Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by John_Perkowski
 
I don't know if this is Metra or Class 1 trackage, but the MOW gangs are certainly trying to keep the interlockings open... Wonder how many bolts popped from contraction?

Burn, Baby, Burn!
  by MetraBNSF
 
Looks like those trucks have Metra logos on them...so it could be some of their trackage. Can't tell from the aerials.
  by ExCon90
 
What are the flames supposed to be heating? I don't see any switchpoints or movable frogs, and the opposite rail is not being heated, as would be the case with a switch.
  by justalurker66
 
The Facebook comments are amusing.

Hopefully the people here know what repair is going on.
  by dinwitty
 
ExCon90 wrote:What are the flames supposed to be heating? I don't see any switchpoints or movable frogs, and the opposite rail is not being heated, as would be the case with a switch.
could be a joint at a signal point, power connection.
  by MACTRAXX
 
Everyone:

From the posted photo and referral to "Railfan's Guide to Chicago" this looks to be Mayfair
Interlocking which is adjacent to the Kennedy Expressway near Cicero and Montrose Avenues
on Chicago's NW side. Two METRA routes cross here - the Milwaukee District North and UP's NW
(former C&NW) Line. The tip off is the angle, number of tracks and the bridge over North Cicero
Avenue that tracks at the diamonds cross directly at...

MACTRAXX
  by Tadman
 
That was my conjecture, too.