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2 hours ago, John7 said:

94-96 has to be ex GO. Metrolinks f59ph locomotives didn't have the air conditioner above the cab. Either that or they just installed them. And if it is ex metrolink i hope they dont keep their awful mixed horns.

Totally forgot these were Toronto's before they were Montreal's

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On 9/2/2019 at 1:04 AM, WCR said:

Only 97-99 were ever in active service on Metra, 94-96 have been purchased secondhand and are in the process of being delivered.

 

97 and 99 have been shipped out, 98 should follow.

Did metra ship back 97 and 99? Was it only a lease?

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55 minutes ago, richii0909 said:

Did metra ship back 97 and 99? Was it only a lease?

Metra owns 97-99 (now 94-96)

They were sent out to progress rail for rebuild

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On 9/5/2019 at 12:26 PM, John7 said:

Metra owns 97-99 (now 94-96)

They were sent out to progress rail for rebuild

Wow seems like they just got them. Any upgrades for the rebuild

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94 has found its way to the Western Ave "dead line" since last Wednesday. 

Given the way things are these days, probably will be sitting there for 6 months or more !

 

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1 hour ago, trainman8119 said:

94 has found its way to the Western Ave "dead line" since last Wednesday. 

Given the way things are these days, probably will be sitting there for 6 months or more !

 

Dead line?

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On ‎9‎/‎23‎/‎2019 at 5:23 PM, John7 said:

Is 210 being rebuilt after the fire or did it meet the same fate as 215?

It's being rebuilt

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On 9/23/2019 at 12:42 PM, NewFlyerMCI said:

Dead line?

I say dead line because they put a whole bunch of engines out there and then just ignore them for months, including Amtrak F59s and the recently delivered 94. For example 92 has been out running and suddenly has found itself at the end of the line in the east yard. There is also a NIRC switch engine in the line for 2 weeks now. 

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I doubt 94 will be at western yard coupled to the other f59s for a long time considering it was just rebuilt along with 201 which is probably already in service. As for the rest of the f59s from amtrak of course those will be held up in the yard for quite a while since some of them were rehabbed 5-6 years ago. Metx 88 (ex cascades/surfliner 465) not long after it was repainted it was put into service since 88 was the last of the 21 ex amtrak f59s to be rehabbed. 

 

Only time will tell when 94 gets placed into service. 

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Progress has to be thrilled to get this work. They are absolutely dying since Tier 4 kicked in. Muncie has got to be a ghost town. These rebuild jobs are about all they have left.

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Couple of f59phis at union station. Currently on mil west line. Past metx 80 and 85 is leading. Missed 88 at the station. Almost all the f59s are in service

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2 hours ago, NewFlyerMCI said:

I read both articles.  The first one doesn't make sense.   The writer acknowledges that CTA would lose 3% of its bus riders and 1% of its rail riders to a beefed up and cheaper Metra service 

  The author wonders why the buses compete with Metra?  The answer is that they don't.   All of those far south side routes feed the Red Line,  so even the math doesn't work.  The vast majority of south side Red Line riders transfer to/from a bus.  87th and possibly Garfield are the only stations that have parking near the station where some riders park their cars.  However those ar shopping area parking lots not meant for commuters.  The other thing to consider is how many riders travel beyond downtown?  

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2 hours ago, artthouwill said:

 87th and possibly Garfield are the only stations that have parking near the station where some riders park their cars.  However those ar shopping area parking lots not meant for commuters.  The other thing to consider is how many riders travel beyond downtown?  

The Garfield Green Line parking is for commuters, but yes, there's no commuter parking at the Dan Ryan.

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