|Credit: Stadler Rail Group|
The Stadler KISS (recently re-branded KISS160) as configured for Caltrain is a high-performance train that will have no issues sharing the corridor with high-speed rail.
- Power: 6000 kW (8000+ hp)
- Acceleration: 1 m/s2 from 540 kN (implying a loaded mass of 540 metric tons)
- Braking: rated at 8000 kW, with most of the energy fed back into the electric grid
- Vehicle width: 3 meters (comfortably inside US loading gauge)
- Maximum speed: 110 mph
- Straight sides, taking full advantage of US loading gauge, unlike European KISS
The six-car EMU shown in the brochure features dual boarding height doors throughout, to share platforms with high-speed rail and to enable Caltrain to transition gradually to gap-free level boarding, to cut down dwell times for the blended system. The train consists of the following:
|Parameter||Car 1||Car 2||Car 3||Car 4||Car 5||Car 6||Total|
|Number of powered axles||2||4||0||4||0||2||12|
|Seats, lower level||38||23||6||38||6||38||149|
|Seats, upper level||52||52||60||52||60||52||328|
|Seats, intermediate level||10+2||10||10+16||10||10+16||10+2||96|
The layout for all six cars can be viewed by zooming into the original PDF brochure, or more conveniently as individual graphics extracted below.
The seating diagrams reveal that the ADA bathroom displaces 15 seats.
Interestingly, the Stadler diagrams show two wheelchair spaces on the lower level of every car, which appears to imply that ADA wheelchair lifts would be provided in every car to cross between the lower and intermediate levels of each car.
Caltrain's order from Stadler includes options for another 96 cars, which are planned to be exercised to expand the fleet to 24 trains and lengthen all trains to 8 cars or about 200 m long.
With the seating layout and train car dimensions defined, it is possible to predict the seating capacity of an 8-car train. The basic 6-car train already has all the traction equipment, so the two extra cars would likely be trailer cars similar to cars 3 and 5 above, except without the bike storage area on the lower level. Each of these extra cars would have 60 seats on the upper level, 46 seats on the lower level, and 26 seats on the intermediate level, for a total of 264 added seats. This would bring each train's ultimate capacity to 837 seats and 80 bikes, with plenty of additional space for standees.