Posted 30 June 2017 - 09:51 AM
Not long ago, I finally rode in one of those rehabilitated Metra railcars with the newer non-flip seats. They were alright, but I have to say I narrowly prefer the traditional seats. They may not have cupholders, but they feel a little more comfortable to me. Not the end of the world, though.
Some of Metra's railcars are from the Burlington Northern era from the 1950s (I think? at least I've heard they're over 50 years old) that run on the BNSF (Aurora) and Southwest Service(Orland Park/Manhattan) routes, so I'm not surprised they'll finally retire those railcars. Their exterior is cool to photograph, so in that sense I'll miss them once they're retired in the next 1-2 years.
I believe Metra cars can generally be identified by appearance. The oldest are those with the smooth sides and blue and red stripes. The next era of cars are those that have rough sides and are without stripes, but have small windows. The newest cars are also smooth with no stripes, but have larger windows. I believe the newer cars are the only type currently used as cab cars.
Edited by brianpmcdonnell17, 30 June 2017 - 09:51 AM.
Routes Travelled: CL WAS-CHI, Card. CHI-WAS, Caro. CLT-RGH, CS SJC-LAX, Cre. BAL-ATL, EB MSP-CHI, ES NYG/NYP-NFL, LSL BOS-ALB, ML ALB-NYP, NER FBG-RVR+WAS-BOS, PS LAX-ANA, Pen. NYP-PGH, Pie. RGH-DNC, SM ORL-NYP, SS FTL-WAS
New Routes: LSL NYP-CHI, CZ CHI-RIC, CS SJC-SEA, EB SEA-MSP