• WMATA 8000 Series Rail Cars

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

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  by farecard
 
He also said a lack of U.S.-based rail car builders is just an excuse when he says there is no shortage of manufacturers that would start or move operations within the United States to acquire a $1 billion project that would last several years.
Haven't we been down the "Win the contract, then learn how to build the product later" route once already?
  by daybeers
 
Iiinteresting...
  by Sand Box John
 
davinp
Manufacturing group accuses Metro of sidestepping ‘Buy America’ clause for new rail cars
Metro said there are no U.S. manufacturers of passenger rail cars to contract
https://www.washingtonpost.com/transpor ... rail-cars/


Do any of these American steelworkers and U.S. manufacturers have the facilities and tooling to make the stainless steel parts and weld them together from 70% US sourced material.
  by davinp
 
tommyboy6181 wrote: Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:39 pm It looks like Hitachi Rail (the former Breda) will be building the 8000 series.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/transpor ... L8n9kcbdrQ
They need to start building them ASAP, because the 2000 series will be 40 years old by 2022, so they will need to be retired. They can't be delayed any longer/

The article does not say what Metro will do with the 6000 series - either mid-life rebuilt or early retirement
  by tommyboy6181
 
If they go with all of the options, it could allow the 6000 series to be fully retired. But, the 6000 series cars have done well overall with reliability, being the most reliable fleet besides the 7k. Realistically, the 6k could go for an overhaul and last another 20 years.
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
That would determine when the 9000s are due up, if the 6000s stay, the 9000s I could see around 2035-40.
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