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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates 55 of these cars on it's system.  

General Information
Manufacturer: Boeing-Vertol
Vehicle Type:  Double Ended Articulated
Cost per Car (US $) :  300,000
Number of Cars Ordered:  175
Number of Cars Delivered
:  151
Year Delivered
:  1976-1978
Date in service: 1976
Voltage:  650 Volts DC
Series (Numbered):  3400-3543

Dimensions/Weight/Capacity 
Length over couplers:  73 feet
Length over body ends:  71 feet
Width:  8 feet, 10 1/4 inches
Height (rail to roof-panto locked down):  11 feet,  4 inches
Floor height (rail to floor):  34 inches
Pantograph operating range:  11' 4" - 19'
Empty weight per car:  67,000 pounds
Interior headroom (center aisle):  6' 5"
Interior width (minimum):
Doorway width (minimum):  4' 6"
Doorway height:  6' 11" from 1st step
Step height (1st step):  12" above top of rail

Performance 
Initial acceleration on level tangent track (mphps):  2.8
Service acceleration on level tangent track (mphps):  3.1
Acceleration 0-50 w/100 riders: 37 seconds
Service Braking on level tangent track (mphps)
:  3.5
Emergency braking on level tangent track below 30 MPH:  6.0 mphps
Emergency braking on level tangent track above 30 MPH:  4.0 mphps
Maximum design speed (mph):  70 MPH (Speed attained in 1975 at DOT test track, Pueblo, Colorado)
Maximum operating speed (mph):  52 MPH
Maximum grade (feet/inches):  9%
Minimum horizontal curve radius (feet/inches):  42 feet
Minimum vertical curve radius (feet/inches):  Crest: 300'; Sag: 400'
Noise Levels (Interior, all systems operating):  65 dBA
Noise Levels (Exterior 50' at 40 MPH, all systems operating):  80 dBA 
Maximum cars per consist: 3 (Maximum for Platform length limit); 4 (Maximum for Trainline)

Body 
Manufacturer:  Boeing-Vertol, Philadelphia, PA.
Body Material:  LAHTS (Low Alloy High Tension Steel)
Ceilings and Walls:  Molded melamine plastic panels
Floor Material
:  Rubber Sheet
Window type:  Sealed Laminate Safety Glass
Doors:  6 (3 per side)
Windows:  20 (10 per side)
Seats:  Molded Fiberglas with vinyl covered padded inserts

Propulsion/Trucks
Propulsion manufacturer:  Garrett Airesearch Manufacturing
Number of trucks/car:  3
Number of axles/truck:  2
Number of motors/car:  2
Motor Details: Monomotor, 210 HP, 152 KV, 280 VDC, 600 Amp, force ventilated by separate mounted blower motors
Wheel diameter (inches)
Wheel base:  23 feet
Track gauge (inches):  4 feet, 8 1/2 inches (Standard)
Gear ratio:  5.571:1
Gearbox:  Rockwell Standard, single reduction Hypoid type
Truck manufacturer:  Toyku Car Company

Brakes/Suspension
Brake System Types: Friction (Disc) Dynamic (Regenerative) and Track (Electro-Magnetic) 
Service Brake manufacturer:  New York Air Brake Company
Service Brake Type:  Electro-Hydraulic-Pneumatic friction Disc Brakes
Spin/slide protection:  Provided through Electronic propulsion logic during service braking
Track Brake manufacturer:  Socimi S.p.A., Milan Italy
Track Brake Details:  Type AM110F, 16-20 VDC, 6 per car, 2 per truck

Vehicle Capacity
Number of seats:  48 (4 seats removed for wheelchair access)
Design load:  219
Crush load:  275
Wheelchair capacity:  2

Passenger Convenience Items
HVAC Manufacturer:  Vapor/Sutrak
A/C type/capacity:  2 roof-mounted units; 7 tons w/individual thermostats and controls
Heating type/capacity (kW):  Provided through HVAC units
Seat Manufacturer:  General Seating and sash Company
Public Address System:  AEL-Emtech Corp.  Provided through radio hand set
Interior Lighting Manufacturer:  Luminator-Gulton Industries;
Interior Lighting:  Continuos Fluorescent, above seats Normal: 12 fixtures DC Fluorescent; Emergency: 4 fixtures DC Fluorescent
Number of Destination Signs:  6 Hand Crank Signs
Door type:  Original: Plug type; Rehab: S.M.C., 2 leaf bifold, electro-pneumatic 24-42 VDC, 140 PSI
Number of doors/car:  6 (3 each side)

Electrical and Control Systems
Control:  Chopper Controlled
Low voltage power supply:  37.5 VDC
Motor Control:  Solid state Electronic Propulsion Logic Unit
Amperage draw:  600 Amp

Notes
Car Status:  The 55 cars in revenue service were rebuilt 1996-1997 by Amerail, Herkimer, NY
5 non-rebuilds are in dead storage
2 were rebuilt by MBTA (in-house) during the 1980's as work cars (1 re-railer, 1 MOW car)
89 Boeings have been stripped of parts and the hulks have been scrapped in the past 10 years


Car Specifications: Courtesy of Charlie Kenneally
Photo and background: Courtesy of Scott Moore.


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Updated May 26, 2000

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