Metrolink 'Guardian' bilevel cars

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Metrolink 211-290, 638-694 are 2010-13 Hyundai Rotem bilevel railcars. They are dubbed as the "Guardian" fleet. The cars were designed with the latest in Crash Energy Management (CEM) systems, and have replaced the older Bombardier BiLevel fleet in the cab car position on all trains. The cab cars and trailer cars incorporate a number of features which enhance safety in a collision.

The ends of the CEM cars crumple in a controlled manner, absorbing energy in a collision. The transition in floor height from the lower level is further inboard to withstand greater loads. Cab cars feature pushback couplers which absorb an impact and reduce offset motion that can cause lateral movement of the car. The seat backs are higher than on previous cars and have improved crashpads. Seats in the cab car face the rear, and seats in trailer cars face each other. An improved table design deforms when impacted by the body and absorbs the impact.[1]

History

On January 26, 2005, a Metrolink train collided with an abandoned vehicle at a crossing in Glendale, California. The train left the track and collided with a stationary freight train and an oncoming Metrolink train. Eleven passengers were killed in the collision. Around the time of the incident, Metrolink was looking for new equipment and was interested in the results of crashworthiness research by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The FRA, together with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Fedral Transit Administration (FTA), worked with the rail industry to develop CEM specifications.[2] </ref>

Metrolink issued their CEM bilevel specification in September 2005 and, in January 2006, issued a tender to manufacture the cars. Bombardier Transportation, Hyundai-Rotem, and Kawasaki Rail Car each submitted bids. Hyundai-Rotem was awarded the contract on February 24, 2006, after submitting the lowest and most satisfactory bid. The base order comprised of 54 trailer cars and 33 cab cars. Metrolink has taken two options each for 10 cab cars and a further option for 20 trailer cars.[3]

Details

Coaches

Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Livery Status/Disposal Notes
211 2010-13 Teal ribbons Stored
  • Involved in accident at Oxnard, CA on February 24, 2015.
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Fleet Number Thumbnail Date Serial Livery Status/Disposal Notes
638 2010-13 Teal ribbons Active
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  • Involved in accident at Oxnard, CA on February 24, 2015.
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References

  1. General Vehicle Design Technologies. 08 June 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. "Development of a Crash Energy Management Specification for Passenger Rail Equipment". (Report) Transportation Research Board. 15 November 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  3. "Metrolink 20th Anniversary Report". Southern California Regional Rail Authority. 26 October 2012. Retrieved on 24 August 2013.