#14 Orange Line Cars 1400-1551 (From Red/Orange Procurement discussion)

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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BandA wrote:If they are not shipping the completed units by rail, it's a pretty short haul across the state, 2 1/2 hours or less probably (Mr Google says 1 1/2 hrs, but that seems optimistic).
Google time estimate is reasonable at speed limits, assuming no traffic jams.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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I saw a two car set, out on the test track this afternoon, just north of Assembly. Two things I noticed was still the lack of car numbers on the body and it was an A-B set of cars. A full cab was on the south end of the consist and just hostler controls on north end. I was on a Wellington bound train so I was too close to the any pics.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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Saw the two car test set parked on the bridge over the Mystic River tonight.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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Orange test set was parked right at the Sullivan platform at 9:45 this morning. Wow those doors are huge.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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Wow, the door sill looks to be several inches too high. Is that because the suspension is new or that the track is too high, or the suspension needs to be adjusted.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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RL platform height = 4'1"
OL platform height= 3'9"

These OLs look about 4" too high...consistent with being at RL height!
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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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That will be an issue for ADA compliance, unless they fix that in the production cars.
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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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It could be they did not bother leveling the test track with the platform because it’s not necessary for testing or revenue use.

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Perhaps the train has an extending ramp/platform lip thing? Unsure the exact nomenclature.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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I saw the test set at Wellington today and the vehicle floors were level with the platform. The suspension could have been jacked up to test the platform gap fillers.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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You say the floor was level with the platform...how about the door threshold ;-)
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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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Yes. That was implied as the vehicle floors are in alignment with the door threshold.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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If the ¨test track¨ is not used for revenue service then they probably didn´t level the track.

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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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Air bags can be inflated/deflated. Leveling valves adjust the air pressure in them as the weight of the car fluctuates. Railroad cars, subway cars, streetcars, and buses all do this. With modern equipment, it's probably possible to program the valves to maintain different levels. Chicago Transit Authority's 5000s adjust to match the platform height after the doors open, it's almost like a bus kneeling. I've always thought that was a really neat feature, perhaps these cars have it.
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Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

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Somebody spotted the new OL train running at NS Northbound yesterday at 5pm. Is it being tested in revenue service?
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