Rare find: Kawasaki R110A and Bombardier R110B

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Rare find: Kawasaki R110A and Bombardier R110B

Post by tommyboy6181 » Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:52 am

We all know that the Kawasaki R110A and Bombardier R110B were prototype trains for the current NTT trains we see today.

First, a rare find of a R110 train making simulated stops during testing.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/Transitview ... qeAnrSJcnQ
You can clearly hear the AC motors built by AEG Westinghouse (which became AdTranz, and is now known as Bombardier). These motors were among the first ever AC motors ever used on a subway train and first debuted in Toronto back in 1991 with the Bombardier T-1 trains.

Even more rare, when going on YouTube I found this by accident. Here is some very rare video footage of the first ever revenue run of the R110B back in 1993.
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOmlI260MGI
If you are looking to really hear the GE AC motors more closely, 19:00 into the video is the acceleration from the platform. It can be tough to hear but that is the clearest I have ever heard on a video taken of these trains. Just picture a quieter version of the Boston 01800 Bombardier trains, the Rohr 1000 series in Washington, or the Los Angeles A650 Breda trains and that's what you get.
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