First LIRR M-9 cars arrive from TTCI testing

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The new LIRR M-9 commuter cars passing through Jamaica Station en route to the LIRR Hillside maintenance facility in Jamaica, Queens on April 29, 2018. Photo by Paul Pesante, Collection of Joseph M. Calisi

MTA Long Island Rail Road has taken delivery on the first set of M-9 EMU (electric multiple-unit) married-pair commuter railcars from Kawasaki Rail Car USA, following testing at TTCI in Pueblo, Colo.

Further testing is now under way at LIRR’s Hillside facility in Jamaica, N.Y. Among numerous stress tests to be performed are repeated and lengthy door opening/closing trials. At this time, no timetable has been announced for road testing and certification.

The exterior scheme is similar to the “New York State” scheme on some MTA New York City Transit B Division cars utilizing blue and yellow striping on the control cab ends of the trainset’s married pairs.

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