Discussion relating to the operations of MTA MetroNorth Railroad including west of Hudson operations and discussion of CtDOT sponsored rail operations such as Shore Line East and the Springfield to New Haven Hartford Line

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  by railtrailbiker
After putting up for years with worn-out, deteriorating rail cars, New Haven Line riders could wind up with the most comfortable seats in the Metro-North Railroad fleet, but they'll have to wait awhile longer to get them.

The railroad wants the new M8 rail cars — scheduled to arrive in late 2008 or early 2009 — to include the best elements of the latest M7 cars on the Harlem and Hudson lines, but none of those trains' design bloopers.

That means passengers will have sealed traction motors and electrical systems housed inside the cars, to keep them going during and after storms. They'll also have large, bright windows, headrests for everyone and vacuum-sealed holding tanks to keep toilet odors at bay.

What they won't have are the armrests that catch and rip M7 passengers' coats and pants pockets, costing the railroad more than $30,000 for repairs and riders' goodwill.

But the best news for New Haven Line riders — an average total of 55,818 on weekdays — may be that the new cars will be six inches wider than the line's current M2 model, built in the 1970s. That could lead to train envy from the Harlem and Hudson lines' riders, whose biggest complaint about the M7s has been their cramped seating. The M7s are two inches slimmer than their predecessors, putting passengers in closer quarters whether they're seated or passing through the aisle. The M7 seats also are an inch closer to the seat in front.

The reason the M8s can be wider than the M7s is because they're only being built for Metro-North's New Haven Line — the only one that must employ two different kinds of power on different parts of the line, third rail and catenary. As Metro-North President Peter Cannito noted, the M7s were built under a dual contract with Long Island Rail Road, which saved money but meant that all trains had to be designed to fit through the narrowest LIRR tunnels.
http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs ... 20366/1018

  by Terminal Proceed
one thread on this subject is enough - locked.