Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

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Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby jackintosh11 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:14 pm

Are there railfan windows on the CTA and Metra?
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby doepack » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:39 am

Both carriers have them, as long as you don't mind standing. Best time to get an open cab car on Metra is during rush hours, but be advised looking out the front window can be subject to conductor discretion.

As a side note, the new highliner cars going in service on the electric district have a front "railfan window" similar to those on the diesel lines...
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby Tadman » Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:41 am

I took this video out the front of the new South Shore 300-series which have the same view out the front as any gallery car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRHmpI8HBZM
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby ExCon90 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 3:55 pm

Was that signal at 0:57 displaying a lunar white on the bottom head which changed to red?
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby JLJ061 » Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:50 pm

ExCon90 wrote:Was that signal at 0:57 displaying a lunar white on the bottom head which changed to red?


That signal does not display a lunar, it may have just looked like it in the video.
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:03 pm

I wondered about that; it seemed strange.
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby Nicholas Chen » Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:58 am

On the gallery cars, are the windows upstairs by the cab or downstairs at the door that is used for connecting cars?
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Re: Metra and CTA Railfan Windows

Postby jackintosh11 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:36 am

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