Sand Box John wrote:No your eyes are not deceiving you.
Saw them from the Beltway. When I went behind USDA to get a closer look I noticed the 5th car. Was unable to see the number.
I am not even going to speculate as to why it is there.
WMATA's connection to the common carrier railroad network at Greenbelt Yard is now fully restored. Looks like it has seen traffic recently. I think the track work contractor that did the Silver line used the connection to bring in take out their track work building equipment.
Sand Box John wrote:Come to think of it, that 5th car might be the first car of that 64 cars option!
The prototypes testing and evaluation program is scheduled to run about 3 months. It began shortly after the prototype set arrived on the property back in late December early January.
More pictures at cambronj.blogspot.com Greenbelt Test Track and Commissioning Facility.
tommyboy6181 wrote:Here is some footage that was captured by Fox 5 showing some of the testing that is taking place. A couple of times, you can hear the Toshiba propulsion at work.
http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/25269112/i ... z2zQvR3A00
So far, it seems that the only major issue has been that the new railcars were sealed too tight, so air would get stuffy inside. Apparently that has been fixed. Other than that, it looks like Kawasaki has put together a very nice railcar.
Sand Box John wrote:Those thing are LOUD! Most of what I am hearing sounds like gear noise. The 1k cars prerehabilitation were considerably quieter.
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