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Into the storm by classictrains Into the storm by classictrains
Today it rained, it sleeted, it snowed, the wind blew, traffic slowed to a crawl and Metra ran on time. Why do people drive to the city?
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TarryAGoat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008   Photographer
11 cars! Wow. I remember thinking a 5-car train was a good deal, because we'd be able to find a decent seat then back on CalTrain.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn, you have so many great and atmospheric shots, but I always just skimmed through your gallery instead of taking some time to actually look at them... At least this pic proves that trains are not dead on the other side of the lake, and that they have their advantages when compared to cars. Of course, they have to be reliable, which I only experienced in Japan. Here in Germany, I also travel 50km to the university and back (and also in double deckers ^^), but German trains have a reputation for not being on time...
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Thanks. Metra runs remarkably close to on-time. And remember that they actual run on rails owned by freight railroads which makes it even more surprising. And they are often full.
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The-Stealth-Ninja Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, 11 cars? The commuters never get past 6, and even that isn't too often.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
And they are packed!
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Really, Come on People, stop Polluting, and start Pullman-ing! :D

Well, If they still use Pullmans Anyway... ;) :typerhappy:
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
That train was PACKED!
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Sampug394 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd Bet, it probably would be Comfortable with the Great Heaters... :D
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Student Photographer
What I always find interesting are the american signals, lit up in all possible colors like a christmas tree.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
exactly my thought too.... from here looking East you can actually see 4 or 5 signal bridges lit up like this... I plan on going back on a clear summer evening with the longest lens I can find!
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot Chris. Everytime we ever passed through Chicago I was always fascinated with the commuter trains. I can still remember seeing Rock Island and Milwaukee Road commuter trains the first time we passed through in 1977.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
and you know they seem so boring to me... eveywhere I go to shoot freight power i end up finding it in the hole waiting for some dinky to flaunt it's right of way.
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL. I think my fascination comes from having grown up in an area that did not have commuter trains.
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grandmajudie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
Silly people. I guess that's why we hardly ever owned a car in Chicago and why even when we did my dad rode the commuter to work every day. Ofcourse that was a long time ago, but it was still easier to ride the train then. For us it was cheaper, too, because our passage was free. Even then it beat gas prices. Haha.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
I loved it when I commuted to school... I could get most of my homework and studying done on the train in and out
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grandmajudie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Oh, I never thought of anyone commuting to school by train. I guess in the big cities that does happen, though.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
yep.. a lot!
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I find it amazing how METRA can run such long trains with one locomotive and NJ Transit has to put two electrics on one train of 10 of the new multi-level coaches.

Nice photo though. NJ has had a serious lack of snow this year.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
grades maybe? and not always... see [link]
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sullivan1985 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I know it has a lot to do with the HEP draw. The new multi level cars we got are apparently very power hungry and draw way more juice then anything else in the fleet. Oh well. They ride nice, so I guess thats a plus.
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