HERE COME THE HIGHLINERS.

A FLEET OF 130 NEW DOUBLE-DECKERS SUBURBAN RAIL COMMUTER CARS, COSTING ABOUT $40 MILLION ARE BEING CONSTRUCTED FOR ILLINOIS CENTRAL. THEY ARE CALLED "HIGH-LINERS." BY MID-SUMMER 1971, ST. LOUIS CAR DIVISION OF GENERAL STEEL INDUSTRIES, THE BUILDERS, SHOULD BE DELIVERING THE CARS AT THE RATE OF EIGHT A MONTH. ILLINOIS CENTRAL WILL OPERATE THE CARS UNDER LEASE FROM THE CHICAGO SOUTH SUBURBAN MASS TRANSIT DISTRICT. THE DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE A FEDERAL GRANT OF $26.6 MILLION, OR TWO-THIRDS OF OF THE EQUIPMENT COST, UNDER THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE ACT. THE REMAINING ONE-THIRD, ABOUT $13.3 MILLION, WILL BE PUT UP BY ILLINOIS CENTRAL FEATURES INCLUDE: CLIMATE CONTROL, VINYL-COVERED FOAM SEATS (CONTOURED AND SLIGHTLY BUCKETED), DOUBLE-PANEL, TINTED SAFETY GLASS WINDOWS, AND RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM. CAR DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT ARE: LENGTH 85 FT., WIDTH 10 FT. 5 3/4 IN., RISE ABOVE RAIL 15 FT. 10 IN., 134,000 LBS. THE SEATING CAPACITY IS 156. THE SUBURBAN SYSTEM OPERATES OFF A 1,500 VOLT D-C CATENARY SYSTEM. THE OUTSIDE JOURNAL TRUCK IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE ONE DESIGNED FOR PENNSYLVANIA CENTRAL'S METROLINERS. SMOOTH RIDES ARE PROVIDED BY THE DOUBLE-EQUALIZED TRACK USING DIAPHRAGM SECONDARY SUSPENSIONS, NOT UNLIKE THOSE ON JAPAN'S TAKAIDO LINE TRAINS. MAXIMUM OPERATING SPEED IS 75 MPH.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 170, No 7, PP 22-24, 4 PHOT
  • Authors:
    • Bartley, R D
  • Publication Date: 1971-4-12

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  • Accession Number: 00241491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 11 1971 12:00AM