British Rail Class 508

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British Rail Class 508
Class 508 at Liverpool Lime Street
In service 1979 - Current
Manufacturer BREL York
Refurbishment 27 Merseyrail sets 2002-2004
BRML Eastleigh
Number built 43 trainsets
Formation 3 cars per trainset (originally 4 cars)
Capacity 192 seats (Merseyrail refurbished)
230 seats (Southeastern/London Overground)
Operator(s) Merseyrail
London Overground
Car length 19.80 m
Width 3.58 m
Height 2.82 m
Maximum speed 75 mph (121 km/h)
Weight 104.5 t
Power output 656 kW
Electric system(s) 750 V DC 3rd rail
Track gauge 1,435 mm
508138 bearing the 'Revised' livery, one of six 508s to receive this colourful variant.
A Class 508 in Connex livery leaving Norwood Junction.
508301 arrives at London Euston in October 2007, one month before becoming part of the London Overground fleet.
A Silverlink 508 at South Hampstead.

The British Rail Class 508 electric multiple units ("EMUs") were built by BREL at York works in 1979-80. They were the fourth variety of BR's then-standard 1972 design for suburban EMUs, eventually encompassing 755 vehicles and five classes (313/314/315/507/508). They have mostly worked on the Merseyrail network since 1983, and continue to do so, now refurbished by Alstom's Eastleigh Works.

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