In the Blue Line yards on Friday, a new Kinkisharyo train (at left) sits next to a train made up of the Nippon Sharyo P865 cars. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
A Kinkisharyo P3010 vehicle.
Interior of the new Kinkisharyo light rail vehicle. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
An old P865 vehicle that has been taken out of commission and is being stripped for parts to be used to help maintain the rest of the P865 fleet. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
Interior of the old P865 car seen in the photo above this one. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.
The old P865 cars en route from the port back in March 1989. Photo by Alan Weeks, via the Metro Library & Archive’s Flickr stream. More Blue Line pics in this album.
New rail cars are scheduled to begin rolling on the Blue Line on Monday morning (May 1). The Kinkisharyo P3010 cars have to date been used on the Gold Line and Expo Line, where they share track with older rail cars.
Most of the rail cars used on the Blue Line date back to when the line opened or the mid 1990s. Most have well over one million miles on them.
A single train of Kinkisharyo light rail cars is slated to debut tomorrow and will be followed by more in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Metro has also retired one of the original trains used on the Blue Line — as you can see in the pics, it’s in the Division 11 Blue Line rail yards in Long Beach being stripped of useful parts. The goal is to retire the oldest rail cars by the end of 2018.
Keep an eye out for the new Kinkisharyo train on the Blue Line Monday — and please share pics with us via Twitter or Instagram. The above pics and a few others can be downloaded from this album on our Flickr page.