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Caltrain to test first electrified trainset in April

Caltrain's first trainset will undergo two months of testing beginning next month.
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Caltrain in April will begin testing its first seven-car electrified trainset at the Stadler Rail manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City.

The action will mark the start of two months of testing, Caltrain’s latest project newsletter reported last week.

Construction on a half-mile test track at the plant is almost completed. The track, power poles and electrical transformers have been installed, and, now, Stadler crews are connecting overhead wires to the transformers in order to test the new trainset.

Caltrain’s current electrification project will electrify the rail corridor from San Francisco to San Jose, California, and replace 75 percent of Caltrain's diesel service with electric trains, Caltrain officials said.

To accommodate the electric trains, construction crews are continuing work at four San Francisco rail tunnels. As of February 22, crews installed the drop tubes, termination structure and three of the four required wires.

Crews also have been installing power poles from Menlo Park to San Jose and performed work on six traction power facilities in San Jose, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, South San Francisco and San Mateo.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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