British Rail Class 309
|British Rail Class 309|
Two Class 309 electric multiple units coupled together at London Liverpool Street. One of these is in Network SouthEast livery and the other is in "Jaffa Cake" livery with "Essex Express" branding.
|Formation||2/3/4 cars per trainset|
|Maximum speed||100 mph (160 km/h)|
Total - 99 tons (309/1) Only Total - 168 tons (309/2) OnlyTotal - 167 tons (309/3) Only
|Braking system(s)||Air (EP/Auto)|
|Gauge||Standard gauge (1,435 mm)|
The British Rail Class 309 "Clacton Express" electric multiple units (EMUs) were built by British Rail (BR) York Works from 1962-1963. They were initially classified as Class AM9 before the introduction of TOPS. These units were the first express 25 kV alternating current (AC) units to be built by British Rail, and British Rail's first EMUs to be capable of 100 mph.
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