METRA Cab/Commuter Car #8726
The Gallery Car, also known as a Bi-level Car, is a passenger rail car that has two levels of passenger seating and is commonly used in mass transit or commuter lines all over the U.S., except the Northeast where tunnel and bridge clearances will not allow it. The large center door allowed for quickly loading and unloading passengers. The cars were built with heating, air-conditioning, and lighting to be provided by head-end power from the locomotive, rather than from a generator on board the car itself. This saved space under the car and better accommodated the bi-level seating along with saving overall car weight. The open gallery design of the seating area not only increased seating capacity but also allowed the Conductor to make one pass through the car to be able to collect fares from passengers sitting on either the upper or lower levels. They were also designed for push-pull operation, with several cars being equipped with a Control Cab where an Engineer could run the train backwards without the need to switch the locomotive to the other end. Some of the mechanical attributes include: Steel construction, grease bearings, HEP, electric heat, A/C, restroom, push/pull cab (cab equipment intact), high capacity seating, serviceable wheels. Car does have some corrosion on side sheets.