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Most lines to operate with modified Sunday schedules through June 7
First Published - 05/31/2020 - 9:22PM

Through Sunday, June 7, Metra will be operating a modified Sunday schedule with the last late night inbound train and last late night outbound train cancelled. There will be no service on the SouthWest Service, Heritage Corridor or North Central Service lines. Riders are advised that more trains could be cancelled during the day depending on circumstances; we will be closely monitoring events and our priority will be the safety of our passengers, employees and our system. Please pay attention to this website for the latest updates.

Sunday schedules can be viewed on these timetables: Metra Electric   Rock Island    BNSF     UP West   Milwaukee District West    Milwaukee District North    UP North     UP Northwest (the last train on the UP Northwest Line will leave downtown at 10:30 p.m. instead of 11:30 p.m.)

We hope to be able to expand service to our alternate schedules posted here next week if possible.

Last Updated - 06/03/2020 - 4:21PM

40th Anniversary Locomotive Wrap

(September 15, 2017) - 

A surprise from 1977 has hit the rails.

Metra on Thursday unveiled a special locomotive wrap on one of its F40PH locomotives to commemorate 40 years of continuous passenger service for the locomotive model that is the backbone of Metra’s passenger fleet. The wrap covers Locomotive No. 100, which was purchased by the RTA in 1977 and still operates on Metra routes today. The wrap, paid through the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society, was funded through private donors and a contribution by Progress Rail Corp.

Read more about the special celebration here.

We went behind the scenes to document the locomotive’s transformation to its retro glory. Crews spent several hours applying the blue, orange and brown wrap at Metra’s 49th Street shop. Arriving in sections, the vinyl wrap must be carefully placed and shaped to fit the locomotive. Check out the video and photos below to get an inside look at the process. 

Vinyl rolls are organized and placed on their respective sides of the locomotive.

Crews review the graphic design.

Each vinyl is carefully measured for perfect placement.

Vinyl panels are lined up with each other.

Rubber squeegees smooth out any wrinkles in the vinyl.

A blow torch slightly melts the vinyl, allowing crews to create a perfect seal around all edges.

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