rcthompson04 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:01 amThe Metro North M8s would be a good starting point, but would require modifications for low level boarding and removal of the third rail.The M-8s are amazing cars and they've been great for NY and CT, but they are purpose-built highly bespoke designs for running between 60hz catenary and 3rd rail. They are overweight, overly complex, and overly expensive to do literally anything else except for debatably maybe other services radiating off of the New Haven Line like Shore Line East just for the sake of fleet commonality (although those had their third rail shoes removed due to a weird clearance issue in East Haven, so those cars can no longer go into NYC without re-installation of their shoes).
scratchyX1 wrote: ↑Fri Oct 07, 2022 11:43 am The thing to do is look for other regions who also need EMUs, and place an order with a more or less standard design.Exactly. An EMU capable of 11kV/25, 12.5kV/60, and 25kV/60 should be able to serve various parts of MARC, SEPTA, RTD, NJT, CDOT, MN (Penn), and MBTA.
Which wouldn't require a crew person for low platforms.
Silverliner5 wrote:Another reason to why septa should buy this kind of units and I think I remembered from a friend that he told me that most silverliner 4s (the worst and older ones) will be scrapped after when all the bilevel coaches arrive from CRRC since bilevel coaches have more space in themS5 **WRONG**...