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Caltrain is a commuter rail service operating between San Francisco and San Jose, CA. It is governed by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board ("JPB"), and service is operated under contract by TransitAmerica Services.

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History

Service on the San Francisco-San Jose corridor began as early as 1863, operated by the San Francisco & San Jose Railroad (later by Southern Pacific Railroad) under the name "Peninsula Commute". Ridership began declining after 1945, and by 1977 Southern Pacific was looking to discontinue the service.

To preserve the service, local communities began to subsidize SP's operations; in 1980, Caltrans began contracting directly with SP to subsidize the service. Caltrans purchased new equipment for the service in 1985, and the service was rebranded as CalTrain. The JPB was formed in 1987 to directly manage the line.

Fleet Roster

Locomotives

Active

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
HEP Generator Notes
503, 504 1974 EMD MP15DC
  • Ex-UP 1290, 1289.
  • Used in work train/yard switcher service.
900-901, 904-906, 908-909, 911-913, 915-919   1985 EMD F40PH-2CAT CAT
  • Overhauled by Alstom in 1999.
  • HEP generators converted to CAT generators.
902, 903, 907, 910, 914   1985 EMD F40PH-2
  • Overhauled by Alstom in 1999.
  • HEP Generators retained to original gear drive from the engine.
920-922   1998 MPI F40PH-2C Cummins
  • 920 wrapped for Operation Life Saver.
923-928   2003 MPI MP36PH-3C 3600 hp CAT
  • Purchased for Baby Bullet service.

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine
Horsepower
Gearing
Top Speed
HEP Generator Notes
500, 501 1959 EMD GP9-R
  • Sold to Motive Power Resources in late 2012.
505 1978-81 Budd SPV-2000
  • Track Geometry car.

Passenger cars

Active

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Seating Capacity Notes
112-118 2002 Bombardier BiLevel
Cab cars
114
119-120 2008 Bombardier BiLevel
Cab cars
114
164-165, 167, 169-173, 175-182 1997 Bombardier BiLevel
Coaches
149
219-226, 229-230   2002 Bombardier BiLevel
Coaches
144
231-236 2008 Bombardier BiLevel
Coaches
140
3800-3825   1985 Nippon Sharyo Gallery
Coaches
142
  • Equipped with luggage area.
  • Overhauled by Alstom between 2000-2002.
3826-3835   1985 Nippon Sharyo Gallery
Coaches
108
  • Converted to bike cars in 2011.
  • Overhauled by Alstom between 2000-2002.
3836-3851   1985-1987 Nippon Sharyo Gallery
Coaches
148
  • Overhauled by Alstom between 2000-2002.
3852-3865   1999-2000 Nippon Sharyo Gallery
Coaches
120
4000-4020   1985 Nippon Sharyo Gallery
Cab cars
97
  • Overhauled by Alstom between 2000-2002.
4021-4026   2000 Nippon Sharyo Gallery
Cab cars
78

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Seating Capacity Notes
400-403, 406-407, 410-411, 413, 415, 425, 428 1952-53 Budd RDC
Coaches
1400, 1406 1952-53 Budd RDC
Cab cars

Electric Multiple Units

On Order

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Seating Capacity Notes
TBD 2022 Stadler KISS
  • 19 7-car trainsets.