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British Rail Class 320

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British Rail Class 320
Class 320 Units 320306 and 320308 at Helensburgh Central railway station
In service1990 - present
ManufacturerBREL York
Family nameMark 3
Number built22 trainsets
Formation3 cars per trainset
Operator(s)First ScotRail
Maximum speed75mph (121 km/h)
WeightTotal -114.5 tonnes
Braking system(s)Air (Westcode)
Track gaugeStandard gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)
A Class 320 unit at Dalmuir platform 4, on a limited stop Helensburgh-Springburn via Glasgow Queen Street low level service, on the North Clyde Line.

The British Rail Class 320 is an alternating current (AC) electric multiple unit (EMU) train found on the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) rail network in Central Scotland, and is used exclusively on the North Clyde Line between Helensburgh and Airdrie, North Lanarkshire via Glasgow Queen Street railway station.

2010 Service[change | change source]

What with the introduction of the class 380 dsiros for the Inverclyde line, the class 334s will be put to service on the Airdrie to Bathgate route, the class 320s will be split between the cathcart circle lines and the Argyll line, 14 of the 1990 built EMUs will be put to work on the Glasgow - Newton, Neilston and Cathcart Circle lines, while the remaining units shall work alongside the class 318s on the North Clyde/Argyll lines. This can not happen without, the class 320s bogies being upgraded, currently, they have a 75 mph top speed, in November 2010 the class will be driven under their own power to WABTEC Doncaster by GBRF drivers where they will be given a full refurbishment scheme which shall include new seats, toilets fitted, painting into the new scotrail saltire livery and their top speed raised to 90 mph.