Numbers Type Builder Built Notes 1201-1226 MU Coach Nippon-Sharyo 2005 1227-1386 MU Coach Nippon-Sharyo 2012-14 1501-1630 MU Coach St. Louis 1971-72 1631-1666 MU Coach Bombardier 1978-79Cars 1501-1666 were retired in 2016, and were owned by Chicago South Suburban Mass Transit District (CSSMTD). After St. Louis Car ceased to exist, the same designs were used for construction of additional cars by Bombardier.
Car 1509 was destroyed in the accident at 27th Street in 1972.
Most of the cars 1501-1666 were extensively rebuilt in the 1990's by Amerail (formerly Morrison Knudsen). Cars were modified to accommodate wheelchairs. With high level platforms, modifying the MU cars to accommodate wheelchairs was easier than on the diesel lines, where completely new cars were necessary with lifts for the low level platforms on those lines.
Cars have cab at one end, odd numbered cars face south and even numbered cars face north. Cars normally operate in back to back pairs, although any end can be coupled to any end if necessary.
Cars 1201-1386 replaced cars 1501-1666, and were not operationally compatible with the earlier cars. These newest cars are the only Metra Electric or Illinois Central electric MU cars ever equipped with toilets. A desirable feature, as Metra Electric has become increasing suburban oriented, with longer average trips.
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