Welcome to the Metro Gold Line Car Wash

Jul 27, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Have you ever wondered how the Metro keeps their trains clean?

A Clean Train is much better than a Dirty Train!

A few days ago, I was among a fortunate few to be able to take a tour of Metro’s light rail maintenance yards, which included the Gold Line.  Included in the yards were the usual train parts, train lifts, and train engineers–but there was a car wash as well! Metro calls it a “car” wash because their trains are made up of individual cars.

It’s an automated system, which requires the piloted trains to get cleaned using a combination of man and machine. Interestingly enough, the train’s speed going through their cleansing is approximately 2mph.

2mph is all it takes!!

Like a typical car wash, as soon as the train enters, the water starts spraying it with a combination of water jets, soap, and cleanser.

I want a shower to clean off!!

Just like being in the shower to clean off—the Metro buses need their brushes also.

I need a quick shower!!

Next of course, is the piece de resistance –the rinse!

"Piece de Resistance"

Afterward, within minutes a sparkling clean train departs the “Train Wash” which will be left to drip dry in the lot:

Here I come, Baby

And the result is a sleek, clean, "green," mean machine:

After rinse

“Ain’t I Pretty?”

“Ain’t I Pretty?”

All the water used is saved, filtered, and reclaimed. The “car” wash isn’t only one of life’s necessities; the green efficiencies of this process cannot be ignored nor understated. At the Gold Line Maintenance Yard, cars are washed daily, both inside and out.

With an average of 24,219 weekday boarding’s there’s no doubt that the Gold Line trains get a daily workout.

Pictured above on the right, is the tried and true older model train still in use for the Gold Line; but on the left is the brand-spanking-new Silver model that’s soon coming to the Gold line stations, if not already.

If you’re interested in taking the tour of the Metro light rail maintenance yards, you still have time to sign up for the final tour, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 9am-1pm.

Kudos and a big shout out to the Metro for keeping their trains clean and ready for our daily, weekly, and monthly usage.

Who knew that Metro spent this kind of time and resources for our benefit? Next time you’re riding on their busses, subway, or rail, think about all the time and energy spent cleaning them, so please—don’t litter!

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4 Responses to “Welcome to the Metro Gold Line Car Wash”

  1. carla says:

    I love it that you can find so many things to do, see, photograph and enjoy. Something as simple as a train wash actually sounds exciting to see.


    LisaNewton Reply:

    @carla, I’m not sure it was exactly exciting, but it was interesting to know just how much work goes into keeping the trains clean. It’s a shame that people feel the need to just drop their trash where ever they are, even the floor of a train.


  2. Patricia says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.




    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Patricia, Welcome to Travelin’ Local, Patricia. As you can see, I’m also a lover of trains, just different variety. :)


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