British Rail Class 504

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British Rail Class 504
British Rail Class 504 ManVic prior to Metrolink.jpg
A Class 504 train at Manchester Victoria station just weeks before closure for conversion to the Metrolink light rail system.
In service1959-1991
ManufacturerBR
Number built26 sets
power cars: M65436-M65461
driving trailers: M77157-M77182
Formationpower car + driving trailer
Operator(s)British Rail
Specifications
Car length133ft 3 1/2in
Width9ft 3in
Height12ft 7in
Maximum speed70mph 112 km/h
WeightTotal - 82 tons
Power outputsources disagree - see discussion page
Electric system(s)1,200V dc side contact third rail
Track gaugestandard gauge
A northbound Class 504 train in northern Manchester 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.

The 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.