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Metra #151 on the UP/Northwest Line along with some horn action!
A shot of Metra #167 traveling on the UP/Northwest Line, with some horn action!
A Outbound Metra train heads West to make a stop at Hinsdale Illinois, with the engineer just lighting up the P5 SOUNDING good for the maintenance equipment on the center track.
UP Geneva Subdivision Filmed 7/2/10 (c) Railroad Capitol Productions
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Metra 193 leads a outbound express through LaGrange with some horn action.
18th St is at the south end of Metra Electric's maintenance shops (the parked train is on a stub out of the shops), and south of where Illinois Central's Central Station used to be. Seen from the pedestrian overpass, a 4-unit, main-line University Park local train races and then overtakes a local, one-unit Blue Island Branch train. Next, from on the 18th St platform itself, a University Park express of Metra's newest cars (essentially electric versions of the newest Kinki-Sharyo cars for the diesel lines) speeds by with a short blast on the horn. Following not far behind is a rush-service NICTD South Shore Line interurban, the last of its kind in the country, with 6 cars bound for Michigan City, IN.
First, Amtrak P42 165 pulls into Naperville with the eastbound Southwest Chief, meeting Amtrak P42 158 on the westbound California Zephyr. A nice K5LA horn dual is the result! Then as the Zephyr and Chief both leave leave, BNSF 4642 flies past both trains, and all three of them have a TRIPLE horn dual! A NS C40-9 is third out on the freight. Then finally just a minute or two after the freight, Metra MP36 404 pushes an inbound into the station with more horn action. Two horn duals, a meet, a overtake and a Metra right behind it all, all giving tons of horn. Not bad for a station that's supposed to be a quiet zone!
Metra blasts its way through Wood Dale on its outbound express trip. Note: the music in this video was not created and is not owned by Flaming Chicken's Productions or any of its affiliates. All musical credit goes to Ozzy Osbourne for Crazy Train.
The timing is off so sorry, no horn duel this time. But the outbound has a Pullman! UP Geneva Subdivision Filmed 12/18/09
This was the first time I had ever seen one of these cars before so it was very cool! Also some Metra P3 train horn action. I was there with Larry84988, Check out his videos! Any Questions just ask!
Metra F40PHM-2 #213 pushes an inbound train to chicago and gives some pretty good horn action for the track crew that is working along side the tracks
Apart from the freight trains, there is always the passenger traffic which is what this line is known for. The late morning and mid afternoon see a great deal of Metra even though it isn't rush hour. Amtrak trains 3,4,5,and 6 also come during this time. Congress Park is a great place for viewing Metra because only a select few trains stop here, particularly during rush hour. Freight action can be seen in the previous video. 10:06AM- It looks like Amtrak 380, the Inbound Illinois Zephyr will be arriving early into Chicago Union Station. The horn may sound good, but this unit needs an overhaul. P42DC #47 10:13AM- Metra 1262 is 10 minutes late as it accelerates towards the Brookfield Stop. Cab Car #8589 F40PHM-2 #198 10:58AM- Metra 1229 speeds up after stopping at Brookfield, passes Congress Park, then slows for it's next stop at LaGrange. F40PHM-2 #189 11:14AM- Inbound 1264 is also a bit late as it heads for the windy city. Cab Car #8585 F40PHM-2 #191 12:59PM- The engineer of Metra 1231 shows off his Nathan P5 as he approaches. F40PHM-2 #198 3:30PM- Southwest Chief 3 left Chicago one minute late today. Number three completes the set of the four long distance trains today. P42DC #84 P42DC #64 2:00PM- Metra 1233 is one of the few outbound trains that actually stops at Congress Park. No one even got on or off! F40PHM-2 #193 Amtrak California Zephyr 5 is the first of four long-distance trains to come within that two hour period. Watch as they roll down-hill past the Brookfield ...
