Monday, May 2, 2011

Upcoming Rail Events

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY

Arrives this Saturday to over 200 locations around the country.
For more information CLICK HERE.

40 Years as America’s Railroad

Amtrak has carried passengers on journeys across the length and breadth of the United States. People take our trains to visit family and friends, see America, experience the journey and come home again. For more info CLICK HERE.

Glendale Pacific Electric Red Car Line

Historian Paul Ayers presents a slideshow on Glendale Pacific Electric Red Car Line from its beginning to the last day of service in 1955. Over 240 slides include past and present images of the route. The program is sponsored by The Glendale Historical Society and hosted by the Glendale Public Library. Admission is free.

And because I love trains so much... here are some more pictures from the San Bernardino Railroad Days Event held a couple of weeks ago. More to come!

This is one of the new Cab / Passenger Rail Cars being used by Metrolink California. This car is produced by Hyundai-Rotem and seats 122 passengers and is 85 feet long.

The car features Crash Energy Management (CEM) technology, all seats face torward rear of car, inward and forward facing video cameras, restroom, drinking fountains, bike racks, wheelchair accesibility and automated station announcements.

3 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Looks pretty comfy inside! Wonder what the (removable?) blue light in the cab is for?

The Viewliner Limited said...

For safety Major...

Blue light or flag procedures are established to protect railroad workers when they are called on to inspect, test or service railroad rolling equipment, especially when they may be between or under the equipment. Quite simply, the equipment must not be moved while the blue flag or light is displayed.

Carvin' Tom said...

I have been on nighttime test rides of the Metrolink cars at the Edward's AFB end of the line (I forget the name of the town just now). While they look nice, believe me they are *far* from comfortable. The seats are hard and there is little leg room...and I'm only 5'9". I can't imagine what somebody over 6' would do. The MetroNorth M8 cars from Kawasaki are much nicer. I've ridden them both.

Carvin' Tom
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