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News photos: Private car special on Metra (updated)

By | September 3, 2022

Train runs on commuter operator’s Milwaukee West, Milwaukee North lines

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Passenger car with observation platform meets commuter train at station
Passenger car with observation platform meets commuter train at station
A passenger waves from the rear platform of the AARPCO special train as it passes through Bartlett, Ill., on its way to Elgin on Saturday, Sept. 3. The train on the adjacent track is powered by one of Metra’s three F59PH locomotives built for Toronto’s GO Transit. (Bruce Leighty)

CHICAGO — Metra operated a passenger special Saturday, Sept. 3, for members of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners from Chicago Union Station and return, operating on Metra’s Milwaukee West and Milwaukee North lines. The train’s route took it to Elgin, Ill., on Metra’s Milwaukee West line. The special then retraced most of its route before heading north on the Milwaukee North line to Fox Lake, Ill., after which it returned to Union Station. From there, it made a round trip to Joliet, Ill., making the outbound run on the Heritage Corridor through Lockport, Ill., and returning on the Rock Island District.

Providing power were Metra’s Chicago & North Western heritage unit, ex-Amtrak F59PHI No. 90, and the commuter operator’s Chicago tribute locomotive, F40PH-3 No. 104. The C&NW unit led the outbound trip; the Chicago unit was on the point for the return.

AAPRCO is holding its annual convention in Chicago through Sept. 6.

— Updated at 8:40 p.m. Sept. 4 to add information and photos from Joliet portion of excursion.

White and gray locomotive leads yellow and green locomotive and string of mismatched passenger cars
Metra’s Chicago tribute locomotive leads the private-car special through Bartlett, Ill., on its return from Elgin. (Bruce Leighty)
Yellow and green locomotive leads passenger cars through commuter station
Metra’s C&NW heritage unit leads the AAPRCO special through Lockport, Ill., on Sept. 3, 2022. (Bruce Stahl)

3 thoughts on “News photos: Private car special on Metra (updated)

  1. The train must have got across Western Avenue before the plant failed for 3hrs and delayed the Scoots on the UP side

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