Likely a pipe dream, but LaPorte would probably be a spur route, similar to the West Lake Line. LaPorte is a little off the beaten path in relation to the existing South Shore Line.
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west point wrote: ↑Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:34 pm I would say go and electrify the additional tracks. It will never happen but the electrification needs the following part of installations.Which additional tracks? The West Lake project is already planned to be electrified and will be using the 1982/1992 single level electric rolling stock. Those cars will go through a second rebuild cycle and they will be as good as new when the service starts. New bi-level/gallery cars will be run on the South Shore main line.
west point wrote: ↑Sat Jul 25, 2020 4:34 pm *SNIP*Minor correction here, the traction motors may already be AC fed from DC. HEP for lights and everything else would likewise already have an inverter for DC to AC. Whether there is an intermediate DC link that the 1500v catenary power is changed to, I don't know.
7. The next order for additional cars (should be for both NICTD and the IC . Cars will have in electrical cabinet switching gear. The DC will go to an inverter for it to provide proper AC for its tractiont motors, signal gear, HVAC, lighting,etc. . If NICTD ever goes to AC CAT or just maybe part AC CAT it can install a transformer rectifer for power to the inverter.