|This article needs additional citations for verification. (December 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|Formation||2 cars per trainset|
|Capacity||180 (61 seats)|
|Operator(s)||Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority|
|Line(s) served||Purple Line
|Car body construction||Stainless steel|
|Train length||450 ft (137.16 m) (6-car train)|
|Car length||75 ft (22.86 m)|
|Width||10 ft (3.05 m)|
|Height||12 ft (3.66 m)|
|Floor height||3.73 ft (1.14 m)|
|Maximum speed||70 mph (110 km/h)|
|Weight||80,000 pounds (36,290 kg)|
|Acceleration||3 mph/s (4.4 ft/s2; 1.3 m/s2)|
|Deceleration||2.2 mph/s (3.2 ft/s2; 0.98 m/s2)|
|Electric system(s)||650–950 V DC Third rail|
|Current collection method||Contact shoe|
|Safety system(s)||Automatic Train Control|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
The Breda A650 is an electric multiple unit heavy rail car purpose built for use on the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system. It was manufactured by Breda between 1988 and 1997 and is used on the Metro's Red and Purple Lines.
The fleet of 72 vehicles was supplied in two orders. The first vehicles (fleet numbers 501–530) were built between 1988 and 1993 and are propelled by a DC traction system supplied by Westinghouse. The remaining vehicles (fleet numbers 531–604), were built between 1995 and 1997 and include AC propulsion and intercar safety barriers. The acceleration for this last group of cars is almost identical to that of the 1000 series cars found on the Washington Metro because they both utilize the same General Electric traction motors.
The A650s are scheduled to be replaced by the CRRC-built HR4000 series trains in the early 2020s.
In popular culture
The Breda A650 was depicted as being burned in the tunnel between MacArthur Park and Metro Center in the 1997 film Volcano, when a lava flow through the tunnel killed nearly all on board. The A650 was featured in Speed when the emergency brake feature stops and the train derails. It is also featured in SWAT and The Italian Job. It is also seen taking a nosedive plummet from a mountain as the cataclysmic events of December 21, 2012, unfold in 2012. It is also featured in countless commercials and TV shows.
- "Los Angeles HRV" (PDF). AnsaldoBreda. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- "L.A. Metro inks pact with CRRC for up to 282 new rail cars". Progressive Railroading. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.