Caltrain to remove rail cars from service…temporarily

May 31, 2008 at 2:43 am 1 comment

According to today’s announcement on the web site:

During a recent train car inspection, Caltrain discovered hairline cracks on the bolster for a truck, which supports the rail car’s suspension. As part of Caltrain’s continuing concern for safety, Caltrain staff then inspected all similar gallery equipment, which are the fluted stainless steel cars. Cracks were discovered on 14 of the cars…

The removal of the cars requires Caltrain to shift the size of its trains. Trains that had operated with five-car gallery sets will only have four cars, which may require some passengers to stand during their trip. Some of the cars removed from service were wheelchair accessible with an onboard wheelchair lift. To continue to accommodate its customers who use wheelchairs, Caltrain has removed the luggage racks from the luggage cars. In those instances, conductors will board passengers in wheelchairs via a manual wheelchair lift located on platforms.

Other than being able to carry 32 bicycles, Caltrain has already outgrown the gallery cars. In April, Caltrain ridership has grown over 15% from the same month last year.

Caltrain doesn’t know when the cars will return to service, but says it will look into other agencies to borrow cars in the meantime.

UPDATE 6/2/08: It was confirmed that the cars removed were all purchased in 2000 with onboard wheelchair lifts.


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  • 1. Steve  |  June 24, 2008 at 2:37 am

    I was wondering why they were always a few cars short lately. It’s been really miserable. People are always standing around in the cars and inside the vestibule.

    The other major problem I’ve found lately is the lack of parking. In particular, the Sunnyvale lot has been filling up just before 7:40am. Even the free overflow lot has been filling up!

    Do you know if they’re planning to address that by adding additional parking anytime soon? It’d be nice if some of that new mall parking were accessible to caltrain monthly pass holders. I stopped buying my monthly parking pass just because most of the time I couldn’t find parking anywhere near the station.


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