I was coming back from Union Station (after riding the SurfLiner from San Diego) on Apr. 3 and caught Metro 230 and 229 for my ride to SMV. The term "Last of the Mohicans" came to mind. It was ten years ago next August that Metro 238 became the first electric railway car to ride the rails in the San Gabriel Valley since the last Red Cars ran in Sept. 1951.
Post by bluelineshawn on Apr 8, 2012 6:46:37 GMT -8
I didn't realize that there were only two left in service on the gold line, but some do run in regular service on the blue line now. The gold line will probably be "stuck" with the 2550's until the regional connector opens and then it will have a mix of 2550's and 3010's.
I rather like the looks of the Breda cars on the Gold Line, but they are "anathema" to some of my traction fan buddies. Be that as it may, they get people from here to there, usually on time, and (as far as I'm concerned) that's what they're supposed to do. Now the race is on to see whether Metro can get their 3010's into service before GLFE, Expo II, Downtown Connector and Crenshaw are opened.
And then there were none? Metro 229 was sitting on a specialized trailer beneath the Chinatown station today, possibly waiting for a late-night trip to the Blue Line yard in Carson. Not sure about 230, but no Siemens cars were visible in the Gold Line yard today.