doepack wrote:According to the details of this weekend's "bustitution" plan, MED train 148 will drop off two cars at 111th, then continue north. Those cars will then be picked up by its follower, 150; after the south half of 150's schedule terminates at Kensington, and crew + passengers are bused to 111th. The equipment terminating at Kensington will eventually return south when it resumes 153's schedule. Meanwhile, NICTD train 510 will drop cars at Kensington on its way downtown, which will be used to continue 601's schedule east. While it appears that NICTD equipment will be stored at 111th overnight (the set used on the Randolph-111th portion of 601), I've heard that Metra plans to have a crew deadhead on 153 out of Randolph, then bring the train back downtown after it terminates at 111th, but I'm still wondering about what NICTD's plans are for 600's equipment after it terminates at Kensington. Will it be held there, then added to 503 when it arrives at Kensington heading east, or will an extra crew take it back to Indiana after the passengers and 600's crew are dropped off?
I would be surprised to see NICTD leave equipment at 111th St overnight. Millennium Station is a more secure environment for NICTD to tie up equipment.
I'd expect 600's equipment to run as an extra to Millennium Park after the line is reopened.
Metra 802 is bussed northbound at 6:22am.
NICTD 600 arrives at Kensington at 6:33am.
Metra 803 is bussed southbound at 7:01am.
Metra 822 leaves Kensington at 8:22am (the first scheduled train not affected).
NICTD 502 is at Kensington at 8:48am with NICTD 503 at Kensington at 9:07am. 600's equipment would just be in the way at Kensington.
My bet would be that 600's "first leg" equipment will sit at Kensington until the track is reopened (8am?) just in time for 822 to be the first revenue train behind it. The other option would be an extra run back to Michigan City. Which compared to paying a crew to hold at Kensington's platform for 90 minutes might be the better option.