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British Rail Class 373

British Rail Class 373
373 218 approaching Chambéry
PowertypeElectric
NameBritish Rail Class 373 Eurostar
TGV TMST
Imagesize300px
InteriorimageEurostar Leisure Select Seats.jpg
InteriorcaptionThe interior of a Class 373
Caption373 218 approaching Chambéry
Background#FFCF81
ManufacturerGEC-Alsthom, BN
FamilyTGV
Yearconstruction1992 - 1996
OperatorEurostar
SNCF
Formation20 cars (Three Capitals)
16 cars (North of London)
Numberbuilt31 trainsets (Three Capitals)
7 trainsets (North of London)
CarbodySteel
Service1993 - Present
Weight752 t (752000 kg) (Three Capitals, empty)
815 t (815000 kg) (Three Capitals, loaded)
665 t (665000 kg) (North of London)
Carlength18.7 m (18700 ftin)
Width2.81 m (2810 ftin)
Capacity750 seats (Three Capitals)
558 seats (North of London)
Maxspeed300 km/h (186.4 mph) (Service)
334.7 km/h (208 mph) (Record)
Poweroutput12.2 MW (12200 ftin) (25 kV and 3000 V)
5.7 MW (5700 ftin) (1500 V) 
3.4 MW (3400 ftin) (750 V)
Gaugesgal=onallk=on
Powersupply(?)
CollectionmethodPantograph
or Contact shoe (for third rail only)
ElectricsystemOverhead lines,  
3000 V DC, 1500 V DC
Third rail, 750 V DC
UicclassBo'Bo'+Bo'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'+2'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'Bo'+Bo'Bo'
Bo'Bo'+Bo'2'2'2'2'2'2'2'+2'2'2'2'2'2'2'Bo'+Bo'Bo'

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The British Rail Class 373 or TGV-TMST train is an electric multiple unit that operates Eurostar's high-speed rail service between Britain, France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel. Part of the TGV family, it has a smaller cross-section to fit within the constrictive British loading gauge, was originally able to operate on the UK third rail network, and has extensive fireproofing in case of fire in the tunnel. This is both the longest-394 m (244.8 mph)-and fastest train in regular UK passenger service.

Known as the 'TransManche Super Train' (Cross-channel Super Train) during development up until start of service in 1993, the train is designated Class 373 under the British TOPS classification system and as series 373000 TGV in France. It was built by GEC-Alsthom (now Alstom) at its sites in La Rochelle (France), Belfort (France) and Washwood Heath (UK) and by Brugeoise et Nivelles (BN, now part of Bombardier) in Brugge.


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