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This one was at Damen on the Blue Line. It was stuck at that station for several minutes due to a mechanical issue at Division/Milwaukee which resulted in minor delays and with that, they had to partially cut the power off keeping the emergency lights, audio and LEDs active! :O

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I saw an 8 car consist on the Brown Line featuring 6 3200s with 2611 and 2612. I guess the Brown Line didnt get te same memo as the Blue Line  about mixing 2600s with 3200s, even though those sets can couple together like they used to on the Orange Line. 

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2 hours ago, artthouwill said:

I saw an 8 car consist on the Brown Line featuring 6 3200s with 2611 and 2612. I guess the Brown Line didnt get te same memo as the Blue Line  about mixing 2600s with 3200s, even though those sets can couple together like they used to on the Orange Line. 

Brown line always runs the 2600s as belly cars. Either the line supervisor there is really smart or they still need to train blue line crews and cannot do the belly car thing. They could almost do all trains 3200 ends if they tried this. Sucks though you wouldnt have all the led destination signs though. I wonder if anyone at cta has thought run 2600s as belly cars put digital signs on the sides of 2600s and never update the end signs. If it conflicted with the sign controller they could remove the older signs. 

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8 hours ago, BusHunter said:

Brown line always runs the 2600s as belly cars. Either the line supervisor there is really smart or they still need to train blue line crews and cannot do the belly car thing. They could almost do all trains 3200 ends if they tried this. Sucks though you wouldnt have all the led destination signs though. I wonder if anyone at cta has thought run 2600s as belly cars put digital signs on the sides of 2600s and never update the end signs. If it conflicted with the sign controller they could remove the older signs. 

My point was that the Blue Line  could also run 2600s as belly cars as they did with the 2200s.  That way nearly every  train could have some 3200s.  However I guess straight 3200s gives an illusion of newer equipment on the line.  They look very similar to the 5000s.

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2 hours ago, chicagocubs6323 said:

Why not update the end signs, though? Might as well do that as well

Saves money, you can cheat the budget. If for some reason a few 2600 trains got on the ends theres always paper signs. Cta is not shy about it, but I'd only do that if there was a sign conflict. They could always do the orange line thing and put a destination sticker. Just think if you had signs for 100 cars you could put them on 200 cars.

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2 hours ago, artthouwill said:

My point was that the Blue Line  could also run 2600s as belly cars as they did with the 2200s.  That way nearly every  train could have some 3200s.  However I guess straight 3200s gives an illusion of newer equipment on the line.  They look very similar to the 5000s.

Yeah and some days I swear the blue line is about 50 to 60 percent 3200 cars. Its obvious the 2600s are resting somewhere. It's how it always should have been. How much money are they saving now? 100 years of former transit managers cant be wrong can they. Consolidation I fear was something generated by a computer program. This is the real world not a simulation. 

If I was running things though I would get the orange line some 3200s back. If they still ran brownages I'd make those solid 2600s consists. They did that with the 2400s. Theres a chance that most service on all 3 lines could maintain a 2600 belly system. It's not seamless but it works and with a few led signs you could make it the best of a bad situation. 

 

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17 hours ago, artthouwill said:

I saw an 8 car consist on the Brown Line featuring 6 3200s with 2611 and 2612. I guess the Brown Line didnt get te same memo as the Blue Line  about mixing 2600s with 3200s, even though those sets can couple together like they used to on the Orange Line. 

I hope they keep the both series separate on the Blue!   I love seeing an 8 car set of 3200s!  Seeing the bright LEDs and destination signs saying "OHare" Makes me proud of the Blue line!  Im content we have the 3200s  I love that series! 

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Riding the orange line a majority of my life I've seen just about everything on it except the 2200's and 5000's but I do question the durability of the 2600's that are left on the orange line at this point in time, some are beginning to show there age with bad heating,poor lighting and dare I say considerably slower travel times in non slow zones of the orange line. One train (usually I board the front car) I remember being on earlier this week seemed to struggle getting up the 18th street incline and the operator nearly came to a complete crawl of about 5 mph and she seemed a little baffled by it. Once we made it past the incline she could barely get the train to crack 30 mph with all that going on I see #1542 speed by heading southwest and I'm thinking to myself damn maybe taking the bus would of been the better option. xD

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