Hey Rob: A little far from home aren't we? Chuckle! Are you lost? The D.C. Metro cars are all almost identical. Hard to tell one class from another. Though I do remember some have seating in the vestibule area & some don't. Don't remember if I saw the 5000's yet on last trip there a year ago.
Well, I can tell somehow what kind of car it is, but by their sound. First, the Rohr 1000 has this same sound like the MBTA 01800s when they pull in to a station and leave a station. And those that pull in to a station without a one tone hum are the 2000s. But the 3000 and 4000 editions have the same high pitch whistle sound (different than the 1000s) when they pull into a station and pull out of a station. And as for the 5000's they make this new-era sound when the pull into a station and so on. Also the brown paint is a little shade darker than their older counterparts so I can easily tell a CAF-IND 5000 apart from the other.
Last time I went there was in 2003, but I didn't get any CAF-IND 5000s, even though I got a few the trip befoure.
Yeah I think that CSX Conductour would like this system, its a whole heck of a lot faster than the T, that's for sure.
FYI this year, I went to Toronto, where they have the T-1, the newest coaches in the fleet.
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