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 service1992 - present
ManufacturerHunslet TPL
Number built43
FormationThree car
CapacityEnd Units 98 seats
Central Unit 88 seats
Total capacity 284 seats[1]
London Midland
Car lengthEnd Units 23.37 m
Central Unit 23.44 m
Width2.80 metres (9.2 ft)
Height3.78 metres (12.4 ft)
Maximum speed90 mph (140 km/h)
Weight119.8 tonnes
Power output1.168 MW
Electric system(s)25 kV AC Overhead
Braking system(s)Regenerative Air Brake
Track gaugeStandard 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.