CAF 5000 Series 5037
Location: Diagonal, Barcelona, Spain
Operator of Vehicle: Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)
Date of Photo: June 6, 2008
Based on the fact that this website’s Washington, DC section is one of the largest that I have, my guess is most people expect to see photos of WMATA rolling stock when they hear about a CAF 5000 Series. Well if that is what you were expecting to see here, surprise! WMATA doesn’t have the world’s only CAF 5000 Series cars, and the March Rail Photo of the Month features one of the other ones. Specifically, this CAF built 5000 Series train operates in Barcelona. Thirty-nine of these trains were delivered starting in 2005 and currently operate on lines 3 and 5.
While these trains operate a world away from their Washington cousins, they do have some similarities. Both the Barcelona and DC systems have automatic train operation and their 5000 series trains both have on board diagnostics systems. However, there are also some notable differences. Barcelona’s Metro uses overhead catenary lines to power its trains whereas Washington has an electrified third rail. The Barcelona 5000 Series also has open gangways between each car, while the DC 5000 Series cars are in married pairs with no internal passage between the cars (except in emergencies). Finally, to my knowledge, there are no plans to replace the Barcelona 5000 Series any time soon, while the incoming Kawasaki 7000 Series cars will ultimately force the retirement of the CAF 5000 Series in DC.
For more photos of Barcelona’s CAF 5000 Series railcars, please click here.