Travelogue of Michael Hansen's Trips on Metra
Its about 11:50 AM, on Monday, May twenty sixth, 2003, and I've just
at the Bartlot station, ware I will be boarding Metra train number 2714,
chicago, ware I will be connecting with Metra train number 2121, to
Grazelake, to visit my family. We went to sit in the covered area ware
can wait for you're train. Just before 12:00 PM, Mom decided to get a
scedual for this train. It was a nice day outside, so the wait at
was very nice. Just after 12:00 PM, we went outside to wait for the
At 12:05, our train pulled in. We boarded the train, and went to the
and walked through 1 car, and took seets in the first avalible seets in
next car. I then took out my computer, and when the conductor came by I
inquired about the engine number. Todays train number 2714 is pushed by
engine number 603.
We continued on twards Chicago, and we kept up a 1 minute delay up until
reached Chicago, ariving at 1:09. Mom said about 8 tracks to our left
Amtrak train. At first, we thought it was the hiawatha, but that was not
case, as it turns out, the train was the northbound Empire builder.
We got off the train, and I took a tape of our train engine. We walked
the station, and found a seet for Grandpa in the north lounge, wile we
explored the station.
This first part of the trip was very fun, and I was able t o for the
time get a tape of an F40C engine. I'm looking forward to what we might
at Union station durring our hour stay, and am really looking forward to
next part of this trip!
Its about 2:05 PM, on Monday, May twenty sixth,2003, and I'm sitting in
north boarding lounge ware I am awating the departure of our train,
2121, to Grazelake. I was listening to the tapes of my trip. We arived
as the Empire Builder was boarding, for departure at 2:10 PM, and I said
wanted to go out on to the platform to get a tape of the trains
We walked on to the platform, and we walked up to a place ware we could
the train engine. At 2:10 PM, the Empire Builder was still sitting in
station, apairantly waiting for something.
Mom said that a Metra train was coming, and I thought that it would
interfear with my taping the Empire Builder. I thought that it would be
to get the Metra train on tape if I couldn't get the Empire Builder. As
Empire Builder departed, the metra train arived.
We went into the station to get Grandpa, and he wanted something to
so we went upstairs to get that and something to eat. We then returned
Grandpa, and then we went out to board the train.
Todays 2:35 PM train is pulled by F40C engine number 601. Only 3 cars
usable for passengers, so it didn't look like I'd be sitting near the
engine. But as I later found out, it was plenty close. Power was turned
at 2:31, and at that time the engine revved up. We started moving at 2:35,
and were not delayed for the whole trip. We left the last cupple stops
before Grazelake early, and arived at Grazelake 2 minutes early.
We got off the train at Grazelake, and went into the station. Its
interesting that they don't aircondition some stations, as passengers
be waiting in there for there trains.
My trip on Metra was a good one, I got to see the Empire Builder depart,
which I had never planned to do, but it was a nice add on to the trip! I'm
looking forward to my trip to San Antonio Texas and back to Chicago on
Texas Eagle, trains number 21 and 22!