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Archive | Trains

How Loss Of Ridership Due To Coronavirus COVID-19 May Affect Metra’s Bottom Line

64 On Monday morning, commuters who still have to get into Chicago for work will need to adjust to different schedules on Metra. CBS 2 Investigator Dorothy Tucker looks at how that may affect Metra’s finances. At least one train has seen a 95 percent drop in ridership. Metra could be losing $28 million per […]

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Military Vehicles on Freight Train Sighted During Day Thursday; Discovered Parked Near Northwest Highway and Waterman Ave, Arlington Heights Thursday Night

31,327 Outbound Metra passenger train passing parked freight train hauling Oshkosh Defense military vehicles near Chicago on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The timing brought suspicions to many people when they spotted a freight train hauling military vehicles passing through Hampshire and other suburbs in Illinois on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Some people immediately assumed the […]

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Take Extra Care at Downtown Railroad Crossings in Arlington Heights (Actually Any Crossings) in Case of Gate Malfunctions

2,765 Overnight Wednesday/Thursday at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020, an outbound Metra train was arriving at the Arlington Heights Metra train station. The train was westbound at Arlington Heights Road, but as the train crossed Arlington Heights Road, the gates at Dunton Avenue, which were down, went up with the train approaching Evergreen […]

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Amtrak Shuts Down Service in Chicago Due To Extreme Cold

46 Amtrak canceled all train service to and from Chicago for Wednesday and some for Thursday due to extreme cold, Amtrak said in a release. Amtrak Cancels Train Service in Chicago Hub All Wednesday; Some Train Service Also Affected Thursday Amtrak canceled all train service to and from Chicago for Wednesday January 30, 2019 and […]

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Metra Expanding Free Wi-Fi Service on Additional 50 Passenger Cars

33 Metra announced Wednesday it’s planning to add free cellular Wi-Fi hotspots to 50 more passenger cars. The 50 additional Wi-Fi-enabled passenger cars will be distributed throughout the Metra system and labeled with orange Wi-Fi decals on the exterior of the passenger cars. To access the free Wi-Fi service, customers can select “Metra Wi-Fi Onboard” […]

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VIDEO: Aftermath of Metra Train Crash with Car in Des Plaines on River Road

94 Cellphone video from commuter that was on the train platform near Metra 609 that struck a vehicle on southbound River Road. Des Plaines police and firefighter/paramedics responded to a report of a crash at the train crossing near Des Plaines River Road and Miner Street to find an overturned car fully-involved in flames. A […]

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Extra Alarm HazMat Response for Major Train Derailment Near Willow and Shermer

172 View of a pileup of railroad cars behind a strip mall on the southeast corner of Willow and Shermer Road. Two freight trains were involved in a major train derailment near Shermer and Willow Road just after 3:00 p.m. Sunday. The derailment involved up to 20 train cars and was also near Glenview to […]

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Metra Scheduled to Roll Out New Website with Credit Card Purchases

37 Metra commuter rail news promoted on Channel 7’s WLS-TV news ticker outside the studio. A new metrarail.com website arrives Wednesday, September 9, 2009 with several major enhancements. The features and enhancements include … Ticket-by-Internet Fare Calculator Interactive Maps Station-to-Station Schedules Service Updates With the My Metra account, you can … Manage your online Metra […]

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Burlington Route “Silver Pilot” All-Silver Locomotive at the Illinois Railway Museum


Burlington “Silver Pilot” diesel
locomotive passes a crossing at the Illinois Railway
Museum.

Impressive  Burlington Route “Silver Pilot”
locomotive is …

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Driving a Diesel Locomotive: Burlington & Quincy EMC E5 9911A


Driving a diesel locomotive at the Illinois Railway Museum.

Impressive “Silver Pilot” locomotive from inside the driver’s seat.

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Chicago and Northwestern 411 with Bilevel Cars at the Illinois Railway Museum


Excellent video of the yellow and dark green train cars and locomotive passing a crossing. Good speed and train horn …

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Chicago and North Western Yellow and Green Train at the Illinois Railway Museum


CNW train at the end of the day at the Illinois Railway Museum.

Video of train going “cars-first” past a …

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