Well, I finally hitched up with a Silverliner V.
Train No. 9563, the Temple U. to Bryn Mawr run that leaves Suburban Station at 5:14 was my ride.
I grabbed the seat behind what train nuts call the "railfan seat" at the front of the first car. It was quite an experience. Even though SEPTA has roped off the front two seats on the lead car in order to give the engineer more space outside the downsized driving cubicle, the view out of the train from the first half dozen seats was unique - I could see everything going on in front of the train, the switching, stations coming up, trains approaching and passing from the opposite direction. Did you know there is quite an uphill grade from Narberth to Bryn Mawr?
Then there was the room and access and ample railings to grab and bright feel provided my the huge windows that flooded in natural light. Oh, and the ride was smooth and the public address and television screens were easy to hear and follow.
Something's funny though. As Andrew Goodman, an associate at PennPraxis/PlanPhilly noted, it's telling that we are amazed at amenities that other transit riders have taken for granted for decades.
stored at the Philadelphia port due to lack of storage space at the Weccacoe plant. During April, five production cars were completed for delivery to SEPTA, where they will undergo final testing.