• Kawasaki Rebuild Program at Alstom

  • Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.
Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

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  by JacobKoppel
 
MBTX 750, 768, & 778 completed their "Dynamic brake testing" down in Rochester this morning. Mass coastal should be bringing them up to Middleborough sometime this week but it may possibly be tomorrow. Test train was MBTX1115, MBTX768D, MBTX750D, MBTX778D, MDTX1529.
  by CRail
 
What is "dynamic brake testing" on a coach?
  by Trinnau
 
It's "dynamic" brake testing which is testing the brakes on the car while in motion (dynamic test as opposed to static test). It's not "dynamic brake" testing as in a dynamic brake system on a locomotive.
  by sonicdoommario
 
Everything that was in testing has rejoined service (750, 753, 768, 775, 778).

All that's left are just the 8 currently at Alstom.
  by Commuterrail1050
 
Don’t forget once those return, that will not be all the k cars that will be rebuilt because the 900 series hasn’t been, but I think that’s only 15 years old since they were built around 2005 or so.
  by Robert Paniagua
 
Yes, they are. They were built from 2004-06 as far as the 900s are concerned, so in a few years theyll be up for rebuildi ng
  by Commuterrail1050
 
Guarantee you that Alstom will be rebuilding those once these batches are complete.
  by CRail
 
How can you guarantee who will win a bid that hasn't even been approved yet much lest drafted and posted?
  by Commuterrail1050
 
Because the Mbta will want to rebuild them to the same specs that the rotems have in terms of the controls and the led signage on the exterior and interior. Anyways we shall see what happens when the time comes.
  by Backshophoss
 
The whole purpose of the rebuild is to bring the K-cars up to same "standard" as the Rotem fleet and work with the Rotem fleet
they were built without certain options that were "standard" on the Rotems
  by CRail
 
The primary purpose of the rebuild, aside from overhauling 20-30 year old equipment, is to eliminate the air intake conflict with locomotive exhaust which prohibited them from being coupled directly to the engine in passenger sets. The 900s don't need that update because they were built to that spec. It is certainly reasonable to expect the 900s will be rebuilt when their time comes but there's no way anyone can possibly guarantee it nor who the vendor will be. There is also no compatibility issue with any of the power door enabled equipment and everything on the property is equipped with power doors despite much of the fleet being deactivated.
  by JacobKoppel
 
MBTX 751 & 773 are on NS/Pan Am heading back to Boston. Only 6 more being rebuilt
  by Commuterrail1050
 
I wonder if they are going to award a contract for the 900s to be rebuilt once the last of the remaining 700s return. It will be interesting to see whether they rebuild them or if they keep them as it is. I would think they would since those are almost at mid life. If coaches have a 20 year life span, then their midlife has already passed. If it’s more like 30-40, then they have another 4-5 years until then. I forgot what it was exactly but they were built 2005-6.
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