5000-series (2009) Gallery 3


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While being tested running in nonrevenue service on the Red Line, car 5011 is leading an 8-car train of the prototype 5000-series railcars, stopped at Jackson station on their way to Howard on November 4, 2009. The darker lighting of the subway accentuates the LED destination sign. (Photo by Graham Garfield)

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The 12 prototype 5000-series railcars came equipped with an LED station indicator map in each car, located in the center of the passenger compartment in the advertising sash above the interior LED destination sign. The map features an adapted version of the rail system car card map typically found over the side doors with lights that move in conjunction with the train's location. This view of the map inside car 5011 on November 4, 2009 shows the train is at Sox-35th at the time of the photo. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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While being tested on various rail lines, the prototype 5000-series railcars made their way to the Brown Line. The train is laid over at Kimball Terminal on November 9, 2009, sitting on the side track to stay out of the way of revenue trains. Car 5011, at the south end of the train, provides an interesting contrast to car 3317, a car of the previous series. The 5000s and 3200s share a near-identical exterior car body. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Car 5008 is at the head end of an 8-car train the prototype 5000-series railcars, laid over at Kimball on November 9, 2009. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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The three pockets at Kimball Terminal -- from right to left, tracks 1, 2, and 3 (side) -- provides panoramic view of the two latest series of CTA railcars on November 9, 2009. Tracks 1 and 2 having trains of 3200-series cars in Brown Line service, waiting for their next trips. Track 3 houses a train of prototype 5000-series railcars. Car 5008 is at the front end of the 5000, while car 3342 is nearest the camera on the center track. While the two series' car exteriors are virtually the same, this lineup allows for an examination of the subtle differences. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Car 5008, one of eight cars in this train of prototype 5000-series cars, provides a contrast to car 3421, a car of its predecessor series, at Kimball on November 9, 2009. Note car 5008's destination sign reading of "BELMONT", used for Brown Line shuttles during early morning and late evening hours. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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The subtle differences between the 5000-series (right) and 3200-series (left) cars can be seen in this side-by-side view at Kimball on November 9, 2009: car 5011's LED destination sign and run number box and orange electric coupler cover are the most visible outward features. Note that the front LED destination sign used all-capital letters, while the side and interior signs use capital and lower-case letters, like their mylar roller curtain predecessors, seen on the 3200-series cars. Since the 5000s had to run with normal in-service destination signs to test that feature of the cars, they often ran with an Instruction Train sign on the front and back chains to alert customers that the train was not, in fact, ins service. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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An 8-car train of prototype 5000-series railcars, led by car 5004, is rounding the curve west of Sheridan station while running in nonrevenue testing service on the Red Line on March 15, 2010. Workers on the tracks are completing tie renewal work that had been underway for many months in this area. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Car 5004 leads an 8-car train of prototype 5000-series railcars at Sheridan station on March 15, 2010. The cars are running in nonrevenue testing service on the Red Line. Because they're running with real destination signs, the cars have a "Test Train" sign taped to the front window to warn passengers that the train is not in service. Compare that to the train four months earlier, using Instruction Train signs to warn customers. (Photo by Graham Garfield)
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Car 5009, with a special promotional exterior graphic scheme, is at the lead of an 8-car train of prototype 5000-series railcars approaching Chicago on the Brown Line on a sunny morning on March 17, 2010. (Photo by Graham Garfield)