EJ&E crossing is one junction thats been near me most of my life, but I have never done any railfanning there. I was quite surprised with how well photography angles were over here. The surrounding fall foliage only made it better. This is where the CN/EJ&E Matteson/Eastern Subdivision and the Metra Rock Island district intersect. CN Joliet Yard is just to the North so all movements going East start here. There is a tower still standing in the Southeast quadrant, but it has been closed for years. This is now one of my favorite places along both sets of trackage. A future place to shoot IAIS in good light perhaps?? To give you an idea where we are, Chicago-bound Metra 516 left Joliet Union Station only 3 minutes ago. I was at the station when it pulled in as 511. The engineer in #8547 gives lots of horn action as he approaches the junction. Pushing is MP36PH-3 #409. 1:31PM- Metra has cleared EJ&E Crossing and now M302 has the green allowing them to advance out of Joliet Yard. The power might not be orange, but these GEs really did put on a show throttling up with the heavy train. IC C44-9W #2722 CN C40-8M #2437 1:46PM- The power has passed me and I go to another location to view M302- the Gougar Road Crossing in New Lenox, IL. It didn't take long for it to throttle up out of the valley and now it picks up more speed through suburbia. When this train reaches Matteson, the power will be wyed and the C40-8M will lead South on the CN/IC Chicago Subdivision. 1:52PM- I heard ...
Metra outbound towards Elgin approaches & pulls out of Franklin Park station
[Watch in High-Definition] Both me and Larry (larry84988) decided to hang out at Elmhurst for a bit along with two guys I came along with for the trip. This video includes several meets, a horn battle, and some great action. Enjoy! 9:35 AM - A long manifest creeps past beginning my day of railfanning at Elmhurst, IL. UP 3815 SD70M UP 3884 SD70M UP 4651 SD70M 9:45 AM - Another long manifest begins to slow down with a CSX unit trailing. UP 5146 SD70M CSXT 4827 SD70MAC 10:05 AM - A SD90/43AC leads the first stack train of the day into Proviso. UP 8222 SD90/43AC UP 4624 SD70M 10:20 AM - A Gevo leads this quick moving intermodal past the Elmhurst station platform. UP 7755 C45ACCTE UP 4253 SD70M 10:40 AM - The first outbound manifest from the yard passes a light engine while putting on a little show. Also note the geep trailing UP 4477 SD70M UP 3997 SD70M UP 317 GP38-2 11:00 AM - Two UP Gevos, one leading and one on the rear, take the first stack train of the day out of Proviso. UP 5318 C45ACCTE UP 7366 C45ACCTE (DPU) 12:20 PM - I decided to move to the other end of the platform to get this new shot. UP 4115 SD70M UP 4958 SD70M 12:25 PM - A single unit wonder leads a stack train around the curve and past the platform. UP 8340 SD70ACe 1:18 PM - First Metra of the day arrives and departs. METX 152 F40PH-2 1:20 PM - The inbound Metra meets a double-headed outbound Metra putting on quite a horn show! METX 149 F40PH-2 METX 173 F40PH-2 After a long break period to visit the Elmhurst ...
[Watch in High-Definition] Both me and Larry (larry84988) decided to hang out at Elmhurst for a bit along with two guys I came along with for the trip. This video includes several meets, a horn battle, and some great action. Enjoy! 9:35 AM - A long manifest creeps past beginning my day of railfanning at Elmhurst, IL. UP 3815 SD70M UP 3884 SD70M UP 4651 SD70M 9:45 AM - Another long manifest begins to slow down with a CSX unit trailing. UP 5146 SD70M CSXT 4827 SD70MAC 10:05 AM - A SD90/43AC ...
[Watch in High-Definition] This is the second day of my 4 day Chicago trip and my 1st actual full day of railfanning. This part features quite a few great meets, a race, and lots and lots of action. 1:45 PM - A WB Z-train flies past the platform beginning part 2 of my Downers Grove railfanning. BNSF 4132 C44-9W BNSF 4721 C44-9W BNSF 4741 C44-9W BNSF 4337 C44-9W 2:05 PM - Some nice CSX power leads a WB manifest along with a friendly crew. CSXT 166 AC44CW CSXT 8511 SD50-2 2:30 PM - Inbound Amtrak lead by two P42DCs elephant style AMTK 91 P42DC AMTK 20 P42DC 2:45 PM - WB Z-train lead by four boring Dash 9s. BNSF 4521 C44-9W BNSF 4518 C44-9W BNSF 4025 C44-9W BNSF 5014 C44-9W 3:15 PM - EB loaded coal train slowly passes BNSF 5707 AC44CW BNSF 6009 ES44AC 3:18 PM - EB rock train dumps ballast as they pass the platform while racing beside the loaded coal train. BNSF 4968 C44-9W BNSF 5880 ES44AC 3:20 PM - A outbound Metra commuter pulls into the station after meeting both the coal train and rock train. METX 405 MP36PH-3S 3:22 PM - Yet another meet with the Amtrak California Zephyr and a departing Metra. This makes for one great shot and a railfan's dream 4 way meet! This is what the racetrack is all about! You also see a hy-rail truck pass by. AMTK 204 P42DC AMTK 53 P42DC 3:35 PM - The outbound Amtrak Southwest Chief highballs past the station at track speed putting on one heck of a wind storm! AMTK 40 P42DC AMTK 16 P42DC 3:45 PM - This was a excellent catch as well. ES44C4 ...
