I might be in a position to finally take a NICTD ride out to South Bend and I was wondering if there is a reliable way to catch a Gallery car equipped train so I can video out the front window. Thanks.
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Tadman wrote:Mike, it used to be that they had fixed assignments but I'm not aware that happens anymore. The only constant I'm aware of is no trains to South Bend use 300's. This is because they only have single pans and the east end is still on 1927 catenary, which is far more frail than the rest of the railroad's modern catenary.I'm not a stranger to Chicago, I've just never been able to fit the NICTD into my schedule. Curtailing my trip at Michigan City might work, but I think I'll only have time for a trip to Dolton Junction, which I learned is METRA accessible.
Filming out the front is fun, here's one of mine right after the new bridge went up at Hegewisch.
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If you're out in the area, take time to fan a number of spots. I love the platform at Hegewisch due to the adjacent NS autorack yard. The north approach to CUS is also fun, as is anything along Roosevelt road with a mile of the river. Also given your signal/infrastructure penchant, you may want to hang out a bit at the parking garage at Wells/Lake, which looks down on Tower 18. 18 is one of the busiest junctions in railroading. Of course the downside is the fact that you'll be watching an endless parade of stainless 48' L cars with almost no variety... Good luck!
ExCon90 wrote:Nice video. It's hard to identify the color of the bottom unit on the approach to the bridge before it changes to red. Is it lunar white? And do you know its significance? Usually a high green won't have anything under it but red.The bottom signal is Red. It appears to be white for a moment, but there is only one color per element. NICTD does not use Lunar White (although Metra does - the signals entering Kensington Interlocking have lunar elements). Where Metra would use Lunar White for "Restricting", NICTD uses a flashing Red element.