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Thread: Subway/metro train types [Temp 2]

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    Jan 2003
    Santiago, Chile

    Subway/metro train types [Temp 2]

    Continuing on the subway/metro discusions:
    Which type of trains do you preffer or which does your city have?

    In Santiago, until now the entire system runs on trains with rubber tires on a track, but by the end of this year a new line will become operational and it will have steel wheel trains and tracks. For what I have seen; rubber tire wheels handle it quite well, and rarely make annoying screeshing noises when braking.

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    Cyburbian jordanb's avatar
    May 2003
    City of Low Low Wages!
    The principle reason to use steel wheels is to save on costs. They last much longer than rubber tires, and can even be grinded back into shape when they wear.

    Using rubber tires is a serious financial commitment, one that can not be changed once the trainsets are delivered, so the decision to use them depends on the long-term financial outlook of the agency.

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