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CalTrain Finally sees the light

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Aug 18, 2023

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 25, 2018 at 12:28 am
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Existing EMUs that do surge charging at each stop would do just fine - with no poles and no wires between stations.


"Caltrain will purchase a battery-electric version of the Stadler electric multiple-unit passenger equipment it has purchased for its upcoming electrification, allowing operation beyond the limits of system electrification."

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Posted by Not-Jeff
a resident of Hillview Middle School
on Aug 22, 2023 at 3:23 pm

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"Existing EMUs that do surge charging at each stop"


The Atherton Rail Committee years ago made the point in meetings that 'electrification' and/or the retirement of the old diesel locomotives can be accomplished without stringing the electrical wiring.

But Caltrain didn't listen, and ignored the fact that electrification wasn't going to occur south of Diridon.

I'm very pro-public transit, and these hybrid trains can be a solution for not only diridon-to-Gilroy but potential expansion beyond that: RWC<>Fremont, Fremont<>Sacramento, Diridon<>Seaside.

Having 1 pool of locomotives would have been a better solution for everyone. But CalTrain is CalTrain.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 22, 2023 at 4:02 pm

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Just imagine how much CalTrain could have saved by just electrifying each station and no overhead wires in between stations starting in SF for the entire system

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 22, 2023 at 6:49 pm

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The electrification of the Caltrains tracks for Caltrain is a ruse. HSR needs the overhead wires. If HSR hadn't been in the picture (that's where the money came from), Caltrain might have changed to battery powered trains. Just more California corruption on display.

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