26 Oct '16, 9pm

@IRideMDT unveils first Hitachi-made rail vehicles

@IRideMDT unveils first Hitachi-made rail vehicles

Assembly of the new rail cars, which will replace the current fleet began shortly after the new 140,000-square-foot Hitachi Rail facility opened in March. These first two new rail cars will undergo a rigorous testing phase that will last approximately eight to nine months. Some aspects of the factory testing include: continuity testing to make sure the wiring is correct; compatibility testing in order to determine if the two cars correctly communicate with each other; high voltage testing to ensure all the wiring is shielded properly; and weight distribution testing to make sure the cars are balanced properly. Once they are fully operational, the two rail cars will be placed into service. The Department anticipates to have the full fleet of new rail cars (136 total) assembled, tested, and placed into service by the end of 2019. Aside from the modern exterior, these new tra...

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