US: Caltrain Electric Trains Complete Testing

Caltrain has finalised testing for three new electric trains, with each of the new units having completed a thousand miles of testing along the Californian line.

The three trains, which form part of a set of 23, have passed the line’s 1,000-mile testing process to meet various safety and quality standards, with operation aiming for full passenger service before the beginning of 2025.

A red and white train
The electrification project is the first to be undertaken in North America for a generation
Executive Director, Michelle Bouchard, said:

“Rigorous testing of equipment is how we make sure that our corridor remains safe for passengers and the communities we serve.

“I thank our crews for all their hard work testing these vehicles through the night while we continue to carry passengers during the day. I look forward to the rest of the new fleet going through the same safety testing process and for the rollout of this impressive fleet for our passengers later this year.”

The new trains, which feature a slew of passenger experience improvements such as wi-fi, power outlets, onboard displays and increased storage capacity, form part of Caltrain’s Electrification Project, the first transitional project of its kind within North America in a generation.

The project aims to replace the entirety of Caltrain’s diesel train fleet and associated infrastructure with a new, totally electric train system to set the framework for California’s future High Speed Rail network.

Caltrain is currently in possession of six of the new Stadler manufactured train sets, with the remaining 17 set to be delivered over the next year.

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