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British Rail Class 483

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British Rail Class 483
A Class 483 at Shanklin
The refurbished interior of an Island Line Class 483 EMU.
In service1938–1988 on London Underground (as 1938 stock)
1989–2021 on Island Line
Family nameTube
ReplacedBritish Rail Classes 485 and 486
SuccessorBritish Rail Class 484
Formation2 cars per trainset
Capacity84 seats (2 car set)
Operator(s)Island Line
Depot(s)Ryde depot
Car length52 ft 3+34 in (15.94 m)
Maximum speed45 mph (72 km/h)
Weight55 t (54 long tons; 61 short tons) each 2 car set.
Power output500 kW (670 hp) total power per 2 car set.
Electric system(s)660 V DC 3rd rail[1]
Current collection methodContact shoe
Multiple workingWithin class
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The British Rail Class 483 electrical multiple units were originally built by Metro-Cammell as 1938 tube stock units for London Underground. They were extensively refurbished between 1989 and 1992 by Eastleigh Works, for use on services on the Isle of Wight's Island Line. This was despite having already worked for nearly fifty years on the London Underground. The units replaced the even older and life-expired Class 485 and Class 486 units, which were introduced in 1967, but were originally built as 'Standard' stock units for the London Electric Railway in 1923.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Route Specifications 2016 Wessex" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 May 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2021.

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