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A rendering of the Airport Express vehicle

The Nippon Sharyo FRA DMU is, as its name implies, an FRA (US Federal Railroad Administration) compliant Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) built for both the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) in California and Metrolinx (UP Express) in Ontario, Canada.

According to Nippon Sharyo these DMUs are convertible to electric traction.


  • Length: 85ft/car (mated into 2 or 3 units per trainset)
  • Top speed: 90mph (Restricted to 79mph for SMART)
  • Powertrain: Cummins QSK19-R, Tier 4 compliant, 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Power output: 760hp
  • Interior power: Powered by mix of engine power and regenerative braking.
  • Number built: 32 powered cars (18 for Metrolinx, 14 for SMART)

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