British Rail Class 156

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British Rail Class 156 "Super-Sprinter"
Class 156 no. 156419 at Sudbury, newly repainted into the National Express East Anglia livery, with a service to Marks Tey
In service1987 - present
Family nameSprinter
Number built114 units
Formation2 car
Operator(s)East Midlands Trains
First ScotRail
National Express East Anglia
Northern Rail
Car length23m
Maximum speed75 mph
Prime mover(s)Cummins NT855-R5
Power output285 hp
Safety system(s)AWS, TPWS
Track gaugeStandard gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)

The British Rail Class 156 "Super-Sprinter" is a diesel multiple unit (DMU). A hundred and fourteen of these units were built from 1987 to 1989 by Metro-Cammell (now owned by Alstom) at their Washwood Heath Works in Birmingham. They were built to replace elderly First Generation "Heritage" DMUs and locomotive-hauled passenger trains.