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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 04/01/2012
|Hyundai-Rotem Plant Wolf and Weccaoe Streets Philadelphia PA March 24 2012|
The Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP) hosted a tri-state meeting of the National Association of Rail Passengers (NARP) at the Temple University Center City campus on March 24 2012. Speakers from NARP, Amtrak, SEPTA and rail transit professionals addressed topics both regional and nationwide. The main focus of the discussion centered around the plans to increase access to New York City by way of additional tunnels for either heavy rail or subways. After the meeting, the attendees were bussed to the Hyundai-Rotem Plant in South Philadelphia where they are assembling the new Silverliner V cars for SEPTA. While Hyundai-Rotem personnel prohibited those on tour from taking personal photographs on their property, our South Korean tour guides repeatedly promised to forward copies of the numerous photographs taken during the tour to the many rail-friendly advocates who requested them.
So, as of today, here are all of those wonderful pictures supplied by the happy smiling people at H-R.
|All the Silverliner V shells are now under cover, the last having been moved in recent weeks from their temporary portside residence at the Holt Marine Terminal.|
|Among the cars in various states of assembly was SPAX 702, which had been previously shipped to a facility in Quebec for environmental testing. Said testing exposed deficiencies in the design of HVAC system installed on early production models, problems which required retrofits to remediate.|
|On-site facilities includes an enclosure used for leak testing where each car is subject to several minutes of a watery deluge to uncover any problems before they leave the plant.|
There are also wired tracks inside the plant to allow static testing of the cars' electrical systems ...
|before they are tested at low speeds on the short test track that was created outside the plant between Wolf Street and Oregon Avenue.|
There were many, many other interesting things to see inside the plant, and hopefully, someday in the not-too-distant future, before we are all dead and the Silverliner VII's are replacing the last of the Silverliner V's, we may all get to see them.
For now, you can look at any of these pictures of the camera-shy Silverliner V's and the outside of the mysterious Hyundai-Rotem Plant.
All pictures March 24 2012 Copyright © 2012 and provided by the happy smiling people at Hyundai-Rotem
Photographs for personal use only. All rights reserved by original owner of image. Reproduction or redistribution in any form without express written permission is prohibited.
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