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British Rail Class 319

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British Rail Class 319
Arriva Rail North 319370 at Huyton in 2018
In service1987 - present
ManufacturerBREL York
Number built86 trainsets
Number scrapped13
Formation4 cars per trainset
Operator(s)Northern trains
Line(s) servedAbbey Line
Liverpool to Manchester Lines
Liverpool to Wigan Line
Maximum speed100 mph (161 km/h)
Electric system(s)25 kV AC Overhead lines or 750 V DC 3rd rail
Track gaugeStandard gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)

The British Rail Class 319 dual-voltage electric multiple units (EMU) were built by BREL York in two batches from 1987–88 and 1990. The trains were introduced for new north-south cross-London services from Bedford to Brighton, and since privatisation these services have been operated by Thameslink and First Capital Connect, the former franchise having been merged with the Great Northern section of the former WAGN franchise to form the latter train operating company at 0200 BST on 1 April 2006 as a result of re-franchising. Class 319 units have dual power pick-up, from either 25 kV alternating current (AC) overhead lines for services north of London, or 750 V direct current (DC) third rail to the south. However, some units were only used on outer suburban services in South London. The Class 325 postal units were based on the Class 319 units, with the same traction equipment and body design, but are fitted with cabs of the same design as the newer Class 365 and Class 465 Networker units.

Since delivery of new rolling stock for Thameslink services started in 2015, a number of Class 319 units have been redeployed for use on other operators' services, including in the North West of England. In 2017, the last Thameslink units were withdrawn and were replaced by Class 700s.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Thameslink withdraws last units". 1 September 2017. Archived from the original on 15 September 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.