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#1 doodaa


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:42 AM

Hi all


Im planing a trip stateside from the UK starting the first week of September this year. One of the few Metra lines I have not travelled on is the McHenry Branch of the UP-NW.


I will be staying near O'Hare, with a Hire car. My plan is to take advantage of the jet lag on my first day and do the following:-


6:29am Des Plaines - McHenry 7.30am Train 603, which should turn into

7.39am McHenry - Ogilvie Transportation Center 8.52am Train 632


Anyone local have knowledge if this is fesaible. How reliable are these services this early in the morning



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 04:52 PM

I have never been on that train, however the very low frequency of that branch leads me to believe that the first train will become the second and you are therefore safe. To add on, it is unusual for Metra to be nine or more minutes late.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 05:34 PM

Based on the schedule, it looks like only two train sets overnight at McHenry, so the 7:30 arrival will turn to the 7:39 departure. Metra trains are usually quite punctual , so you should have no problem. 

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 01:08 PM

Thanks guys, sounds that will work out then, Now to fill the rest of the day... should not be to hard



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Posted Yesterday, 08:57 AM

Yes, and this is actually the only roundtrip which one is able to take on the line, as it is the sole train which turns and heads back to the city. The most challenging fan trip.

I've done it...sorta. I actually opted not to return via Metra, but to take an oddball Pace bus to Fox Lake and return on another Metra line. But I would not recommend such, as the bus stop is not easily identified nor the bus a typical Pace bus. So it might be missed.

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