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About LIRR Commuter Bi-Level

LIRR Commuter Bi-Level Car Details

LIRR Commuter Bi-Level Design View

 LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD COMMUTER BI-LEVEL
 NEW YORK, USA



THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD'S LONGSTANDING PARTNERSHIP WITH KAWASAKI
resulted in the purchase of 134 new bi-level cars, which replaced 1950s vintage equipment. Passengers now enjoy a smooth, quiet ride, sitting two abreast in ergonomic, side cantilevered seats that offer more leg room and luggage/storage area. Focus groups allowed passengers to select the seats and color schemes. Kawasaki worked with LIRR to incorporate additional features that appeal to its riders.

The new bi-levels comfortably accommodate 60 additional passengers on the upper levels. The LIRR delivery includes C-cars (cab cars) equipped with an engineman's compartment for push-pull operation and a restroom, T/T-cars (trailer cars with restrooms), and T-cars (trailer cars). Each car provides ample room for two wheelchairs.

Kawasaki worked with the LIRR as a team, in manufacturing the cars and after the delivery. Issues after the sale were treated with the same prompt attention and innovative thinking, to reach solutions that pleased the LIRR as well as their riders.

 
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KEY FEATURES OF THE LIRR BI-LEVELS INCLUDE

An emergency intercom system that allows riders to speak         directly with train personnel

Wide aisle space

Automated announcements and displays

Large, modern restrooms that easily accomodate wheelchairs

Single-leaf door design, which ensures safer entry and exit

Skid-resistant floor materials

Side cantilevered seats

 
LIRR COMMUTER BI-LEVEL
 
C-CAR(with toilet)
T-CAR
T/T-CAR(with toilet)
CAR NUMBERS 5001-5023
4002-4134 (even numbers)
4001-4087 (odd numbers)
GAUGE
4' 8.5" (1,435 mm)
ELECTRIC SYSTEM
3 phase 480 VAC HEP supplied from locomotive
SEATING PASSENGER CAPACITY
137
143
137
EMPTY WEIGHT
149,693 lbs.
(67,900 kg)
142,197 lbs.
(64,500 kg)
145,284 lbs.
(65,900 kg)
CAR LENGTH
85' (25,900 mm)
CAR WIDTH
9' 10.5" (3,010 mm)
CAR HEIGHT
14' 5.59" (4,410 mm)
CENTER DISTANCE (between trucks)
59' 4.6" (18,100 mm)
TRUCKS
TYPE
Lightweight welded frame. Radius arm primary suspension with coil springs. Air spring secondary suspension.
WHEELBASE
8' (2,438 mm)
COUPLER
AAR Type-H
MAXIMUM OPERATING SPEED
100 mph (160 km/h)
BRAKE SYSTEM
26-C type microprocessor-controlled brake system
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
Roof-mounted units
 
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