Sèrie S/5000

On May 9, 2005, the first unit of this 5000 series arrived in the Metro of Barcelona (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), at the Vilapiscina garage. This series was made up of 39 units and was contracted for a value of 214 million euros to CAF. Of these, 33 were used to replace the old 1000 series units that equipped the L5 and reinforce it to cover the extension between Horta and Vall d’Hebron. L2 and L3 will receive three more units to cover the extensions to Badalona and Nou Barris, respectively.

The composition is MA1-MB1-R-MB2-MA2, where MA is control car, MB motor intermediate trailer and R intermediate trailer car.

On July 11, 2005, the first train of this series circulated in commercial service, it began to do so during off-peak hours, providing service as another train on the line. It had previously circulated in tests without admitting travelers.

The convoys of this series have 4 motor cars and 1 trailer. Each car has 4 access doors on each side.

The train communicates between the cars through a corridor that allows passage through the interior. It also has integrated air conditioning and maximum interior soundproofing, which makes traveling in them a pleasure due to the silence it generates. The trains have spaces for people with reduced mobility.

In terms of safety, the ATP-ATO protection systems and information systems are incorporated into the train: the carriages have a visual and acoustic annunciator of stations and door closing.

At a more technical level, highlight the pneumatic suspension and soundproof wheels, electric brake with a high energy recovery rate and high-performance electronic traction chain to avoid losses due to heat production as much as possible. The new pneumatic suspension will reduce the vibratory impact of the train on the track, and therefore, the level of vibrations transmitted to the outside.

The trains were built in the CAF factory in Zaragoza (Aragon), except for the bogies, which were made in Beasain (Guipúzcoa, Euskadi)

The trains were prepared for future automated driving, without a driver. The train has an aluminum body (weight reduction) and compared to conventional steel trains, energy savings and a great improvement have been achieved in terms of corrosion.

Train safety was increased with video surveillance, fire detection and energy absorption systems in the event of a crash. The train controls are fully computerized and they also have 6 monitors per car for video information. In total, the installations implemented have involved 116,105 meters of cable per train.

There are 108 seats per trainset (5 cars), giving a total passenger capacity of 927.

Other rolling stock from Barcelona metro

Sèrie 500

Sèrie 2000/2100

Sèrie 3000/4000

Sèrie 6000

Sèries 7000/8000

Sèrie 9000

Manufacturer: CAF / Mitsubishi (Spain)

Years of production: 2005—2007

Production: 39 trainsets

Length: 17,803 mm

Width: 2710 mm

Height: 3860 mm

Track gauge: 1435 mm

Capacity (trainset with 5 cars): 927 passengers (108 seats)

Power: 4× 125 kW

Continuous power: 2200 kW

Type of current and voltage: 1200 V (DC)

Maximum speed: 80 km/h

Weight: 34.24 t


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