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    Chicago-Rockford Service On Hold

    You actually will be able to use the McHenry County Dial-A-Ride this year (first time since 1979) to get to IRM. Museum now accessible via public transit January 8, 2019 Starting in 2019, the Illinois Railway Museum will be accessible to public transit users through the McHenry County’s Dial-A-Ride program, MCRide. This service will offer transportation between the Metra stations in Woodstock and Crystal Lake and the museum in Union. MCRide added the museum as a destination option starting in 2019. Visitors interested in utilizing this service will need to arrange in advance for MCRide to pick them up at a specific time. Riders can go to the MCRide website or call 815-334-4960 to arrange for transportation between the Woodstock or Crystal Lake railway stations and the museum. The service is available Monday-Friday 6am-7pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm with no service on holidays. IRM is closed until April but, after that point, Metra and MCRide will provide visitors with a way of getting to the museum from Chicago and the suburbs without a car. More information can be found here. https://www.mchenrycountyil.gov/county-government/departments-j-z/transportation/transit-services/mcride-dial-a-ride
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    Chicago-Rockford Service On Hold

    Greyhound used to operate via Elgin and Rockford to Madison and the Twin Cities. Then they shut down the well patronized Elgin station. Do they even serve Rockford, anymore? Seems they have even, largely, given up on these intermediate stops, along some of the same proposed rail routing. (Elgin/Milw W, for instance, at the same depot as Greyhound was.)
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    The Amtraklor: an entertaining enterprise

    I think I'll let someone else try Amtrak. I might attend the selection show, though. It's a neat and creative idea.
  4. I came across this, today, from a local arts group. An interesting way of awarding a companion trip: https://norasharp.com/amtraklor
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    Government shutdown impacts

    I was riding the L yesterday (which was, maybe, supposed to be pay day) along with a lot of airport and TSA workers getting off their shifts. One could tell by their conversations that they're very frustrated and unhappy.
  6. A fascinating read about how this major intermodal establishment has affected the community in which it exists. https://newrepublic.com/article/152836/elwood-illinois-pop-2200-become-vital-hub-americas-consumer-economy-its-hell
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    Coach passengers allowed in Sleeper?

    Well, you know, she doesn't look all that great when the makeup comes off, either!
  8. They are expected to know where dozen of streets (roads) are, in order to respond to calls. What's a few more (even if they are rail roads?) Given, someone might not, immediately, remember where some odd half block street that only exists in one neighborhood comes in, exactly, instinctively. But, not knowing what the I.C. is (a road that seemingly everyone who has ever been to the Southeast Side knows) is akin to not knowing what the big interstate highway is that runs through an area. Spend enough time in an area, and it's easy to get to know things.
  9. It's a clear example of why caution should always be used when approaching any tracks. Look. Listen. Live.
  10. Yeah, but at least then it's the criminal that gets killed. :-p I'd still argue that a suspect who runs onto a railroad is stupid, not just for being on the tracks, but for essentially fencing oneself in. As for chases, not every chase is a good chase. CPD's Chief of Patrol said, in passing, "We'll learn from this." I hope they do. Then, the officers deaths will not have been in vain. The era of high tech in which we live, alone, provides a lot of opportunity with an advanced emergency management center. Perhaps, some sort of railroad personnel should be brought into that building for both planning and more effective communications/operations. Though, of course, simple knowledge goes far. As the fire department jokes, now they need a high end computer to do in dispatching what Ken Little had all in his head.
  11. Likewise, in the latter case. Quite literally, a whistle stop! Otoh, there are some great stories from the old North Shore Line, including that of a top executive whose watch was fast and ordered a train to leave early against the conductor's best judgement. (The motorman managed to slow run in order to get back on regular schedule and the executive called to compliment the conductor after having his watch checked.) Another favorite was how a motorman and conductor conspired to make an unscheduled stop at the military base late at night to allow a serviceman to get back where he had to be. They accomplished this by faking train problems, which the conductor decided to jump off and check on/fix at the base stop, announcing his intent loudly to the motorman so passengers would not question the stop. The serviceman was quickly and quietly allowed to jump off.
  12. I've been getting bonus points just fine.
  13. Given. But, then, ought not there be some general familiarity and training about these things, too? Admittedly, the morass of tracks and interchanges in and around Chicago can be confusing, even to a railfan. Still, how does someone who works regularly in an area not know that a certain set of tracks is the old I.C. mainline with six busy tracks or that Metra and South Shore runs frequent trains up there? Plus, with information readily available in digitized maps at fingertips of computer entry, ought not an emergency services dispather be able to pull up the appropriate information quickly, with basic street locations? Worst case scenario is that much of the trackage in the city has some sort of Metra service on it. Contacting their police department or dispather ought to assist in sorting such things out.
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    Well, at least it's the right color!