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**Silverliner II**I have been video railfanning along Shore Line East for the past two weeks, and I have noticed something.

With all the talk of future operation of M8 trains on Shore Line East, I realized it will not be as simple as simply substituting the current push-pull equipment with MU's. Given that 4-car trains are the norm, and all four cars are open on the peak-direction trains, after watching how trains are spotted on the SLE platforms, it occurs to me that they will have to lengthen all SLE station platforms to fit 4 cars fully or be restricted to only opening doors on the head pair or rear pair of cars. Additionally, there would be a need to at least lengthen the Track 1 platforms at Guilford and the under-construction one at Branford) to at least allow two cars to platform to open doors.

I am wondering if CDOT has factored that cost into things if they still hope to operate M8's up the Shore Line.

With all the talk of future operation of M8 trains on Shore Line East, I realized it will not be as simple as simply substituting the current push-pull equipment with MU's. Given that 4-car trains are the norm, and all four cars are open on the peak-direction trains, after watching how trains are spotted on the SLE platforms, it occurs to me that they will have to lengthen all SLE station platforms to fit 4 cars fully or be restricted to only opening doors on the head pair or rear pair of cars. Additionally, there would be a need to at least lengthen the Track 1 platforms at Guilford and the under-construction one at Branford) to at least allow two cars to platform to open doors.

I am wondering if CDOT has factored that cost into things if they still hope to operate M8's up the Shore Line.

**"CSX Detector. Milepost Six Point Four. No Defects. Repeat: No Defects. Total Axles Seven Four Seven. Detector Out"**