KISS Car-Shells Arrive at Stadler US Factory for Caltrain
Caltrain body-shells © Stadler
The first body-shells for the trains that Stadler US is manufacturing for Caltrain have arrived at the company’s factory in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Caltrain is a commuter rail service on the San Francisco Peninsula, California. Stadler was awarded the contract to design and build 16 six-car KISS double-decker electric multiple-unit trains in 2016. The agreement also includes an option for an additional 96 cars.
The car-shells are being manufactured in Switzerland, but the complete trains will be assembled at the factory in Utah. The height and size of the car-shells mean that the units will be rolled directly into the factory. Stadler started building the factory in 2016, but the arrival of the car-shells is the first operation at the site.
The acquisition of the new trains is part of Caltrain’s CalMod project to electrify the railways between 4th and King Station in San Francisco and the Tamien Station in San Jose. The contract for the light-weight trains is the 7th and largest order for Stadler US.