bostontrainguy wrote:After seeing all those sleek modern designs, Boston once again goes for the ugly award.
And note the 50 mph maximum speed.
CRail wrote:The other design was a disgrace for esthetic and practical reasons. This rendering is sensible and is aN esthetic improvement over the type 8 for sure!
I noticed the skirt too. My guess is that it'll be mounted to and swive with the trucks. My guess is also that they won't last long. They'll be taken off so often for maintenance reasons they'll likely stop going back on (assuming they still have them when they arrive).
tommyboy6181 wrote:I did some additional research and found out that the Type 9 will feature CAF IGBT propulsion. This will be the third project to use CAF propulsion in the United States, after Cincinnati and Kansas City. Previously, CAF outsourced their propulsion to Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens, Mitsubishi, or other companies. However, they recently acquired the company Trainelec. This gave CAF propulsion, low voltage power, IGBT electronics, communication systems, train monitoring, and signalling systems capabilities that they previously did not have.
Link to the IGBT electronics: http://www.cafpower.com/en/systems/elec ... -converter
For those who are wondering what CAF's propulsion sounds like, here is a link from the Kansas City streetcar amd a link for the same LRV platform from France:
Kansas City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ9pReytVaI
[Houston] Metropolitan Transit Authority officials continue withholding $12.9 million from CAF U.S.A. - the builder of the vehicles - as they debate the amount of liquidated damages owed because of delays and delivery of railcars that were overweight, leaky and halted by faulty axles, among other problems.