Behind the Scenes at Metra


Welcome to our archive of stories taking you behind the scenes at My Metra. These include features about our riders, workers, system, equipment, policies, procedures and much more!

October 6th, 2020

Designing a heritage locomotive isn’t about recreating the past but honoring and preserving history while merging it with the new. Perhaps… read more

August 7th, 2020

The Metra Electric Line is getting a major upgrade, but most customers will never know it. That’s because the new system works to prevent… read more

June 5th, 2020

Metra is honored to be home to so many dedicated and innovative employees across all departments. When confronted with a problem, they take… read more

April 21st, 2020

(Photo by Dan Marinellie) Locomotive 402’s journey through Metra’s in-house rehab program could be described as fate.   The MP36-3S… read more

October 18th, 2019

The mysterious locomotive had sat undisturbed at the shop long enough. It arrived at the BNSF Railway’s 14th Street shop from Georgia a… read more

September 18th, 2019

  Hundreds of switches line Metra’s railroad network. Most of the time, they work seamlessly to guide trains from one track to… read more

May 10th, 2019

Like in any job, the life of a railroader has its ups and downs. While some days are routine within the glasshouse at Track 19, Metra’s hub… read more

April 19th, 2019

  The rain started lightly, a few cold drops plopping onto hard hats and orange reflective vests inconspicuously from the dark… read more

April 5th, 2019

Metra has changed the schedules for 10 of its 11 lines in the past three years alone.  Those schedule changes range from minor… read more

March 15th, 2019

When the polar vortex came roaring into the Chicago region in late January, bringing the coldest temperatures the region had experienced in… read more