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 metraRI
412 did not come to RI until 409 & 411 derailed last October. As far as I know, that is the only reason why it was on RI. The last time I saw 412 was on October 15th. I don't know if RI will keep 412, or if RI will get 407 from BNSF.

  by bones
412 went to the ROCK about the time it was supposed to, which was the same time od the 47th St. pile-up. Remember Metra has no grand plan. They do things at the spur of the moment.

  by metraRI
So MP36's should be assigned something like this(?):
401-407: BNSF
408-412: RI
413-427: MILW

If RI gets either 407 or 412 I'm happy. I'm sick of seeing winnebago after winnebago on RI, an MP36 is a nice to see. :-D
  by MetraBNSF
MP36 416 wrote:The worst horn is on 196, 200 and 201 aren't following that far behind, 198 is next along with 197, followed by 191, 187 and 193, 185 is all rite along with 194, 192, and 186. 199's is downrite loud along with 190, 195 has a bit of a squeal to it but 188 is another picture-perfect screamer horn. Look out when 188's comin...She's got a high RPM, fast, and a screaming 5-chime horn!
You can put 189 up there with 196 when it comes to bad horns. 201 isn't really all that bad, in fact its pitch is pretty high. I heard 185's yesterday and that one is pretty good too.
  by F40CFan
As far as I'm concerned, RI can have all of the 400s. Now that the F40Cs are gone, nothing would make me happier than to see only F40PH and F40PH-2s on the MILW-West.

  by MetraF40C607
I feel the absolute same way. Just let us have our F40PHs and 211 and i'll be happy.

  by MetraBNSF
bones wrote:The only unit in question so far is 401.
401 has been accounted for. It was back in service today.

  by metraRI
412 finally made a run on RI yesterday after not being seen for weeks. It led 148 on a branch line train.

  by Scotty Burkhardt
i saw 148 the other day... damn that thing looks nice

  by metra 613
Any F40PH or F40PH-2MS Looks nice alot better looking the a mp i wish there put all the mps on the bn and give the rock and the milw all the bn f40ph and f40ph-2ms

  by AmtrakFan
199 has a bad horn. Wroke the liven Daylights out of me last time I saw it.


  by bones
The 400's will never leave the MILW due to fuel tank size.

  by F40CFan
Its only wishful thinking, but Metra needs larger fuel tanks on the F40s.

  by MetraF40C607
Bad horns? The MP36s have bad horns. They are muted way to much not providing the treble sound I am used to hearing in the F40s. Besides, them MP36 horns can sound pretty funny if they have snow in them. I was in a shop getting my snow blower fixed in Itasca just next to Rhowling Rd. It was November 25th. An evening westbound went by with an MP36. That was the first time I had ever heard an MP36 with two bells clogged and one partially clogged.

  by metra 613
everthing is bad with a mp36
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