British Rail Class 378

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British Rail Class 378 "Capitalstar"
In serviceJanuary 2009
ManufacturerBombardier Transportation
Family nameElectrostar
Number built54 trainsets (on order)
Formation4 cars per trainset
Operator(s)London Overground
Line(s) servedNorth London line
East London line
West London line
Watford DC line
Specifications
Electric system(s)Class 378/0: 25 kV AC/750 V DC
Class 378/1: 750 V DC
Track gaugeStandard gauge

The Class 378 Capitalstar[1] is a type of electric multiple unit that has been ordered for the new London Overground network and franchise. The type is derived from the Class 376 trains currently used by Southeastern, and part of the Electrostar family, but featuring significant differences. Primarily, the Class 378 will feature fully longitudinal seating similar to that used on London Underground rolling stock, which is necessary for the high passenger volume services expected to be run on London Overground. The units will be constructed by Bombardier Transportation, and were initially announced as coming in two separate batches.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Pritchard, R (November 2008). "TfL's first Class 378 ready to roll!". Today's Railways UK. Platform 5. p. 32. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. TfL awards £223 million new trains contract