British Rail Class 499

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British Rail Class 499
In service 1958
Manufacturer BR Eastleigh
Number built 6
Formation single car
Operator British Rail
Specifications
Maximum speed 90mph 145km/h

British Rail allocated Class 499 to a fleet of six luggage vans used in electric multiple unit formations on boat train services between London and Dover. They were allocated Southern Region class TLV (meaning Trailer Luggage Van).

They were converted from former Brake Gangwayed (BG) vehicles in 1968 to supplement the Class 419 Motor Luggage Van fleet. However, following the decline of boat train traffic, they were all stored in 1975. After a period in use as match wagons for transferring new Class 432 and 491 units from York Works, they were all taken into departmental stock initially as stores vans, but later as breakdown train tool vans.

Number Status
As EMU Previous Departmental
68201 80915 975611 In service
68202 80918 975613 In service
68203 80922 975612 In service
68204 80925 975614 Scrapped (1996)
68205 80942 975610 Scrapped (1996)
68206 80951 975615 In service

Registered London Underground Stock[edit]

After 1994, Railtrack allocated Class 499 to identify London Underground electric multiple units used on its lines, in particular the sets used on the Bakerloo line services to Harrow and Wealdstone. However, this did not involve any renumbering of the actual stock involved, and was merely for electronic records.

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