Polar Express train at Chicago Union Station

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DSS&A

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The Polar Express train has arrived at Union Station. The assigned coaches are different this year. The six coaches are Budd SPV 2000s with a Viewliner 2 full baggage car coupled in the middle of the six cars. GE locomotive #147 was on the head end of the train. The train's consist is as follows:

1623, 1633, 1625, 61049 (baggage), 1675, 1631, 1673 and locomotive GE 147.
 

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John Bredin

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Saw this train tonight as I caught my homebound Metra. Struck me as unusual to see Amfleet cars without Amtrak livery.
 

Seaboard92

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The cars are owned by the Foxville and Northern Railroad in North Carolina/South Carolina.

I honestly think they have more passenger cars and items then an actual working railroad. I live near them and I barely know anything about them.

I know that they couldn’t get them ready for the knock off new river.
 

twropr

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Anyone know which line it operated over and where it turned?
Thanks!
Andy
 

Seaboard92

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I believe the Polar Express isn’t really that long. I believe it shoves to the Canal St Crossing. Pulls back down the thru track, goes to Lumber St. and back to the station.
 

DSS&A

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I believe the Polar Express isn’t really that long. I believe it shoves to the Canal St Crossing. Pulls back down the thru track, goes to Lumber St. and back to the station.
As a daily commuter into Union Station, I believe you are correct. I have only seen the train either parked on track #1 at the platform or parked on the siding under the buildings between Monroe and Lake streets. The very popular "special show" is inside the train. Trains on platform track #1 have a facing point switch to run directly onto the siding without having to cross Canal Street to perform a back-up train movement.
 

MikefromCrete

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I believe the Polar Express trains, which are running on a daily basis, operate on Amtrak-owned tracks north and south of Union Station.
 
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