Hot Water posted:Dieselbob posted:
How fast do Metra trains actually run?
I believe it depends on the line, i.e. UP or BNSF for example, but they have lots of 79 MPH speed limit areas.
The couple that I have rode didn't really ever get up that much speed, but we were not going very far out of downtown.
I'm pretty sure that the express trains that METRA runs on the BNSF line we live on, operate over 70 MPH.
I'd have to clock one but the BNSF line express trains I've seen appear to be doing close to the 79mph limit at times, along with some west cost bound Amtrak trains. But La Grange/Brookfield have a lot of buildings around the tracks, making it harder to judge speed without measuring. Not like BNSF doesn't run intermodal trains at a good clip through the area.
When the SD70MACs were produced what was their top speed? I though I remember an article from the early 90's in Trains magazine saying they topped out around 70 mph, but I'm probably way off.