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Here Ya Go...CTA New 5000 ACs (PHOTOS)

Posted by ChicagoPCCLCars on Tue Oct 13 19:02:45 2009

Shot from the Bryn Marw platform on the Red line, the first married pair of the CTA's new 5000 series featuring AC traction motors rests on north side's track number one. The cars had been running back and forth between two stations with the supervisor at track level in the middle, so I assume they were testing emergency stopping with a portable track trip. The Bombardier built cars are deliberately designed clones of the 3200 series design.


Some of the first tests seemed to be full service stops. Here the test cars get underway, only to stop again. The north car, 5011 was carrying the team of researchers with their battery of lap tops.


Caught in action from a southbound Red line train, the LED display doesn't seem to be turned on. Later it did read, "Not In Service" but the signage isn't as bright as those on CTA buses. My vote...bring back the roll signs.


This is how the day began, an eight car drag went to Skokie Shops from Howard Yard to pick up the 5000s. The eight cars would be split in half and two deuces would be the horses used to drag the 5000s to the tests. The other two deuces would serve as buffers. They went through this process as insurance against the untested cars breaking down and fouling the important Howard interlockings.


Shot from the end of the Howard ST platform, four "horses" drag the test set through the Howard complex, on their way to track one. The buffer cars would follow. The four car sets would be placed at either end of track one leaving about three miles of open track. I swear they were doing 70 MPH on one runby.

David Harrison


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