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Metra 305 GM EMD F7A diesel-electric locomotive

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METX 305: Retired from service; preserved and operated at the Illinois Railway Museum.

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Metra 305 GM EMD F7A diesel-electric locomotive on the Illinois Railway Museum mainline with the original bilevel coach Chicago & North Western 1.

(METX 305, METX, GM EMD F7, Metra locomotives, Locomotives, Ex CNW, photographed on 26 July 1999 at Illinois Railway Museum (East Union)).     Image size is available.

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Metra 305 GM EMD F7A diesel-electric locomotive on the Illinois Railway Museum mainline with three of the original Chicago & North Western bilevel cars, Chicago & North Western 1 Bilevel commuter coach, Chicago & North Western 6 Bilevel commuter coach, and Chicago & North Western 151 Bilevel commuter coach-cab.

(METX 305, CNW 1, CNW 6, CNW 151, METX, GM EMD F7, Metra locomotives, Locomotives, Ex CNW, CNW, METX coach cars, Passenger cars, METX cab cars, Built by PS, photographed on 26 July 1999 at Illinois Railway Museum (East Union)).     Image size is available.

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Metra 305 GM EMD F7A diesel-electric locomotive on the Illinois Railway Museum mainline.

(METX 305, METX, GM EMD F7, Metra locomotives, Locomotives, Ex CNW, photographed on 26 July 1999 at Illinois Railway Museum (East Union)).     Image size is available.

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Metra 305 GM EMD F7A diesel-electric locomotive on the Illinois Railway Museum mainline.

(METX 305, METX, GM EMD F7, Metra locomotives, Locomotives, Ex CNW, photographed on 26 July 1999 at Illinois Railway Museum (East Union)).     Image size is available.

Synopsis: Built in November 1949, GM EMD F7A, EMD order number E1188A, builder's number 8569, as C&NW 4082C for freight service. In 1959 regeared from 62:15 (65 mph) to 57:20 (95 mph) and a 480 VAC Cummins Head-End-Power diesel generator set added, and assigned to Chicago suburban commuter service. Renumbered to C&NW 411 in December 1971. Sold to RTA (later Metra) on 31 December 1947 and leased back (the next day) to C&NW for commuter operation. Retired by RTA on 11 September 1983, but retained on the roster until donated to the Illinois Railway Museum in 1999. --had

C&NW 411:2: (second unit numbered 411) First Number: 4082C, Builder's Date: Nov 1949, Builder's Number: 8569, EMD Order Number: E1188A, C&NW Date Retired 31 Dec 1977, RTA Date Retired: 11 Sep 1983. C&NW 406-411 renumbered from C&NW 4000 series in 1971. C&NW 406-411 sold to RTA (now Metra) on 31 December 1947, leased back to C&NW on 1 January 1978. Assigned RTA road numbers 300-305; only C&NW 411/RTA 305 was actually renumbered. EMD F7A, 6 units (406-411), B-B, 16-567B engine, 57:20 gear ratio, 1,500 horsepower, 237,000 pounds operating weight. [courtesy of Diesels of the Chicago & North Western, Paul K Withers, roster by Don Strack, Withers Publishing, ISBN 1-881411-07-0, 1995.]

C&NW 4082C: Builder's Date: Nov 1949, Builder's Number: 8569, Date To Suburban Service: 1959. Regeared from the original 62:15 (65 mph) gear ratio to 57:20 (95 mph) gear ratio, and equipped with Cummins diesel generator set for 440 VAC auxiliary power for Chicago suburban service in 1959. Renumbered to C&NW 411:2 (second unit numbered 411) December 1971. EMD F7A, 32 units (4072A-4087C), B-B, 16-567B engine, 62:15 gear ratio, 1,500 horsepower, 237,000 pounds operating weight. [courtesy of Diesels of the Chicago & North Western, Paul K Withers, roster by Don Strack, Withers Publishing, ISBN 1-881411-07-0, 1995.]

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