Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby MetraBNSF » Mon May 08, 2017 7:31 pm

8582 which was on BNSF was on the MILW district about 2 weeks ago.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby MetraBNSF » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:53 pm

8549 observed today on BNSF. Don’t know when this cab car came over.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby ChicagoRailfanner1989 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:48 am

Also, 8573 is on the UP Lines and 8553 is on the MILW/NCS Lines
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby F40CFan » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:57 pm

Not sure if this is quite on topic, but 7664 is at Western Ave. in a modified version of the new Metra locomotive livery. In my opinion it is not very flattering.

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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby MetraBNSF » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:40 pm

Kinda looks like one of the Amtrak bilevels. If you look at the orange stripes it looks like the one on the right above the doors is off a little bit.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby ChicagoRailfanner1989 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:00 am

8504 is on the rock
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby F40CFan » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:53 pm

7664 has been moved. It was at Western Ave. Wednesday evening, but it was not there this morning. There are quite a few other St. Louis Smooth sided cars in multiple VRE liverys hanging around at Western.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby F40CFan » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:50 pm

7664 is back, coupled to a few VRE-liveried bilevels.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby F40CFan » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:27 am

They keep moving 7664 around. It was by the east end of the shops. I wonder if they are getting it ready for use. I hope they don't put those horrible new seats in it. They also should reconsider the paint job. The stripes look ridiculous and off center in the middle of the car, but actually aren't when seen directly on. How about just platinum mist with the Metra logo over the entrance doors?
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby ChicagoRailfanner1989 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:33 am

Looks like 8518 is on the BNSF/SWS
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby MetraBNSF » Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:57 pm

ChicagoRailfanner1989 wrote:Looks like 8518 is on the BNSF/SWS

Confirmed today on BNSF.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby MetraBNSF » Thu May 17, 2018 7:20 am

Saw cab car 8608 on the MD this morning. Looks like it was rehabbed. I think from the outside one of the features of rehabbed cab cars is black rubber placed around the rear door area. At night the windows have a clear vs green tint.

This might also explain some of the lower numbered 8500 series cab cars that are roaming on BNSF. However, they are not being used on the rear of trains.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby Milwaukee_F40C » Tue May 22, 2018 9:45 pm

I don't know why they don't just paint the steel cars solid silver since they are never going to put together a matching train of them.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby Milwaukee_F40C » Tue May 22, 2018 9:51 pm

MetraBNSF wrote:I think from the outside one of the features of rehabbed cab cars is black rubber placed around the rear door area.


Does this mean a tubular style diaphragm? On the cab end of the car? That would be quite a change. It would help if a Metra train has to be coupled to Amtrak Superliner equipment for some reason.
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Re: Metra Bilevel Assignment And Maintenance Changes

Postby MetraBNSF » Wed May 23, 2018 6:48 pm

Milwaukee_F40C wrote:
MetraBNSF wrote:I think from the outside one of the features of rehabbed cab cars is black rubber placed around the rear door area.


Does this mean a tubular style diaphragm? On the cab end of the car? That would be quite a change. It would help if a Metra train has to be coupled to Amtrak Superliner equipment for some reason.

The rehabbed 8400 series cab cars do have those.
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