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4 hours ago, richii0909 said:

The Tennesse RTA has got to be using some of the oldest cab cars!!!

 

4 minutes ago, artthouwill said:

I knew  those cars looked familiar.   Those are former Metra cars.  They look like 7800s.

Strange that they painted the loco to match the preexisting Metra scheme. Metra never did.

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2 minutes ago, Busjack said:

 

Strange that they painted the loco to match the preexisting Metra scheme. Metra never did.

Easier to paint the locos.  In Metra's case, what matches silver ribbed supposedly stainless steel cars?  

 

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1 hour ago, artthouwill said:

Easier to paint the locos.  In Metra's case, what matches silver ribbed supposedly stainless steel cars?  

 

Nothing until the current stupid color scheme for the reacquired cars.

My point was the C&NW cars after the last repaint, while I guess yours was the other cars.

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Has the Metra electric been having any problems lately? I took it twice this past weekend, and two separate issues occured:

1) In service train did not stop at 79th/SoShore, had passengers on it and all. Schedule didn't indicate that the stop was supposed to be skipped and I don't recall the SoShore branch having flag stops.

2) Boarding was called for the last Blue Island train of the day (5pm dpt, Sat) on Track 2. Minutes later, we're told its on track 3. The train on track 2 left at 5:01pm, completely empty, while the train on Track 3 continued to sit. At 5:06pm, I went to ask about the delay and apparently the train on Track 2 was the Blue Island. Lady at the desk had no reasons as to why this happened. My mother and I were fine (only riding to 75th & SoChicago), but the other 5 folks on the train needed to go to Blue Island (I gave them directions to LaSalle St Station).

This is only significant, because aside from minor expected delays, I can't recall ME having serious issues like that as a on-again, off-again rider. Maybe its just me? Or just that weekend?

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5 hours ago, NewFlyerMCI said:

Has the Metra electric been having any problems lately? I took it twice this past weekend, and two separate issues occured:

1) In service train did not stop at 79th/SoShore, had passengers on it and all. Schedule didn't indicate that the stop was supposed to be skipped and I don't recall the SoShore branch having flag stops.

2) Boarding was called for the last Blue Island train of the day (5pm dpt, Sat) on Track 2. Minutes later, we're told its on track 3. The train on track 2 left at 5:01pm, completely empty, while the train on Track 3 continued to sit. At 5:06pm, I went to ask about the delay and apparently the train on Track 2 was the Blue Island. Lady at the desk had no reasons as to why this happened. My mother and I were fine (only riding to 75th & SoChicago), but the other 5 folks on the train needed to go to Blue Island (I gave them directions to LaSalle St Station).

This is only significant, because aside from minor expected delays, I can't recall ME having serious issues like that as a on-again, off-again rider. Maybe its just me? Or just that weekend?

Question about #2.  Was this at Randolph or Van Buren? 

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20 hours ago, artthouwill said:

Looks like the Rochelle plant will be closing at the end of the month.  N-S will put the facility up for sale.

Story.

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BTW did NS make good on the cars Metra said it owed them (damages for delay and not honoring the assignment of the VRE options)?

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10 hours ago, Busjack said:

BTW did NS make good on the cars Metra said it owed them (damages for delay and not honoring the assignment of the VRE options)?

Good questions.  What I do know is NS failed in fulfilling  an order for Amtrak cars.

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