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FasPhoto Friday: Commuter Rail Train on the Way

For FasPhoto Friday on August 23, 2013, we take you halfway across the globe. We can't keep this under wraps, although it's there under wraps.

Shell of an RTD commuter rail car is loaded on a ship in Korea for transport to the United States, where it will be assembled.
Shell of RTD rail car loaded on a ship in Korea for transport to Philadelphia

The first 10 steel shells for RTD's commuter rail lines departed from the Hyundai Rotem plant in Korea this week (August 18, 2013) bound for the company's assembly plant in Philadelphia. The window openings can be seen under the blue wrap.
The first of a total of 56 vehicles, the shells are fabricated in Korea and then shipped to the assembly plant in the United States, meeting RTD's Buy America requirement. This diagram shows many of the components that are manufactured in America, with all of the labor supplied in Philadelphia.

While there are no U.S.-based companies that make electric commuter rail cars, most have plants in the U.S. Click on the image to see the descriptions of the components and where in the United States they are made.

The diagram of an RTD electrified commuter train show its components and where in the United States they are manufactured
Click here to see a larger image and description of the components

These trains are going to run on four of RTD's lines:
  1. East Rail
  2. Gold Line
  3. Northwest Rail
  4. North Metro Rail

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