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Silverliner V Electric MU
The Silverliner V is an electric railcar designed and built by Hyundai Rotem for the SEPTA Regional Rail system and is now being offered to other commuter rail providers with Denver's RTD being the second purchaser. This is the fifth generation railcar in the Silverliner family of single level EMUs. 735, 736, 871-872 are specifically for use on the Wilmington/Newark line. 821-822 are reserved for use on the Warminster line.

The cars feature expanded interiors and windows, additional entrances and screens used to display information about the service. They are all ADA compliant and meet Federal Railroad Administration safety requirements.

SEPTA had ordered a total of 120 of the cars at a cost of $274 million; the first cars arrived in the United States on 28 February 2010 from South Korea, where they were manufactured by Hyundai Rotem. The cars are built in South Korea and final assembly takes place in South Philadelphia. The cars entered revenue service on 29 October 2010 and all 120 were to be completed by the end of 2011. However, due to delays that were reportedly to last until mid-2012, SEPTA is owed millions in fines for the overdue equipment.

The last of the 120 cars arrived on property for testing in February, 2013. Cars 735, 736, 871 and 872 are owned by Delaware for use on the Wilmington/Newark Line. Cars 821, 822 are reserved for use on the Warminster line.

RTD Commuter Rail
In 2010 Denver's Regional Transportation District selected the Silverliner V for its new commuter rail line. A total of 66 cars were purchased in the married pair configuration for a total of $300 million. The first four cars were delivered to Denver on December 3, 2014 with service to start in 2016.

Differences between the RTD and SEPTA cars include, support for only 25kv 60Hz AC electrification, four high level doors per side, less powerful traction motors, full-width cabs and bells.

Electromagnetic interference
Some users of audio equipment have found that the presence of tracks carrying Silverliner V cars have introduced detrimental electromagnetic interference to playback and recording of audio. This phenomenon also affects audio and PA electronics inside the cars, although Hyundai Rotem has fitted filters to lessen the effect on internal equipment.

Silverliner V Overview
Manufacturer: Hyundai Rotem
Built at: South Korea, Final assembly: South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Family name: Silverliner
Replaced: 73 Silverliner II and Silverliner III's (SEPTA)
Constructed: 2009-2016
Entered service: 2010-present (SEPTA), 2016 (RTD)
Number under construction: 6
Number built: SEPTA: 120, RTD: 60, Total: 180
Number in service: 180
Fleet numbers: SEPTA: 701-738, 801-882, RTD: 4000-4065
Capacity SEPTA: 107 Single Car, 109 Married Pair Car
Capacity RTD: 91 per car
Operators: SEPTA, Denver RTD
Lines served: SEPTA Regional Rail, Denver RTD Commuter Rail
Car body construction: Stainless steel
Car length: 85 ft 0 in
Width: 10 ft 5 in
Height: 12 ft 7 in
Doors quarter point
SEPTA: 3 per side, 2 with traps.
RTD: 4 per side
Maximum speed
Design speed: 110 mph
Operating speed: 100 mph ](SEPTA), 79 mph (RTD)
Weight: 146,600 lb
Traction system: Mitsubishi Electric AC Induction motor, VVVF inverter
Acceleration: 3 mph/s up to 30 mph
Deceleration Service:
3 mph/s up to 50 mph; 2 mph/s @ 100 mph
Emergency: 3.2 mph/s
Electric systems
SEPTA: 12.5 kV 25 Hz AC Catenary, 12.5 kV 60 Hz AC Catenary
SEPTA and RTD: 25 kV 60 Hz AC Catenary
Current collection method: Pantograph
AAR wheel arrangement: B-B
Trucks: Bolsterless, GSI 70
Braking systems: Pneumatic, one outboard disc, one tread per wheel. Dynamic/Regenerative
Coupling system: WABCO Model N-2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard gauge

See also:


Budd Silverliner

Rail Passenger Cars

A SEPTA Silverliner V on the Chestnut Hill West Line at St. Martins station.

A SEPTA Silverliner V on the Chestnut Hill West Line at St. Martins station.

By John Corbett - Flickr: IMG_9717, CC BY-SA 2.0,