Metrolink to put locos at both ends

October 9, 2015

As a safety precaution stemming from February’s Oxnard crash, the Metrolink board on Friday approved an agreement that will allow the commuter railroad to place locomotives at both ends of its trains.Website Insert Our Name Tells Our Story copy

Metrolink, which serves six Southern California counties, will spend $23.9 million to lease 40 engines for one year from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.

The locomotives will take the place of Metrolink’s new crash-resistant Hyundai Rotem cab cars — passenger coaches that include an engineer’s compartment. Metrolink has 57 of the units, which are designed to absorb impacts when accidents occur.

Cab cars are used at the front of trains when they are being pushed from behind by locomotives–a common practice among the nation’s commuter railroads when trains reverse direction at the terminus of a line.

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times by reporter Dan Weikel by clicking here.


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