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7 hours ago, MTRSP1900-CTA3200 said:

They stopped painting the side area above the orange stripes black? I liked it better that way...

Other than that it looks good!

The grey parts are primer, the paint job isn't yet complete. Don't know why it left the shop early.

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On 8/11/2019 at 10:59 AM, WCR said:

Yes, if they're numbered in order it should be the Amtrak 456.

It is 456 you are correct. It’s was previously sitting in the yard sanded down completely

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2 hours ago, artthouwill said:

The new paint jobs made it to UPW.  Couldn't get a number die to a passing freight train.

You mean an F40 or an F59?

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1 hour ago, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

Who loves the Metra UP-NW express train trains man do they come thru park ridge blasting they horns

They are fun.  The suction from them is incredible.  I used to go outbound from there in the morning & would wait on the inbound platform, before I went to the center platform, just to watch people scurry away from the yellow line when it came.

I also wondered who cleaned up the hundreds of used coffee cups after they were left there on the center platform?

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On 8/13/2019 at 5:37 PM, Mr.NewFlyer1051 said:

Im pretty sure he means F59’s because the F40’s already been on the UP lines

No F59s on the UP. They are strictly on the MDW, MDN and NCS

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I have a hard time believing F59s have a higher axle load than an SD70ACE or ES44AC. I suspect issue is not out on the line but at Ogilvie itself. However again, CNW used some pretty large steam engines on passenger trains in the 1920s when NWSta was new, and you would think they would have designed it with provision for the biggest power at the time.

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2 hours ago, andrethebusman said:

I have a hard time believing F59s have a higher axle load than an SD70ACE or ES44AC. I suspect issue is not out on the line but at Ogilvie itself. However again, CNW used some pretty large steam engines on passenger trains in the 1920s when NWSta was new, and you would think they would have designed it with provision for the biggest power at the time.

Take a walk under some of the UP North bridges.  They're in terrible condition.  My favorite is Wrightwood Ave., where you can see the sun on a bright summer day.  The UP also had crews welding new flanges at the bottom of some bridges in Rogers Park.  Get off at the Lunt side & you can see them.

Other than Addison [1960 or so], Peterson [concrete with steel supports] or Emerson [1960 or so] in Evanston, they're all rusting away.  And the Emerson bridge is so rusted on the outside, Evanston tried to force the UP to paint it or let students paint it & they refused.

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