In Service: Long Island Rail Road (2002 - Present Day), Metro North Railroad (2004 - Present Day).
Series: The Metropolitan "M" Series.
Replaced: The Budd M1.
The M7 is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) car manufactured by Bombardier. This specific model was built for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for use on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Railroad. 836 cars were produced for the LIRR while 336 were produced for Metro-North. They're congfigured in married pairs, with one 'A' car being paired with one 'B' car.
The M7 has a 2-3 seating arrangement. An 'A' car has 110 seats, while the 'B' car sacrifices 9 seats to make space for the ADA compliant bathroom. M7's do have outlets, but not on every seat. They're near the door (pic coming soon.)
There are two types of M7's. The M7 and the M7A. The M7 is used by the LIRR and the M7A is used by Metro-North. They're fraternal twins, as they have different cosmetic feautures, as well as functionality features that set them apart.
The M7 is one of my favorite if not my favorite piece of train equipment out there. It has shaped a considerable part of my childhood, the propulsion is godly, the announcements are nice, and to me, it's fast. But it has some flaws. It's very bouncy, super freaky when it's going 70 mph (especially on the Babylon branch because it's elevated and all that), and looking out the window is just hit or miss. Sometimes you find a clear-ish window while sometimes you find a fucked up window. If you want to know what it looks like looking out the fucked up window, take 40 grit sandpaper, sand a pair of protective glasses, and put them on. Even though this is one of my favorite trains, I rate it a 7.5/10.
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