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  by MetraF40C607
 
Well, considering I am hearing 99 million conflicting reports, I have resolved to they aren't going to run, period. Until someone can provide sufficient proof, like a sighting, then i'll believe it. I know it's sad, but it's the truth. I wanna see em run as much as the next guy, but visual proof over words will make me much more interested.

  by F40CFan
 
MetraF40C607 wrote:Well, considering I am hearing 99 million conflicting reports, I have resolved to they aren't going to run, period. Until someone can provide sufficient proof, like a sighting, then i'll believe it. I know it's sad, but it's the truth. I wanna see em run as much as the next guy, but visual proof over words will make me much more interested.
I agree 100%. Its just nice to have something to look forward to.

  by MetraF40C607
 
Kinda like how i'm looking forward to tomorrow and the reports that the F40Cs are supposed to (according to one of the 99 million reports) run on the MILW-W line all day. WE SHALL SEE!

  by AMTK84
 
To those who agree with F40C Fan and Metra F40C607...I am glad you are taking a sensible attitude about the situation.

In all seriousness, though...Those who are wholehartedly antissipating a run of 611 and 614 on the MD-W tomorrow will be horribly disappointed. I'd love to know where the idea that when they do run in Late July and Late August that they will run on the MD-W for sure came from?

The people who are circulating those roomers likely want to see the F40C's on the MD-W...But it is way too early to know for sure where they will go and exactly when. I can see it as a possabillity that the 2 C's would run on train number 2231 since that is the train used to test other locomotives; but for all I know one could run on a MD-N train and the other one on another MD-N train.

Bottom line: its too early to tell for sure. Everything is up for grabs.

  by F40CFan
 
On Monday afternoon (07/03/2006), I definately saw one of them in the shop building. I was too far away, and in a moving train, so I couldn't see which one.

  by F40CFan
 
As of last evening (07/10/2006) they were both back in their spot next to #1 Main.

  by doepack
 
I'm guessing that Metra decided to retain 611 and 614 because they were in the best shape mechanically. Any truth to that? Does anyone know (or remember) the mechanical condition of the other F40C's that were sold off the property? TIA...

  by F40CFan
 
doepack wrote:I'm guessing that Metra decided to retain 611 and 614 because they were in the best shape mechanically. Any truth to that? Does anyone know (or remember) the mechanical condition of the other F40C's that were sold off the property? TIA...
610 had a fire, I think it was in the main generator(?). I'm not sure about the others.

  by AMTK84
 
608 had a cracked engine block, 607 had its turbo replaced before it was sold so I'm not sure what might or might not have been done to 608.

  by byte
 
They retained the two they still have because they were rehabbed with federal grant money several years ago, and are still within the pre-set "window of time" that the feds mandate on such grants to make sure they get their money's worth. (or at least, they were not clear of that window when the rest of them were retired)
  by NIRCMAN
 
The 614 was in the shop for the past couple of days. Why? It was involved in a near fatality a few years back and the litigation team for the man injured wants to re-enact the event. this has already been done three times before. one time using the 614. On Sunday, August 27 it willbe used again to re-enact the event for the man who was injured. It will follow the first scheduled train in (probably 1/2 hour or so behind). It will run to the Mayfair stop and perform the necessary tests. Then presumably back to Fox Lake, or maybe to western ave to tie up again. It is not going back in the line-up this is a one-time only deal. if you miss it you may miss your last chance to see a 600 in action.

  by MikeF
 
Why would it be run all the way to Fox Lake? Mayfair is only a few miles from Western Avenue.

  by AMTK84
 
I'm surprised this was posted, my Metra contact ordered that I keep it quiet.

That said...When is it going up from Western Avenue to Fox Lake?

  by Tadman
 
get some photos, guys! I'm out of the Chi now, so I can't watch.

  by AMTK84
 
Don't waste your time out tonight. It is the second unit on train 2141. It will go to the test site and return under its own power Sunday to Fox Lake then be dubbleheaded once again.
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