Metra to paint station in historic Pullman colors

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A photo of the Gertrude Emma Pullman palace car and a rendering of the new paint scheme for the 111th Street/Pullman warming house. The passenger car resides at the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, N.H.
CHICAGO — Metra plans to recognize a piece of Chicago’s passenger rail heritage while making modernizations to its 111th Street/Pullman Station this summer.

The commuter railroad will paint the station's passenger warming house, an enclosed passenger platform waiting area, in historic Pullman colors to commemorate the neighborhood’s significance to the rail industry. The warming house will be painted to resemble the Gertrude Emma, a Pullman palace car built in the south side neighborhood for use on the Pennsylvania Railroad's Pennsylvania Limited between Chicago and New York City.

Metra’s executive director and CEO, Don Orseno, says the railroad is “pleased to add character to this station” and “enhance the gateway to the Pullman National Monument.” The railroad hopes the colorful improvements will encourage tourism to the nearby Pullman monument.

Painting will start in early September.

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