19 February 2000
Metra equipment at the Chicago Passenger Terminal and Chicago Union Station on the morning after a snowfall. Metra and some freight equipment at the LaGrange Road, LaGrange Stone Avenue, Brookfield, and Aurora stations on the BNSF mainline.
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|Metra 612 GM EMD F40C diesel-electric locomotive "State of Illinois" in Chicago Union Station.|
METX 612, METX, GM EMD F40C, Metra locomotives, Locomotives, photographed on 19 February 2000 at Chicago Union Station by Harold A. Driscoll using a Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 digital camera (with tripod) [railfan/2000/02/00219031.jpg] NEW 22 February 2000
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Metra has announced plans to replace and retire this locomotive. "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
Metra numbers 600-612 were built by General Motors Electromotive Division for EMD order number 73612 in 1974, EMD model F40C. 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]
METX 612, model F40C, built April 1974, builder number 73612-2, named "State of Illinois," assigned to Metra/Milwuakee District. [courtesy of Metra Locomotive Information, by Mike Azen, February 2000]
METX 612 is a 3,200 horsepower model F40C, built in 1974 by General Motors Electro Motive Division. [courtesy of The Official Locomotive Rosters & News, James W. Kerr, 2000 edition, ISBN 0-919295-32-0, August 1999]
Equipment characteristics of METX 612: AAR car type D225 (locomotive), plate type E, external dimensions (length 68' 10", width 10' 8", height 15' 8"). [courtesy of BNSF Equiptment Characteristics, October 1999]
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