Caltrain Tests Electric Trainset on Corridor in San Jose

Caltrain’s first electric trainset has completed clearance testing along the corridor between Santa Clara and Tamien Stations in San Jose, California.

This clearance testing will ensure the electrified trains are able to operate safely along the Peninsula Corridor, which spans 47 miles from San Jose to San Francisco.

The test train was outfitted with foam rubber padding and travelled at just five miles per hour, pulled by a diesel locomotive. No major problems were identified throughout the testing, so further clearance testing will now be conducted on the rest of the corridor.

Caltrain Electric Trainset
A Caltrain electric trainset

The next phase of testing is expected to take place later in 2022, when the electric trains will operate under their own power using the overhead catenary system.

The Caltrain Electrification project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernization Program. The electric trains will replace Caltrain’s current diesel vehicles to offer a more sustainable and quieter service for passengers and local residents.

Each trainset will have seven cars, rather than the current five or six to provide increased capacity on the line. The electric vehicles will also accelerate and decelerate faster than diesel trains, using eight motors distributed throughout the train, instead of being pulled by a locomotive.

In addition, the new trains offer enhanced amenities, including new digital onboard displays, power outlets, energy-efficient lighting, coat hooks, security cameras and expanded storage.

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