Metra MP36PH-3S #421 pushes an inbound train to Chicago at Bensenville
1st Train-BNSF Coal Drag with an ACe on the point. 2nd Train-Inbound Metra meets an Outbound (serious horn action) 3rd Train-UP Manifest (eb) 4th Train-Outbound Metra 5th Train-CP Hopper Manifest at River Grove 6th Train-Outbound Metra 7th Train-UP Grain Train Manifest 8th Train-Outbound Metra 9th Train-V Train with a CN ES44DC! 10th Train-Massive horn action for a last ... Railfanning Union Pacific Geneva Subdivision 8-22-09 Elmhurst Franklin Park River Grove Manifest Chicagoland Metra Canadian ...
*PLEASE RATE AND COMMENT!* Various railfanning action on August 20th, 2009! Train 1: I woke up to the UP Dispatcher 31 having a discussion with the North Local. The Local was told that he would have to wait for Amtrak 22 to clear Joliet. I got a few things together and I was headed south. I reached Godley and heard 22 hitting the detector in Gardner doing 77 MPH. *To myself* "Dang, I missed it. Oh well." I then reached a random crossing and saw the headlight approaching. Yay! Amtrak P42DC 26 ...
A few shots taken before, during, and after the Metra Evening Rush on BNSF's Chicago Subdivision. 4:34PM- Just before the rush, this empty coal train races to the BRC. BNSF ES44AC #5814 BNSF ES44AC #5752 4:35PM- The lead unit of Southwest Chief 4 blasts it's horn through LaVernge as it races to Chicago, over two hours late. P42DC #186 P42DC #188 4:47PM- This baretable train led by a solo Dash-9 barely escapes being screwed by the Metra Rush and retreats into Clyde Yard. BNSF C44-9W #4051 6 ...
Attempting to get the engineers attention, Colin and Andrew do the Macerena, which gives us a little horn action. :)
Enjoy the various horn action we got while in Wheaton, thanks to all the engineers running the line, you made our day awesome!!! :)
This video starts off with my trip to the Windy City. I took the Metra from Joliet to La Salle Street. I ventured off to the Nature Museum, ate lunch in the city and pretty much explored. Rain was a factor for most of the day, but it didn't stop me from catching a few trains. Train 1: CTA train at the intersection of Congress and Wabash. Get some CUBS logos on the side and then we'd be rolling! 10:19 AM on 08/07/09. Train 2: CTA train at the intersection of Clark and Congress. Those Sox ...
3:13PM- A CSX container intermodal works it's way over to the IHB. CSXT ES44DC #5462 CSXT ES44DC #5459 CSXT ES44DC #5480 3:45PM- Ever wonder what Blue Island would be like if there was a horn ban? Well now you know. UP AC4400CW #7191 UP AC4400CW #6394 (Ex. SP) 4:50PM- An Ex. Conrail unit races a BNSF GEVO to the camera. NS C40-8W #8320 (Ex. CR) NS C40-9W #9430 5:15PM- IHB #1508 returns to Riverdale with a cut of tank cars from nearby industries. 5:26PM- This Z-train aways seems to show up at ...
Set To HD Ok im not going to right out the trains cause it will just take to damn long =]
Metra 405 leads its Express train outbound and gives us some horn action as it flies by.
