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Metra 614 GM EMD F40C diesel-electric locomotive   "Edward F. Brabec"

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Metra has announced plans to replace and retire locomotives. "New locomotives on the horizin One other year 2000 budget item that we can share with you now is Metra's first order for new locomotives in a decade. It will compreise 26 units. Fifteen will replace the fleet that operates on the Milwaukee District West and North lines. Now more than 23 years old, these are pre-Metra and pre-Regional Transportation Authority units originally acquired by the Milwaukee Road. Twice rebuilt and still providing dependable service, these locomotives become more costly to maintain year after year. Another rebuild is out of the question. The other nine new locomotives will be used to provide new service and to increase the spare ratio needed to protect service at all times. Our last new locomotives arrived in 1992. The average age of our 130-unit fleet is over 16 years." -- On the (Bi)Level, Metra, October 1999

The Metra rail system is formally known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation. They have maps, schedules, fares, online ticket ordering, and some photos on their World Wide Web site at http://www.metrarail.com. Well worth a visit.

Metra numbers 100-127 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 766062 in 1977, EMD model F40PH. Metra assigned them to the Rock Island, Milwaukee, and miscelaneous} lines. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Metra numbers 128-149 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 786293 in 1979-80, EMD model F40PH-2. Metra assigned them to the Union Pacific lines. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Metra numbers 150-173 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 826017 in 1983, EMD model F40PH-2. Metra assigned them to the Union Pacific lines. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Metra numbers 174-180 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 876017 in 1988-89, EMD model F40PH-2. Metra assigned them to the Union Pacific lines. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Metra numbers 181-184 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 886028 in 1989, EMD model F40PH-2. Metra assigned them to the Burlington Northern lines. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Metra numbers 185-214 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 896065 in 1991-92, EMD model F40PHM-2. Metra assigned them to the Burlington Northern, Rock Island, and miscelaneous} lines. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Metra numbers 600-614 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division in 1974, EMD model F40C. Metra numbers 600-612 were built for EMD order number 73612 and Metra numbers 613-614 were built by EMD order number 73689. Metra assigned them to the Milwaukee lines. F40C's 600-614 were originally purchased for the Northwest Suburban Mass Transit District (NWSMTD) and the North Suburban Mass Transit District (Nortran), and were originally numbered 40-54 for the Milwaukee Road. Those transit districts had been formed along the two former Milwaukee Road lines. NWSMTD still owns 600-612, while Nortran has since been dissolved. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

Bill Vandervoort maintains an extensive collection of Metra Railfan Pages at http://hometown.aol.com/metrafan/mainmet.html. Detailed track maps, historical information, rosters, and photographs are included. Lisa M. Schlottman maintains Lisa's Metra Pictures Web site with a delightful collection photographs and sharing of personal experiences at http://fly.to/metra/. Both sites are well worth a visit or three.

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