British Rail Class 504
A Class 504 train at Manchester Victoria station just weeks before closure for conversion to the Metrolink light rail system.
In service 1959-1991 Manufacturer BR Number built 26 sets power cars: M65436-M65461 driving trailers: M77157-M77182 Formation power car + driving trailer Operator(s) British Rail Car length 133ft 3 1/2in Width 9ft 3in Height 12ft 7in Maximum speed 70mph 112 km/h Weight Total - 82 tons Power output sources disagree - see discussion page Electric system(s) 1,200V dc side contact third rail Track gauge standard gauge
A northbound Class 504 train in northern
just weeks before closure for conversion to the Metrolink light rail system. The preparatory earthworks for Metrolink's overhead wire supports can be seen on both sides of the tracks.
British Rail Class 504 was a unique type of electric multiple unit that ran on 1200 V DC third rail with side-contact current collection. The type was used only between Manchester and Bury.