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 sipes23
My wife just turned on channel 2 and there was a Metra Electric train shooting off sparks in a bad way in a cell phone video. The anchor described it as an explosion. They reported that 60 people were trapped on the train and that there were no injuries.

https://twitter.com/CNshooter/status/625134784344408064" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Looks like a transformer blew.

https://twitter.com/chaunceydevega/stat ... 5640347649" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Metra Electric closed from 11th St to 115th Street.

https://twitter.com/metraMED/status/625134338049380353" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by sipes23
Service has resumed.

http://wgntv.com/2015/07/26/electric-ex ... a-service/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Fair use quote: (video at site)
Metra Electric trains were suspended overnight after an explosion near a stop in Hyde Park.

Around 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, electrical problems with overhead wires caused an explosion.

Firefighters had to remove passengers from nearby trains.

All trains on Metra Electric Line’s South Chicago branch were suspended until around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.