British Rail Class 357

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British Rail Class 357 "Electrostar"
357036 at Southend Central.jpg
Class 357, no. 357036, at Southend Central on 29th March 2003. This unit is painted in c2c livery. This class operate all c2c passenger services.
In service2000–present
ManufacturerADtranz Derby (now Bombardier)
Family nameElectrostar
Number built74 trainsets
Formation4 cars per trainset
Capacity282 seats
Car length20.75 m
Width2.80 m
Height3.78 m
Maximum speed100 mph (161 km/h)
Weight157.6 t
Power output3x560 = 1680 kW
Electric system(s)25 kV AC Overhead
Track gauge1,435 mm

The British Rail Class 357 "Electrostar" alternating current (AC) electric multiple units (EMU) were built by ADtranz, Derby (now owned by Bombardier Transportation) from 1999 to 2003 at a cost of approximately £350 million.[1][2] The Electrostar family also includes Classes 375, 376, 377 and 378, and is the most numerous type of EMU built in the post-privatisation period of Britain's railways. These units were built in two batches for LTS Rail, since rebranded as c2c. This train is also known as one of the worst British rail trains.

References[change | change source]

  1. "UK Business Park – UK Activity Report – ADtranz". UK Business Park. 5 March 1997. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2009.
  2. c2c. "c2c Online – Progress on c2c's new train fleet". Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.