British Rail Class 360
|British Rail Class 360 "Desiro"|
A Heathrow Connect Class 360/2 Desiro
The interior of a Heathrow Connect Siemens Class 360/2 Desiro EMU
|In service||12 August 2003 - Current|
|Constructed||2002 - 2005
2007 - 2008 (Thailand)
|Number built||26 trainsets|
|Formation||3/4/5 cars per trainset|
|Fleet numbers||360101 - 360121
360201 - 360205
|Capacity||16 First, 264 Standard (360/1)
16 FIrst, 324 Standard (360/2)
State Railway of Thailand
|Car length||20.34 m (66 ft 9 in)|
|Width||2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)|
|Maximum speed||100 mph (161 km/h)|
|Weight||170 tonnes (167 long tons; 187 short tons)|
|Power output||1,550 kW (2,080 hp)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV AC Overhead|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Braking system(s)||Air regenerative|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
Unlike the South West Trains and West Coast Main Line Desiros, the Class 360 lacks inter-unit gangways. This was a late design change, as the Health and Safety Executive was not happy with the driver's visibility with the previous design's gangway cab for Driver Only Operation
The Class 360 is a modern unit with air conditioning, rapid acceleration technology with a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).
The Class 360 will do 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in about 45 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating train in the Greater Anglia fleet.
First Great Eastern ordered 21 4-car units to replace their elderly Class 312 slam-door units. They entered service in 2003, and by mid-2004 had completely replaced the old trains. They are primarily used on London Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea, Ipswich, and Colchester services and Manningtree to Harwich services, usually running as 4 carriages to Harwich and 8-12 carriages to Clacton-on-Sea and Ipswich. They also run to Walton on the Naze at peak times.
They do not run to Southend, Upminster, and Southminster due to restrictions and driver knowledge, they run to Braintree only in the morning, also rarely are seen on the branch in the day. In April 2004 First Group lost the franchise to the National Express Group, who operated the Great Eastern routes as part of their National Express East Anglia franchise. The franchise is now operated by Greater Anglia. Though operated by Greater Anglia, the Class 360 is not maintained by the franchise but is under contract from Siemens for routine maintenance at Ilford Depot near London.
All trains retain the blue First Group livery with vinyls removed. A white stripe was added in 2008 when the franchise was rebranded from One to National Express. 360115 was re-liveried into National Express livery by application of a vinyl wrap, this was removed by Greater Anglia in June 2012.
The toilets are being re-fitted with new flooring and repainted panels. All 21 360s were overhauled beneath the solebar at Northampton Depot.
Heathrow Connect runs five 5-car units operating London Paddington-Heathrow Airport stopping trains. They entered service on 12 June 2005. These units were originally intended as Class 350s for prospective spot hire. In 2010, one unit (360205) was transferred to Heathrow Express to operate its Heathrow Terminal 4 shuttle service.
Nine Desiro Class 360/2 units have been supplied for the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link (SARL) in Thailand. Four are four-car sets for Express services running non-stop from City Air Terminal at Makkasan to the airport. Another five sets are three-cars for City Line Service stopping at all stations from Phayathai to the airport. The air conditioning system on these trains is designed for the Thai climate, and the roof-mounted equipment pods are much larger than those on the UK units.
|Class||Cars per Set||No. Built||No. Range||Operator||Year Built|
|Class 360/1||4||21||360101-360121||Greater Anglia||2002–2003|
|Class 360/2||5||4||360201-360204||Heathrow Connect||2004–2005|
|Suvarnabhumi Airport Express||2007–2008|
|3||5||2012 - 2013 - 2011
2022 - 2023 - 2021
2032 - 2033 - 2031
2042 - 2043 - 2041
2052 - 2053 - 2051
|Suvarnabhumi Airport City Line|
Class 360/1 Desiro EMU in Greater Anglia livery at London Liverpool Street
Brand new Heathrow Connect Siemens Class 360/2 Desiro EMU No. 360203 at London Paddington, in the dedicated platform for Heathrow Connect services
The final member of the Heathrow Connect Siemens Class 360/2 Desiro EMU No. 360205 arrives at Southall, with a service bound for London
Desiro built for use on the Suvarnabhumi Airport Link
Inside Desiro Class 360/2 Suvarnabhumi Airport Link City Line Train
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