The New Bathrooms on Caltrain’s All-Electric Locomotives Look Amazing

Public tours of these new EMUs will start early next year.

Let’s talk about Caltrain’s new electric trains that are simply *chef’s kiss.* This past Saturday, the two all-electric trains, a.k.a an electric multiple units or “EMUs,” debuted on at the Fourth and King station in San Francisco. Caltrain — which is the oldest continually operating rail system west of the Mississippi — will soon see its fleet of EMUs forever change our ideas of mass transit. 

These “new high-performance” trains will produce much less noise than their diesel equivalents, as well as offer enhanced amenities that include new digital onboard displays, additional power outlets, energy-efficient lighting, and more. But aside from the fossil-fuel-free propulsion mechanisms boasted by these updated trains, they also include incredible bathrooms — far larger and more accessible than others found in antiquated Caltrain locomotives.


Like… just look at all that space! Compared to the cramped, outdated powder rooms currently inside the agency’s 29 locomotives, these are a welcomed treat. And they even include changing stations and ADA accessibility.

All in all, the introduction of these EMUs is a “momentous” moment. 

“An electrified Caltrain is a momentous accomplishment – not just for the Bay Area but the entire state,” said California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin at the debut event. “From cleaner air to enhanced speed and safety, the mobility, environmental, equity and economic benefits are immense. California is leading the nation in rapidly electrifying our transportation system, and Caltrain is at the front of the pack.”

These EMUs will go into service in 2024, and, until then, will be tested to “ensure they and the infrastructure they will rely upon, are in good working order,” according to a news release from the transit agency. However, public tours of the new vehicles are planned for early 2023, showing visitors just how Caltrain plans on electrifying the corridor from SF’s Station at 4th and King Streets to the Tamien Station in San Jose.

For now, we’ll just have to live vicariously through Caltrain’s ever-active Twitter account.

Feature Image: Courtesy of Twitter via @Caltrain

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