British Rail Class 323

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British Rail Class 323
London Midland Class 323.jpg
London Midland liveried 323201 stands at Birmingham New Street.
In service 1992 - present
Manufacturer Hunslet TPL
Number built 43
Formation Three car
Capacity End Units 98 seats
Central Unit 88 seats
Total capacity 284 seats[1]
Operator(s) Northern
London Midland
Car length End Units 23.37 m
Central Unit 23.44 m
Width 2.80 metres (9.2 ft)
Height 3.78 metres (12.4 ft)
Maximum speed 90 mph (140 km/h)
Weight 119.8 tonnes
Power output 1.168 MW
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC Overhead
Braking system(s) Regenerative Air Brake
Track gauge Standard gauge 1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Class 323, no. 323209 waiting at Birmingham New Street on 24th September 2003. This unit was operated by Central Trains (now London Midland) and is painted in Centro livery.

The British Rail Class 323 electric multiple units were built by Hunslet TPL from 1992-93. Forty-three 3-car units were built for inner-suburban services around Birmingham and Manchester. These trains were the last vehicles to be built by the struggling manufacturer Hunslet before it collapsed.

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  1. This number excludes 323223-323225 as these three trains, leased by Northern Rail, have 40 seats removed and replaced with luggage racks for passengers travelling to and from Manchester Airport.