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Safety features of new Metrolink cars

After the 2005 Metrolink crash in Glendale, the agency acquired crash-resistant cars that include crush zones at both ends to absorb most of the force of a collision at up to 35 mph. New seating arrangements and crushable tables also help keep passengers safer.

Bumper

Coupler

Collapsible
components

All seats face one way; no tables

Crush
zone

Crush
zone

Supports

Bumper

Couplers

The bumper, crushable
horizontal supports and
underframe absorbers
(not shown here)
mitigate the impact,
moving back an
additional 27 inches.

As the trains collide, the
couplers engage. The
cab car coupler slides
back 23 inches,
absorbing much of the
crash impact.

When the cab car is
controlling and leading
the train, all passen-
gers are seated facing
backward.

Engineer

Collapsible
components

Seating

Seating

When one train hits another, a series of devices are engaged to protect the engineer and
passengers.

Piston-like shock absorbers
allow the crush zone to move
back with the force of impact.

Device connects with impacting
car and then pushes back. It
includes a sliding sill to ease
movement.

Underframe absorber

Crushable space

Coupler

Both the front and rear of the new cars have an area designed to crumple in case of a crash and
absorb most of the impact.

Crush zones

Wheelchairs

Driver

Crushable tables

Wheelchairs

Bicycles

Bicycles

Crush
zone

Crush
zone

Crush
zone

Crush
zone

Rear

Front

Cab car rear

Total movement: 30 inches

Cab car crash sequence

Cab car front

Total movement: 50 inches

Trailer car

Cab car

Sources: Metrolink, Times reporting. Graphic by Matt Moody Los Angeles Times


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