Favourite car type

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What's your favourite subway car?

Rohr 1000 #1
24
38%
Breda 2000 #2
4
6%
Breda 3000 #3
4
6%
Breda 4000 #4
7
11%
CAF-IND 5000 #5
24
38%
 
Total votes : 63

Favourite car type

Postby Robert Paniagua » Tue Apr 13, 2004 5:40 am

I just want to see what car class everyone likes. I personally like the Breda 3000 #3 Series as well as the CAF-IND #5 Series also.

So, what car classes do you all like?
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Postby Head-end View » Thu May 06, 2004 1:51 pm

Hey Rob: A little far from home aren't we? Chuckle! Are you lost? The D.C. Metro cars are all almost identical. Hard to tell one class from another. Though I do remember some have seating in the vestibule area & some don't. Don't remember if I saw the 5000's yet on last trip there a year ago.

But they sure have good top speeds don't they?! Ha, ha! Wonder if CSX Conductor ever rode THIS subway system......... :D
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed May 12, 2004 5:36 am

Hey Rob: A little far from home aren't we? Chuckle! Are you lost? The D.C. Metro cars are all almost identical. Hard to tell one class from another. Though I do remember some have seating in the vestibule area & some don't. Don't remember if I saw the 5000's yet on last trip there a year ago.

Well, I can tell somehow what kind of car it is, but by their sound. First, the Rohr 1000 has this same sound like the MBTA 01800s when they pull in to a station and leave a station. And those that pull in to a station without a one tone hum are the 2000s. But the 3000 and 4000 editions have the same high pitch whistle sound (different than the 1000s) when they pull into a station and pull out of a station. And as for the 5000's they make this new-era sound when the pull into a station and so on. Also the brown paint is a little shade darker than their older counterparts so I can easily tell a CAF-IND 5000 apart from the other.

Last time I went there was in 2003, but I didn't get any CAF-IND 5000s, even though I got a few the trip befoure.

Yeah I think that CSX Conductour would like this system, its a whole heck of a lot faster than the T, that's for sure.

FYI this year, I went to Toronto, where they have the T-1, the newest coaches in the fleet.
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Postby starionwolf » Mon Dec 20, 2004 6:15 pm

The new, shiny and quite cars are my favorite. I don't know what kind they are. Sorry!
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Postby arrow » Sat Jun 25, 2005 9:05 pm

The new ones are nice but I've always been partial to that "vintage" look in everything, including trains. I am a fan of 1970s design so my choice would be the originals.
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Postby octr202 » Mon Jun 27, 2005 7:37 am

I'm getting frustrated by those cars. I take it that the Orange Line is pretty much the domain of the old 1000 series cars? Since its usually the only line I ride, I haven't been able to even try out the new cars on one of my trips.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Wed Jun 29, 2005 6:39 am

They are literally the same from looking at the outside of them (paint scheme). Only if you look inside you will know the difference (plus the road numbers).

Also, the 1s (Rohr) were started on and are still mostly running on the Red Line.
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Postby MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 » Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:30 pm

are there any pictures that i can see of these cars?
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Postby octr202 » Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:54 pm

MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:are there any pictures that i can see of these cars?


world.nycsubway.org has an exnetsive Washington Metro Page.

But, if you're used to the MBTA, you'll learn one thing fast...Metro cars are VERY similiar, especially on the exterior. :wink:
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Postby davinp » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:16 pm

You can find detalied information and pictures about each type of car at this website:
http://transit.schuminweb.com/rail/washington/index.asp
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:31 pm

It also features cool videos of trains arriving and departing, and other good stuff. Not a bad website at all!
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Postby davinp » Fri Mar 24, 2006 3:16 pm

Another good site with pictures of the differnent Metro car types are
http://www.orenstransitpage.com/otpdccars/dchome.htm

Also, the 2000 & 3000 Series are being rehabilated by Alstrom. The New 6000 Series are also being built by Alstrom.
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Postby Sand Box John » Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:51 pm

As some may know tomorrow is metrorail’s 30th anniversary. John is going to spent most of Monday March 27th 2006 riding metrorail taking pictures with his new Nikon D70s. Link to images will be posted.
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:13 am

Sand Box John wrote:As some may know tomorrow is metrorail’s 30th anniversary. John is going to spent most of Monday March 27th 2006 riding metrorail taking pictures with his new Nikon D70s. Link to images will be posted.


Yeap, and I just started a thread of the 30th Anniversary so that everyone can discuss WMATA's 30th anniversary of operations.
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Postby Tritransit Area » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:36 pm

Hmm, i see that there isnt a place for the Breda Rehabs - those are my favorites, followed by the other 3000/4000s.
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