Silverliner Vs delayed a month by collision at sea

Don’t blame SEPTA for the latest Silverliner V delay: The authority’s had to push back its construction schedule because of a tanker collision in Europe.

The ship, which will be carrying the first Silverliner V pilots to a manufacturing plant in South Philadelphia, hit a dock and is in China for repairs.

As a result, the cars, which were supposed to arrive this month, will most likely arrive at the end of February or the beginning of March, SEPTA project manager David Casper told the regional rail subcommittee of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

He said that the first production vehicle should be completed by June, with the 104th car completed by January 2011, and the 120th car completed by that March.

SEPTA has ordered 120 Silverliner Vs from United Transit Systems, a consortium of Hyundai-Rotem and Sojitz Corp., to replace 73 aging Silverliner IIs and Silverliner IIIs.

Casper told the subcommittee that the components to the Silverliner V have been holding up well in testing.

“It’s built quite well,” he said.

The article with Casper’s last update:

Posted by Anthony Campisi

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