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Hitachi Delivers First Train to Miami MetroRail

The first two-car train from Hitachi Rail Italy for Miami MetroRail has left the Medley plant in Florida and is on its way to the Lehman Center. A total of 68 two-car trains will be delivered to MetroRail in a contract worth approximately $US 300m.

Miami MetroRail Metro Train
Hitachi is delivering the first train of the new Metro © Hitachi Rail Italy

Hitachi Metro Train

After completion of the assembly and of the first tests, the train passed several routine tests, to verify the correctness of the assembly and the functionality of the subsystems, with special focus on the electrical portion and mechanical adjustment. HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), Brake, Doors, Lighting systems, among others, were verified and the propulsion system too, by moving the train back and forth.

Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail Italy, said:

“We are working hard to fulfill all the agreements with our important Customer Miami-Dade – always giving priority to reliability, quality and safety, while delivering on time and to schedule.

The American continent is strategic for us and we are sure we can offer products that improve daily mobility”.

Dynamic Testing

Over the next weeks, after a first phase of Operators’ training, a second, dynamic test phase will begin, with the train running first on the test track and then on the main line during night shifts and weekends.

Giampaolo Nuonno, President and CEO of the American subsidiary of Hitachi Rail Italy, added:

“Hitachi Rail USA is particularly proud of these first deliveries.

Our mission is to perform at the highest level by manufacturing best quality trains to meet our customers’ requirements.”

The aim of the dynamic tests session is to complete the validation of the design, by qualifying the train through several tests, demonstrating its performance running and braking at the max speed and in different weight conditions. The second and third coupled trains are currently undergoing pre-qualification tests in the Hitachi Rail USA Medley Plant, and will follow the first full set to the Lehman Center between the end of June and July to complete the dynamic test session.

Original article © Hitachi Rail Italy.


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