New Skytrain Cars!

Lucked out and managed to hop onto the new test set for the improved MKII trainsets.

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You can tell the new MKII skytrain cars apart from the others by the new paint job that Translink has adopted for their buses as well, in addition to the new destination signs on the ends.

For comparison here's one of the newer MKI cars.

For comparison here's one of the newer MKI cars.

Another small addition is that they added lights that flash when the doors are closing.

Another small addition is that they added lights that flash when the doors are closing.

A bigger improvement is that they added electronic displays showing the stops as well as the current location on the line it's traveling on.

A bigger improvement is that they added electronic displays showing the stops as well as the current location on the line it's traveling on.

The biggest change however is the rearrangement of the interior. The seat materials have been changed and the seats on one side of the car are reduced to a single rather than two side-by-side seats.

The biggest change however is the rearrangement of the interior. The seat materials have been changed and the seats on one side of the car are reduced to a single rather than two side-by-side seats.

The small change makes the car seem much roomier. The lighting has also been improved greatly, as well as the addition of security cameras. More poles were added for people to hang onto when standing.

The small change makes the car seem much roomier. The lighting has also been improved greatly, as well as the addition of security cameras. More poles were added for people to hang onto when standing.

Just for comparison, here's the interior of an older pattern MKII trainset.

Just for comparison, here's the interior of an older pattern MKII trainset. The aisle is much narrower and the lighting a peach color.

The propulsion system as well as other bits under the hood have also been changed. Translink expects to get 48 of these by the 2010 olympics.

The propulsion system which sounds different as well as other bits under the hood have also been changed. Translink expects to get 48 of these by the 2010 olympics.

Although it’s not much, our rapid transit system is slowly but surely catching up to those in Europe or Asia. Now if only we’d get more heavy rail service over here…

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~ by Taku on July 6, 2009.

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