IE 8500, 8510 and 8520 Classes

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IE 8500 Class
Howth Junction railway station in 2007.jpg
8601 leads into Howth Junction
In service 2001
Manufacturer Tokyu Car Corporation
Family name Tokyu Commuter
Number built 4 trainsets
Formation 4 cars per trainset
Operator DART
Specifications
Electric system(s) 1,500V DC Overhead wires
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
See Rail gauge in Ireland
IE 8510 Class
8700 EMU - 8614.jpg
8510 Class EMU
In service 2003
Manufacturer Tokyu Car Corporation
Family name Tokyu Commuter
Number built 3 trainsets
Formation 4 cars per trainset
Operator DART
Specifications
Electric system(s) 1,500V DC Overhead wires
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
See Rail gauge in Ireland
IE 8520 Class
DART Connolly.jpg
8628 leads into Dublin Connolly
In service 2004/5
Manufacturer Tokyu Car Corporation
Family name Tokyu Commuter
Number built 10 trainsets
Formation 4 cars per trainset
Operator DART
Specifications
Electric system(s) 1,500V DC Overhead wires
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
See Rail gauge in Ireland

The 8500, 8510 and 8520 classes are three related types of EMU used by Iarnród Éireann on the DART network in Dublin. The total fleet numbers a total of 17 four-car trains, all of which were constructed by the Tokyu Car Corporation.

8500 Class[edit]

The 8500 class were delivered in 2001 and were the first four car units to be used on the DART network. They are numbered in the sequence 860X+850X+850Y+860Y. Like all DART units, the 8500 class are maintained at Fairview depot, and are also stabled at Bray.

8510 Class[edit]

The 8510 class was delivered in 2003 as three 4-car trains supplementing the original 8500 Class. Vehicles are numbered in the sequence 861X+851X+851Y+861Y. The most visible difference between the 8510s and the 8500 Class is the passenger information system which is installed in the 8510s. They are capable of operating in multiple with the 8500 and 8520 classes The units are maintained at Fairview depot.

8520 Class[edit]

The 8520 class was introduced in 2004; there are ten of these sets.[1] The units can be seen working in multiple with an 8500 or 8510 though usually with another 8520 unit. They were the first units to carry the revised DART logo and also the first to be fully air conditioned. They can be distinguished from the previous 8500s and 8510s by the profile of the bodyshell, which is more rectangular, and by the lack of opening windows in the passenger seating area.

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator Number Year Built Cars per Set Unit nos.
8500 Class DART 4 2001 4 8601/02 - 8607/08
8510 Class 3 2003 8611/12 - 8615/16
8520 Class 10 2004 8621/22 - 8639/40

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