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British Rail Class 319

British Rail Class 319
First Capital Connect refreshed Class 319/3 EMUs No. 319369 and 319368 at St. Albans
NameBritish Rail Class 319
Imagesize300px
CaptionFirst Capital Connect refreshed Class 319/3 EMUs No. 319369 and 319368 at St. Albans
Interiorimage319363 TSO Internal.JPG
Imagesize300px
InteriorcaptionThe refreshed interior of a Class 319/3 EMU
ManufacturerBREL York
Yearconstruction1987 - 1988, 1990
FamilyBR Second Generation (Mark 3)
OperatorFirst Capital Connect
Formation4 cars per trainset
Numberbuilt86 trainsets
LinesThameslink
Service1987 - Current
Maxspeed100 mph (44.7 m/s)
Gaugesgal=onallk=on
Electricsystem25 kV AC Overhead lines
750 V DC 3rd rail

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The British Rail Class 319 dual-voltage electric multiple units (EMU) were built by BREL York in two batches in 1987 88 and 1990. The trains were introduced for new north-south cross-London services from Bedford to Brighton, and since privatisation these services have been operated by Thameslink and First Capital Connect, the former franchise having been merged with the Great Northern section of the former WAGN franchise to form the latter train operating company on 1 April 2006 as a result of re-franchising. Class 319 units have dual-power pick-up, from either 25 kV alternating current (AC) overhead lines for services north of London, or 750 V direct current (DC) third rail to the south. However, some units were used only on outer suburban services in South London. The Class 325 postal units were based on the Class 319 units, with the same traction equipment and body design, but are fitted with cabs of the same design as the newer Class 365 and Class 465 Networker units.


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