The first of nine new SOUNDER Commuter train cab cars has arrived from Thunder Bay, Ontario and is at the Amtrak Yard in Seattle, WA. Here, they will receive final assembly of electronics and extensive testing leading to certification for SOUNDER Commuter service. Notable changes over previous cab cars is the removal of the front door, improved view out of a large, one piece front window, improved crash protection, higher seating for engineer and conductor by about 4 feet, electric doors vice air operated and seamless assembly compared to the exposed screws on the older cab cars. The large white SOUNDER decals still need to be applied on both sides. SOUNDER Commuter service runs between Lakewood and Seattle, plus Everett and Seattle. These new cab cars will, for the most part, only run on the south line between Lakewood and Seattle due to the more railroad crossings and higher speeds of trains on that section. All of the new cars are expected by the end of next month and they should all be in commission by the end of September.
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