CNW New Chicago Webcam

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  1. Doug Gosha

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    I was wondering because I also read, someplace, that Metra streamlined some of the F40s. Oh well, they're both 3,000 HP.

    It's still amazing the F40PHs are still in service after fifty years!

    Doug
     
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  2. Hardcoaler

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    Oh wow, I had no idea they were still in service. That IS amazing. Speaking of post E and F Chicagoland commuter power, I wonder what became of the F-40Cs as operated on MILW lines? I have some b&w shots of those.
     
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  3. BNSF FAN

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    The Metra F40's were great looking units. This shot is from May 2010
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    I don't have a shot of the Metra F59's but if they are former Amtrak then this one I shot in Fullerton CA in Jan. 2009 might very well be one of the ones that went to Metra
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    Metra also has another model of streamlined unit. I don't (but should) know the model designation but here is a shot of one. Another shot from May 2010
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  4. Doug Gosha

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    This is pretty much the current look for the regular F40PHs:

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    From other pictures I have seen, the streamlined F40s may have two-panel windshields and the F59s have three panel windshields. This isn't definitve, however, as there are quite a few of them.

    Doug
     
  5. Doug Gosha

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    The blue F40s with the orange around the top are the ones I remember seeing when I was in Itasca and nearby area in 2009.

    Doug
     
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  7. in2tech

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    Why are there so many locomotives on this train? Those small white & blue ones are locomotives, right? How many are there on this train?



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  8. mmi16

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    There are 3 Amtrak locomotives on the train - 2 on the front and 1 on the rear. The Blue & White equipment is an Acela trainset with a power cars on either end of the trainset.
     
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  9. in2tech

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    Are they helping it or something? The Amtrack locomotives?
     
  10. mmi16

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    I have no idea where this configuration of the train originated. I am going to GUESS at some point in the overall movement, the movement operated in a reverse direction for some miles - making it beneficial to have operable locomotives on both ends of the move, so there there wasn't the need for a long back-up move from the two lead locomotives.
     
  11. digimar52

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    I'd bet this was a transfer run of one of the first Acela trains to the Pueblo test center.

    Edit: the original poster on YT wrote: "We caught her again on her way to Colorado"
     
  12. BoxcabE50

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    Transporting a beached whale to a processing plant................... :rolleyes:
     
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  13. Doug Gosha

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    The Metra CNW heritage loco is an EMD F59PHI

    Also, Kato is releasing a Metra F40PH in the scheme as pictured in BNSF FAN's photo above, in February, 2024. "City of Palatine".

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  14. Doug Gosha

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    Inbound at about 8:00 AM this morning. Now over in the corner area, track 16:

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    And now, at 8:45, both the crane and the truck with it have left the area on approach track 6. I'm sure there is different terminology for those 6 tracks.

    Doug
     
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  15. Hardcoaler

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    From this afternoon, here's our C&NW friend once again, resting where Es and Fs once trod.

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  16. Doug Gosha

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    I saw that today, too, and I have seen other Metra locos there temporarily (this was the first time for the CNW unit) but they always move them out of that spot in time for the UP switcher to tie up there.

    I finally remembered to look kit up - the Milwaukee Road heritage unit is also an F59PHI.

    Doug
     
  17. Hardcoaler

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    In case anyone is interested, 1,500 SqFt condos at 330 North Clinton to the left in the image below sell for about a half million.

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  18. Doug Gosha

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    Wow! I figured they'd be expensive but not THAT expensive!

    I've been kind of watching those, just out of curiosity, to see any changes on the balconies/decks. One time, this last summer, it appeared the people living in the unit with the huge umbrella and lights around the front of the deck, were having a party on one hot evening.

    BTW, I saw this Amtrak loco today:

    Amtrak Loco 12-9-23.png

    One day, I also saw what appeared to be an SD70ACx whatever, led by the usual Charger (I still think of a Dodge when I write that) but I didn't get a shot of it.

    Doug
     
  19. Hardcoaler

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    A very early photo of Mayfair where the C&NW and MILW crossed in northeast Chicago, taken before the tracks were elevated. The photographer is standing on the tower steps looking toward Chicago on the C&NW.

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  20. Doug Gosha

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    Photos like that make me wish I could go back in time.

    Doug
     

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