metra 553, 555

    Erie St?
  9. Metra 553, 555

    The one remaining car is 553
  10. More Bus Moves

    This morning 8023, 8030 and 8090 are on the 130
  11. maths22 bus tracker web site

    Apparently the security certificate has expired. cta.maths22.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate expired on Monday, June 11, 2018, 4:51 PM. The current time is Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 2:50 PM.
  12. More Bus Moves

    There is always a problem with Pace on any of these! They provide both Arrival and Departure times from each stop. Obviously in most cases these are the same but at termini and major timing points such as Oakbrook where the buses wait for several minutes they are not. I have both - the free one has Pace arrivals only and no Metra. The Plus one (I think it was $1 to buy) has both arrivals and departures for Pace and schedules for Metra. I also use QuickTrack Chicago which is better for Metra (realtime) and now shows the departures for Pace by default for each stop.
  13. More Bus Moves

    This is Ride Chicago or Ride Chicago Pro (with Pace and Metra)
  14. Random CTA

    1000 is on the 80 this afternoon
  15. CTA power control

    The conductor (third) rail is supported on ceramic insulators or insulated brackets, typically at intervals of 10 feet or so. It is not continuous and typically switches from one side of the running track to the other, as well as having gaps at switches and grade crossings. Gaps are not a problem as long as the gap is not longer than the train or the train is moving fast enough to coast through the gap! Some early third rail electric locomotives where equipped with a flywheel to keep the loco moving over gaps. Higher system voltages (above 1500 v) are not considered safe as it becomes increasingly difficult to isolate the third rail. At the 600V dc used by cta, very high currents have to be used to provide the power to move the trains, which leads to considerable power loss in the system, requiring relatively closely spaced feed points (sub-stations). The optimal distance between sub-stations on the "L" is approximately two miles, dependent on loads (The more trains in a section the closer the spacing). There are currently approximately 50 substations around the "L" system. The return current usually flows through one or both running rails, and leakage to ground is not considered serious. On newer systems, such as the Docklands Light Rail in London, the third rail cross section is much smaller than conventional systems so the resistance of the third rail, and hence its current loss is much lower allowing greater distances between power stations. Another method for reducing current losses is to use a composite conductor rail of a hybrid aluminium/steel design. The aluminium is a better conductor of electricity (lower resistance), and a running face of stainless steel gives better wear.
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