METRA RAILFAN TIPS

Included are track diagrams, lists of stations, crossings and junctions, mileposts, number of tracks, and signal systems.


METHODS OF TRAIN OPERATION

Descriptions of the various methods of train dispatching and signal systems, including explanations of CTC and other methods of authorizing train movements.

TRACK DIAGRAMS EXPLAINED

Explanations of the track diagrams on this Web site, which are color coded according to methods of train operation.

METRA EMPTY EQUIPMENT MOVEMENTS

Schedules of "deadhead" Metra trains, carrying no passengers, primarily to reposition equipment.

METRA EQUIPMENT CYCLES

Information on how Chicago's commuter rail equipment is scheduled, including which trains turn around to become which trains, enabling efficient equipment utilization.

CHICAGO'S DOWNTOWN STATIONS

Chicago's commuter and intercity passenger trains once operated out of seven different downtown terminals. Three of those stations are no longer, and Amtrak has consolidated all remaining intercity passenger trains into Union Station. Includes photos.