The reference for locomotives and railcars
Highliner I and II
United States | 1971 | 366 produced
Metra Highliner I on 71st Street, Chicago
Metra Highliner I on 71st Street, Chicago
Steven Vance

The name “Highliner” refers to two generations of double-deck railcars that are very similar in terms of appearance and technology. Each railcar has a length of 85 feet and four traction motors with an hourly output of 160 hp each. The first generation was built to order by Illinois Central for service in southern Chicago. Between 1971 and 1979, 130 and 36 were built by the St. Louis Car Company and Bombardier, respectively, which are no longer in service. The second generation was delivered by Nippon Sharyō between 2005 and 2016.

VariantHighliner IHighliner II
ManufacturerSt. Louis Car Company, BombardierNippon Sharyō
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length85 ft 0 in
Empty weight140,000 lbs148,000 lbs
Adhesive weight140,000 lbs148,000 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system1,500 V
Hourly power640 hp (477 kW)
Continuous power600 hp (447 kW)
Top speed80 mph79 mph
Power Plant
Calculated Values
twin deck
last changed: 07/2023

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