5000-series (2009) Gallery 2


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The trucks, third rail shoes, and undercarriage at the B end of car 5011 is seen on October 20, 2009 as the unit undergoes testing on Track 1 between Howard and Wilson. (Photo by David Harrison)
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While cars 5011-12 undergo midday testing on Track 1, a Red Line train of 2600-series cars led by car 2707 pulls up next to the prototype cars at Bryn Mawr station on October 20, 2009, providing a nice comparison between the workhorse of CTA's rapid transit fleet and their newest modest railcar. (Photo by David Harrison)
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Cars 5011-12 underwent a long period of testing running back and forth on Track 1 between Howard and Wilson while no service was scheduled. Car 5012 is seen looking north at Granville Interlocking on October 20, 2009. (Photo by Noel Angelo Centeno)
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Car 5012 is seen at the south end of the two-car prototype unit while undergoing testing and diagnostics on Track 1 on October 20, 2009. The various cables on the exterior of the cars were temporarily rigged by Bombardier and CTA engineers as part of the testing program. (Photo by Noel Angelo Centeno)
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The two-car 5000-series prototype unit 5011-12 is seen undergoing testing on Track 1 midday on October 20, 2009, as 5012 leads the train heading south past Granville station. (Photo by Noel Angelo Centeno)
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Cat 5011, half of the first 5000-series prototype pair delivered from Bombardier, is leading the two-car train operating against traffic on Track 1 near Bryn Mawr on October 6, 2009, the first day the cars were tested on the line of road, outside of Skokie Yard, albeit out of service, and on a track with no scheduled service. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Car 5012 is on the rear of the first two-car 5000-series prototype unit delivered to CTA, seen northbound on Track 1 passing Bryn Mawr on October 6, 2009. Note the orange cover over the electric coupler -- the bright paint is meant to serve as a reminder to operators and switchmen that these cars cannot be electrically coupler to the CTA's older High-Performance Family railcars. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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For several months, the 5000-series prototype railcars were tested on the various lines, running out of service but with proper signs and markers and opening their doors at each station (though on the side opposite the platform, so as not to confuse and errantly board any wayward customers). An 8-car train is led by car 5008 running as "Run 802" to 95th at Sheridan station on November 11, 2009. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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A new feature of the 5000-series railcars are LED displays in the bulkheads at each end of the cars' interiors. The signs display the date and time, and repeat in text the announcements made by the pre-recorded announcement system, providing the same messaging for the hearing-impaired in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The displays are helpful for customers without hearing impairments as well, especially for those who like to wear headphones will riding the train! This display at at the A (motorcab) end of car 5011, seen on November 4, 2009 (at 12:22pm, to be precise). (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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The 5000-series railcars have interior LED destination signs, in addition to the exterior ones. This added convenience means customers no longer have the read the destination signs from inside the cars by reading the translucent mylar roller curtains that face out backwards. This sign is inside car 5011, seen on November 4, 2009. (Photo by Graham Garfield)