Caltrain cars not painted

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Caltrain cars not painted

Postby Ryand-Smith » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:50 pm

Odd question but why are the Caltrain Bilevel cars not all painted. I see plenty of bilevel not painted.
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Re: Caltrain cars not painted

Postby electricron » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:09 am

Regular steel rusts quickly and needs to be painted to prevent rust. Stainless steel doesn’t rust quickly and does not need to be painted to prevent rust. Many of Caltrain cars are made with stainless steel, that’s why they are not painted.
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Re: Caltrain cars not painted

Postby Ryand-Smith » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:56 pm

I should get some pictures. In this picture, Here The second caltrain car isn't painted red and instead blue and white. It looks almost like it came from the factory. Is there a reason for this?
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Re: Caltrain cars not painted

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:41 pm

Not aware of any car swapping between Metrolink (SCAX)and Caltrain(JPBX),all the BBD "Sausage" cars are painted from the factory
Second car might be leased from Metrolink(SCAX)
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Re: Caltrain cars not painted

Postby NorthWest » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:46 pm

Caltrain has purchased several cars from Metrolink, who no longer allows them to lead for collision fears. That car is still in Metrolink colors.
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Re: Caltrain cars not painted

Postby electricron » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:15 pm

Those are Bombardier built BiLevel cars which use regular steel, therefore all of them are painted to prevent rust. The second car in the photo was originally used by Metrolink in Southern California, and is still painted in Metrolink livery - with Metrolink's text and logo removed. Eventually those cars will get repainted, by whomever buys them, when Caltrain's new Stadler built BiLevel EMUs enter service, or if they last a little longer, when Caltrain retires them. Which might explain why Caltrain hasn't repainted that one in the wrong livery yet.
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Re: Caltrain cars not painted

Postby Ryand-Smith » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:24 am

You all are awesome! Thank you very much.
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