Thanks to my friends who started jumping around like idiots, we got tons of horn action from this inbound metra
This video is the second part of the entire Metra rush hour from 3:30-6:30 PM in Downers Grove IL. on 7/23/09. Metra 405(MP36PH-3S) leading the express Outbound. Metra ???(F40PHM-2) with Metra ???(MP36PH-3S) leading the express Outbound. Metra ???(F40PHM-2) leading the express Outbound. Metra 198(F40PHM-2) leading the 6:45 Inbound.
This Video is the first part of the entire Metra rush hour from 3:30-6:30 PM in Downers Grove IL. on 7/23/09. Metra 198(F40PHM-2) leading the 3:23 Outbound. Metra 189(F40PHM-2) leading the 3:41 Outbound. Metra 188(F40PHM-2) leading the 4:16 Outbound. Metra 214(F40PHM-2) leading the 4:15 Inbound. Metra 198(F40PHM-2) leading the 4:26 Inbound. Metra ???(F40PHM-2) leading the 4:48 Inbound. Metra 192(F40PHM-2) leading the 4:53 Outbound. Metra 192(F40PHM-2) leading the express Inbound. Metra 197 ...
Metra F40PH-2 #183 leads outbound train #1291 and gets passed up by a Norfolk Southern Manifest led by NS 2638 (SD70M) and NS 9503 (C40-9W) with some horn action
So I was invited by Larry to come railfan at night with him. This is the first time I have stayed up all night to railfan. The first trains I get when I arrive is these two. Train 1: Metra 183 Leads Outbound Train #1291 West. Train 2: NS 2638 & 9503 Leads Manifest West. Filmed 7/17/09 BNSF Chicago Subdivision
WATCH IN HIGH QUALITY) Well Another Railfanning Day I Think Ollie Does Not Run Anymore!
Set To HD This was a real treat, we never expected to get this amazing horn show. 1) Metra 8400 Cab Car # 8404
WATCH IN HIGH QUALITY) A Little Horn Action
This Metra express had an engineer who was more than happy to give us some horn action, though not too much. What a feeling as the train speeds past during filming! Wow!
Plenty of IHB action was seen this evening. As well as a few oddities. 4:37PM- IHB SD38-2 #3862 heads North with a transfer. 4:51PM- Even though the power on this CN Land Barge Manifest is common, trains are becoming ever rarer on the Ex. GTW Elsden Subdivision. The EJ&E buyout nearly killed this line. CN C44-9W #2718 CN SD75I #5607 4:55PM- A CSX Z-Train arrives from the North on the IHB. All GE widecab power, but no YN3 paint anywhere. CSXT C44-9W #9045 CSXT AC4400CW #27 CSXT AC4400CW #238 5 ...
Metra 423 (MP36PH-3S) arrives at Itasca with an awesome sounding K5LA
the second train had an awesome P5!!!!
More morning footage from Blue Island, IL. 7:27AM- The day starts off with a Union Pacific vehicle train heading North on the IHB Mainline. UP SD70M #4634 UP SD70M #4781 8:44AM- Spartan Cab GE leads a doublestack East on the CSX Barr Subdivision. CSXT C40-8 #7645 CSXT C40-8W #7376 8:59AM- A CN manifest interchanges over from the IHB to the now lightly used CN Elsden Subdivision. CN SD75I #5633 CN C44-9W #2610 CN ES44DC #2276 9:25AM- The awaited IHB switching job finally shows up with that ...
Metra rebels agenst QZ in Naperville. It was just one of those busy days on the weekend when stupid people stand way to close to the tracks! God Bless the Engineer for some Quiet Zone Horn action! LOL! Any questions?
Filmed-5/16/09-I was on the BNSF Chicago SUB filming out the front window, and since it was Saturday the crew still works on the tracks just to tighten things up a little. Anyway...the train just left the Berwyn Station, and gives the crew some horn....3 Time Action!!!!
Meanwhile at Turner Junction-a Metra sneaks by at the crossing without even giving the slightest sign that it was there. and at the same time, a UP Mixed freight approaches with some horn action!
BNSF Chicago Subdivision Filmed 4/24/09
An Amtrak Illinois Zephyr Comes by with horn action too. Chicago Subdivision Filmed 4/24/09
Metx 611 and 126 almost side by side depart Chicago Union Station, with some comedy relief and a little horn action...