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SEPTA Silverliner Cars Expected to Begin Returning in Late August

Philadelphia’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced Aug. 3 that it expects to return its 120 Silverliner V railcars to service on a regular basis starting in late August, following repairs to address a structural defect.

“We sincerely regret the inconvenience to customers resulting from the recent railcar shortage,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. “A fast but exhaustive investigation has produced valuable information on how to create a new and improved design for these equalizer beams. SEPTA can now look forward to restoring full service starting later this summer.”

Approximately 10 Silverliner V cars will be put back into service each week, starting the week of Aug. 21, with all of the cars expected to be back in service the week of Nov. 6. The Silverliner Vs represent approximately one-third of SEPTA’s regional rail fleet.

SEPTA will continue maximizing its available rail fleet in addition to leasing railcars from Amtrak, New Jersey Transit Corporation and the Maryland Transit Administration.

SEPTA pulled all its Silverliner V vehicles from service on July 1 after maintenance personnel discovered a cracked equalizer beam on one railcar. Inspections showed that 115 of the 120 cars had fatigue cracks, most hairline-sized, in the equalizer beams, which are part of the suspension system that distributes the vehicle’s weight to its axles.

Railcar manufacturer Hyundai Rotem, working with SEPTA, will replace all equalizer beams on the cars, which will undergo fatigue and related tests before being cleared for service.
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