Sèrie 2000/2100

On the occasion of the Olympic Games, and for the upcoming inauguration of line 2, in April 1991 Metroplità de Barcelona (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), contracted Gec-Alshthom, CAF and ABB Tracción to build the 2000 series, 6 triple trains (for value of 3,100 million pesetas) consisting of two motor cars and a trailer. The most notable and innovative fact was the circulation corridor that allowed people to go from end to end of the train, crossing the cars and allowing better distribution of the passengers. The 2000 series was born as an extension of the 4000 series project.

The first order was placed in 1991 and the first unit was received in 1992. Due to the delay in the works on L2, the trains were temporarily allocated to L3 and L5. Initially these convoys traveled with formations of 3 cars (MA1-R-MA2).

Built by CAF and Alstom, the 2000 series maintains the same CAF mechanical project, which was defined in the previous 3000 and 4000 series. But the equipment installed is of the latest generation. This first series 2000 was numbered from 2001 to 2024, the 24 motor cars, and from 2301 to 2306, the 6 trailer cars.

Each MA1 and MA2 motor car is supported by two twin-engine bogies and the trailer by two bogies without engines, which are interchangeable with each other. The wheels are monoblock and soundproof. The commercial speed is 30 km/h and they could reach a speed of 90 km/h.

Composed of three cars, they allowed the transport of 510 people, 90 of them seated and 420 standing, and have an area for people with reduced mobility. The cars are equipped with air conditioning and illuminated line graphics, indicate the stations passed (fixed light) and the next station (intermittent light).

The interior design of this series was commissioned by designers Miguel Milà and Rafael Montero.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the second section of line 2 from Sagrada Familia to La Pau, in September 1997, the 2100 series was created with 12 motor cars, in order to convert the trains of this line into a five-fold formation. One of the exterior differences between the 2000 and 2100 series is that the latter does not have a door on the front. In addition, the 2100 series incorporates a high voltage IGBT inverter (ONIX 1500), computerized auxiliary control (AGATE LINK), maximum width intercirculation corridor (HUBNER), walkways for the evacuation of passengers between trains and the driver’s cabin is soundproofed.

On November 30, 2000, the contract was signed for the acquisition of 6 new trains of the 2100 series for a value of 6 billion pesetas.

Other rolling stock from Barcelona metro

Sèrie 500

Sèrie 3000/4000

Sèrie 5000

Sèrie 6000

Sèries 7000/8000

Sèrie 9000

Manufacturer: CAF / Meinfesa / GEC-ALSTHOM (Spain)

Years of production: 1991—1997

Production: 105 units (2000 and 2100)

Length: 16 500 mm

Width: 2710 mm

Height: 3552 mm

Track gauge: 1435 mm

Capacity (5 cars): 706 passengers (162 seats)

Maximum speed: 90 km/h

Type of current and voltage: 1200 V (DC)

Weight: 48.07 t

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