MF 88

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MF 88
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In service 1993 - Current
Manufacturer Alstom, Faiveley, Renault, ANF
Number built 27 cars
Formation 3 per trainset
Capacity 425 per car
Operator(s) RATP
Line(s) served Paris Métro Paris Métro Line 7bis
Specifications
Train length 45,440 mm (149 ft 1.0 in)
Maximum speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
Traction system GTO
Power output 840 kW (1,130 hp)
Electric system(s) 750 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Contact shoe
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The MF 88 is a steel-wheel variant of electric multiple units used on Paris's Métro system. RATP contracted a consortium of manufacturers together following successful tests of the BOA prototype, with Ateliers du Nord de la France (now Bombardier Transportation) in charge of the project.

A total of nine train-sets were built, which currently operate on Line 7bis in a three-car formation. The high rate of wear-and-tear of the train-sets has made maintenance much more expensive than expected. This is because of the design flaw in the chassis, it has one axle which is very unusual. It was speculated that they were likely to be replaced by spare MF 67s, which in turn were replaced by the MF 2000. However, this plan has been abandoned and it is unclear if the trains will be considered for a mid-life refurbishment. (From fr:MF 88).

Interior of the MF 88

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Manufacturers: Alstom, Faiveley, Renault, ANF
  • Electric source: 750 V DC third rail
  • Traction: GTO (Gate Turn Off)
  • Power: 2 motors per motor coach of 210 kW (280 hp), 840 kW (1,130 hp) per train
  • Maximum speed: 70 km/h (43 mph)
  • Bogies: Bi-Directional
  • Length: 46.44 metres (152 ft 4 38 in)
  • Train-set: M-B-M