Numbers Type Builder Built Notes 6001-6192 Coach Nippon-Sharyo 2002-05 wheelchair lifts 7200-7231 Coach Budd 1961 ex Milw 300-331 7232-7241 Coach Budd 1964 ex Milw 332-341 7242-7256 Coach Budd 1965 ex RI 140-154 7257-7280 Coach Budd 1974 ex NWSMTD 342-365 7281-7283 Coach Budd 1974 ex Nortran 366-368 7284-7381 Coach Budd 1978-80 purchased by RTA 7382 Coach Budd 1965 former cab car 8222 7400-7497 Coach Amerail 1996-98 wheelchair lifts 8200-8207 Coach/Cab Budd 1961 ex Milw 380-387 8208-8219 Coach/Cab Budd 1964 ex Milw 388-399 8220-8224 Coach/Cab Budd 1965 ex RI 110-114 8225-8236 Coach/Cab Budd 1974 ex NWSMTD 400-411 8237-8238 Coach/Cab Budd 1974 ex Nortran 412-413 8239-8275 Coach/Cab Budd 1978-80 purchased by RTA 8400-8413 Coach/Cab M-K 1994-95 wheelchair lifts 8414-8478 Coach/Cab Amerail 1995-98 wheelchair lifts 8501-8608 Coach/Cab Nippon-Sharyo 2002-05 wheelchair liftsSome of the oldest cars have been retired. And some of the older cab control cars have had their cabs removed.
The Budd built cars can appear on any Metra diesel line, regardless of present or prior ownership.
Cars 7300-7310 and 7313 have been reconfigured as refreshment cars.
Cars 7200-7241 and 8200-8219 were originally owned by the Milwaukee Road, later owned by the Northwest Suburban Mass Transit District (NWSMTD). Cars 7257-7280 and 8225-8236 were originally owned by NWSMTD, although they originally were lettered and numbered for the Milwaukee Road. Cars 7281-7283 and 8237-8238 were originally owned by the North Suburban Mass Transit District (Nortran) and lettered and numbered for the Milwaukee Road. NWSMTD and Nortran were eventually dissolved, with ownership of the cars transferred to Metra.
Cars 7400-7497 and 8400-8478 were built at the old Pullman plant on Chicago's south side, enabling local employment for their construction. Morrison-Knudsen originally managed the project, but financial problems resulted in Amerail taking over the project. Cars first entered service on the Rock Island District. These cars have wheelchair lifts, and all Metra diesel trains now have at least one such car insuring accessibility to those with disabilities. It was originally decided to make one accessible car on a train the cab control car, in order to insure that the accessible car is at a predictable place on the train. This is now the practice on the Union Pacific lines, Heritage Corridor, and North Central Service. But on the other Metra lines, the accessible car is placed at a different predictable location on the train.
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