Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh
Metra Train 188 (built December 1991). BNSF railway. March 2018. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/locoPicture.aspx?id=2101
The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1932 Model G Servi-Car Side-Valve V-Twin. The model ran for 41 years and offered high crown fenders and cargo hold that packed 500 pounds. June 2018.
Captain America. March 2018.
Metra 417, MPI MP36PH-3S, (built October 2003) , Chicago (West Loop), August 2017. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=10585
Chicago, November 2017.
Ride with Pride Motorcycle Run, sponsored by Pridefest and the Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 2018.
BSNF Railway Line, April 2020.
The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Fat Bob” fuel tank, 1954, called “Anniversary Yellow.” June 2018.
The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 2002 XL883C Sportster Custom OHV-V Twin. Loaded with factory-installed additions. June 2018.
Engine 5795 (built n/a), Union Pacific West Line, May 2018. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=40138
Metra Train 129 (built November 1979), Union Pacific West Line, May 2018. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=9548
Along BNSF Railway (retired trainman, Union Pacific Railroad), May 2020.
Amtrak 4612 “Midwest” (built n/a), Siemens SC-44, July 2020. http://rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=234122
The Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. FLH “Uptight” OHV V-Twin, dated 1958. Customization includes extensive metalwork accents, specialty lighting, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, debut of Duo-Glide front and back full suspension, handlebar riser mounted AM radio, and more. June 2018.
Engine 5071, GE C30-7, (built July 1980), BSNF Railway Line, April 2021. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=63833
Rails (BNSF), July 2020.
Chicago, September 2015.
Polaris’ Slingshot three-wheeler is part motorcycle, part sports car. It has side-by-side seating and a steering wheel. West Chicago, June 2021.
Morning commuter, June 2021.
Locomotive 194 was the first Metra locomotive after 2015 to be completely rebuilt and repainted just outside Patterson, Georgia at the Progress Rail plant. The first F40(PHM) rebuilt “like new” engines were returned to Metra service in September 2016.
The F40PHM locomotives were originally built for Metra by General Motors in 1991 at their Electro-Motive Division plant (now closed) in LaGrange, Illinois.
This locomotive features a short nose and sloped cab improving engineer safety in the event of a crash. These rebuilt locomotives are essentially a brand-new locomotive in their original 1991 frame.
The paint scheme for the F40 was developed by a Metra engineer for earlier rebuilds of Metra F59PH and MP36PH locomotives with slight variations.
These rebuilds offer internal systems that are an improvement over the original—this includes better emissions. Locomotive 194 and the 40 other F40PH-2 and F40PHM-2 locomotives that were under contract to be rebuilt for Metra in 2015 are expected to be in service until around 2030.
The total cost for these 41 rebuilt locomotives was $91 million—that is, about $2.2 million for each locomotive. That is contrasted to the cost of a brand new locomotive (about $7 million each). These F40 rebuilds, which serve mainly on the BSNF line, are familiarly called “Winnebagos” for their sleek style reminiscent of the recreational vehicles of that well-known manufacturer.
https://metrarail.com/about-metra/newsroom/the-signal/welcome-home-locomotive-194 – retrieved June 24, 2021.
bikers, May 2017.
Elevated train (Brown Line), Chicago, October 2017.
The Brown Line (also known as the Ravenswood Line) is part of the Chicago “El” or “L” rapid transit system. The Chicago public transportation train system offers a total of 8 color-named lines (Yellow, Red, Blue, Pink, Orange, Green, Purple, and Brown). All the lines begin in the downtown “Loop” and branch out from there in different directions throughout the city (except, of course, east into Lake Michigan).
The popular Brown Line travels over 11 miles from downtown Chicago to the north and west to the “Kimball” station in Chicago’s Albany Park. There are 27 stations on the Brown Line and the train runs entirely above ground. The Brown Line first opened in 1907.
https://www.transitchicago.com/visitors/ – retrieved June 30, 2021.
https://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/6/ctamap_Lsystem.png – retrieved June 30, 2021.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Line_(CTA) – retrieved June 30, 2021.
METX 183, EMD F40PH-2. The locomotive was originally built for Metra by General Motors in September 1989 at their Electro-Motive Division (EMD) plant (now closed) in LaGrange, Illinois. see – http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/Locopicture.aspx?id=2727 – retrieved July 1, 2021. BSNF Railway Line, July 2021.