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Metra 8408

Bilevel commuter cab-coach car (stainless steel)

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Metra 8408 Bilevel commuter cab-coach car (stainless steel) departing from the Chicago Passenger Terminal train shed.

(METX 8408, METX, METX cab cars, Passenger cars, photographed on 1 September 1999 at Chicago Passenger Terminal train shed).     Image size is available.

Metra 8408: Bilevel car (stainless steel}, Numbers: 8400-8413, Type: Coach/Cab, Builder: M-K [Morrison-Knudsen], Built: 1994-95, Notes: wheelchair lifts. Cars 7400-7497 and 8400-8478 were built at the old Pullman plant on Chicago's south side, enabling local employment for their construction. Morrison-Knudsen originally managed the project, but financial problems resulted in Amerail taking over the project. Cars first entered service on the Rock Island District. These cars have wheelchair lifts, and all Metra diesel trains now have at least one such car insuring accessibility to those with disabilities. It was originally decided to make one accessible car on a train the cab control car, in order to insure that the accessible car is at a predictable place on the train. This is now the practice on the Union Pacific lines, Heritage Corridor, and North Central Service. But on the other Metra lines, the accessible car is placed at a different predictable location on the train. [Courtesy of Metra Railfan Page]

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