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  by Illinifan
 
In addition to the 8515 and 8520, cab car 8526 is also roaming UP rails. Additionally, former UP cab car 8401 is now being used as the lead cab car on a Heritage Corridor consist (the one that has five cars).
  by AMTKHawkeye
 
Question: Does anyone know which 7100-series car is currently tarped up under Roosevelt Road? (From the 6/3/2011 accident in CUS.) Thanks in advance.
  by doepack
 
F40c611fan wrote:
byte wrote:Looked like new paint - platinum mist with blue & orange stripes. From the looks of it, all the cars that didn't need new paint were immediately put into service and are now working up north on the UP lines. The "rougher" cars (these) were all still in RTA cream/orange/brown and from the looks of it, needed at least a new paint job on the outside before being run on any train.
I think those that were " immediately put into service" were the five from VRE, numbers 7825, 7836, 7838, 7840, and 7848, all of which are now on the UP from what I know. I don't think Metra let any of the 13 from Utah (7787, 7788, 7789, 7791, 7794, 7795, 7801, 7804, 7806, 7810, and 7811) loose on the system without a paint job first. I think this is what you said; I'm just clarifying. Also, I spotted 7811 on a weekend train on the UPN a couple of weeks ago. Any of the others from Utah operating yet?
Thought I'd give this a bump...

Four of the five ex-VRE cars are still roaming around UP (7840 was on the Rock at last report), but I've only seen less than half of the former Frontrunner cars in service so far (#'s 7789, 7794, 7804, 7810, and 7811). I've also seen 8738; think it's a former UTAX car, but not sure. Trying to compile an unofficial list of these older cars, any other sightings?
  by Illinifan
 
doepack wrote:
F40c611fan wrote:
byte wrote:Looked like new paint - platinum mist with blue & orange stripes. From the looks of it, all the cars that didn't need new paint were immediately put into service and are now working up north on the UP lines. The "rougher" cars (these) were all still in RTA cream/orange/brown and from the looks of it, needed at least a new paint job on the outside before being run on any train.
I think those that were " immediately put into service" were the five from VRE, numbers 7825, 7836, 7838, 7840, and 7848, all of which are now on the UP from what I know. I don't think Metra let any of the 13 from Utah (7787, 7788, 7789, 7791, 7794, 7795, 7801, 7804, 7806, 7810, and 7811) loose on the system without a paint job first. I think this is what you said; I'm just clarifying. Also, I spotted 7811 on a weekend train on the UPN a couple of weeks ago. Any of the others from Utah operating yet?
Thought I'd give this a bump...

Four of the five ex-VRE cars are still roaming around UP (7840 was on the Rock at last report), but I've only seen less than half of the former Frontrunner cars in service so far (#'s 7789, 7794, 7804, 7810, and 7811). I've also seen 8738; think it's a former UTAX car, but not sure. Trying to compile an unofficial list of these older cars, any other sightings?
Two weeks ago, I saw 7806 on a five car train on the Union Pacific North Line. I am not sure if it is still running on the UP or not. Additionally, 7787 was the the third car from the rear on a nine car UP Northwest Line Train as recently as June 6th.

Besides the new paint job, all of the former Frontrunner cars in Metra service have blue seats instead of the orange ones. In the case of the 7810 ( I rode this car home a week ago), the seats look like they were originally installed in the 8400/7400 cars.

The 8738 is a former Frontrunner car as well.
  by F40c611fan
 
Illinifan wrote: Besides the new paint job, all of the former Frontrunner cars in Metra service have blue seats instead of the orange ones. In the case of the 7810 ( I rode this car home a week ago), the seats look like they were originally installed in the 8400/7400 cars.
When you say blue seats, do you mean the dark blue seats now used on many of the newer coaches, or the blue-green seats on many of the old Pullmans before they were retired? Just curious.
  by Illinifan
 
F40c611fan wrote:
Illinifan wrote: Besides the new paint job, all of the former Frontrunner cars in Metra service have blue seats instead of the orange ones. In the case of the 7810 ( I rode this car home a week ago), the seats look like they were originally installed in the 8400/7400 cars.
When you say blue seats, do you mean the dark blue seats now used on many of the newer coaches, or the blue-green seats on many of the old Pullmans before they were retired? Just curious.
Most of the former UTA cars are receiving blue seats similar to the ones found in Pullman cars rehabbed in the 1990s. However, at least three cars (7789, 7794, 7810) actually have seats that are identical to the seats found in unrehabbed 7400/8400 cars. I am just speculating that Metra placed the discarded seats from the 7400/8400 cars going through rehab on those three Pullman cars.
  by metra209
 
Illinifan wrote:
F40c611fan wrote:
Illinifan wrote: Besides the new paint job, all of the former Frontrunner cars in Metra service have blue seats instead of the orange ones. In the case of the 7810 ( I rode this car home a week ago), the seats look like they were originally installed in the 8400/7400 cars.
When you say blue seats, do you mean the dark blue seats now used on many of the newer coaches, or the blue-green seats on many of the old Pullmans before they were retired? Just curious.
Most of the former UTA cars are receiving blue seats similar to the ones found in Pullman cars rehabbed in the 1990s. However, at least three cars (7789, 7794, 7810) actually have seats that are identical to the seats found in unrehabbed 7400/8400 cars. I am just speculating that Metra placed the discarded seats from the 7400/8400 cars going through rehab on those three Pullman cars.
Speaking of the Union Pacific, cab car 8507 has joined the line. I have seen it several times as the lead cab car. I think there could be other 8500 cabs over there, but I'm not sure.
  by Illinifan
 
At least four other 8500 series cars have moved over to the UP besides the 8507. The others currently roaming the former CNW lines are cabs 8503, 8515, 8520, and 8526. Five of UP's 8400 rehabbed cab cars are now running on the Milwaukee District and HC (8400, 8401, 8403, 8409, and 8414).
  by metra209
 
Illinifan wrote:At least four other 8500 series cars have moved over to the UP besides the 8507. The others currently roaming the former CNW lines are cabs 8503, 8515, 8520, and 8526. Five of UP's 8400 rehabbed cab cars are now running on the Milwaukee District and HC (8400, 8401, 8403, 8409, and 8414).
Do you have any idea of which 8400 cab cars underwent rebuild? If you know, tell me in order.
  by doepack
 
I have no idea what the order is right now, but I've recently seen 8406, 8417, 8423, and 8428, so that's a start...
  by metra209
 
doepack wrote:I have no idea what the order is right now, but I've recently seen 8406, 8417, 8423, and 8428, so that's a start...
The Milwaukee District now has rebuilt 8400 cab, 8418, I think.
  by F40CFan
 
I hope the seats are better. The original 84xx 74xx seats were horrible. Otherwise, it looks like the MILW lines are becoming Metra's dumping grounds; 84xx, 74xx and 4xx.
  by metra209
 
AMTKHawkeye wrote:Question: Does anyone know which 7100-series car is currently tarped up under Roosevelt Road? (From the 6/3/2011 accident in CUS.) Thanks in advance.

I have no idea which 7100 car is tarped up, but I did see a couple of 7100 cars at rock island yard in Chicago. The one close to the new 35th street station. I was not able to get the numbers, though.
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