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Inside The Hitachi Rail Car Assembly Plant In Medley

If you’ve never darkened the doorway of a train manufacturing plant, it’s understandable to at first mistake Medley’s Hitachi facility for a contemporary art museum and the first three of 136 Metrorail cars being assembled there now to replace Miami-Dade’s fleet as a unique exhibit.

Everything in the airy 140,400-square-foot plant is spotless, from an elevated ceiling latticed with steel to a glossy concrete floor. It’s quiet; the three cars in production seem artistically placed; and stairways leading to concrete pits, train tracks across the building and a north-to-south rolling platform to transfer cars out of the building onto a platform are equally pleasing to the eye.

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