British Rail Class 360
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|British Rail Class 360 Desiro|
The interior of a Greater Anglia Siemens Class 360/1 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)|
|Acceleration||0.98 m/s2 (3.2 ft/s2)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV 50 Hz 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 has air conditioning, rapid acceleration technology, and a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h).
First Great Eastern ordered 21 4-car units to replace its elderly Class 312 slam-door units. They entered service in August 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 Town services. They also run to Walton-on-the-Naze at peak times.
In April 2004 FirstGroup lost the franchise to the National Express Group, which operated the Great Eastern routes as part of its 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.
These are to be replaced by Bombardier Aventra units entering service between 2019-2020, which means that the class 360/1s will be passed on to another company. It has not yet been announced where they will be passed on to.
Heathrow Connect normally runs five 5-car units operating London Paddington-Heathrow Airport stopping trains. For a period in early 2016, service was suspended to facilitate the use of the Class 360 trains on the Heathrow Express service, whose Class 332s had been taken out of service for safety reasons.
The trains 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.
Accidents and incidents
|Class||Cars per Set||No. Built||No. Range||Operator||Year Built||Remark|
|Class 360/1||4||21||360101-360121||Greater Anglia||2002–2003|
|Class 360/2||5||4||360201-360204||Heathrow Connect||2004–2005|
|State Railway of Thailand||2007–2008||for Express Line service|
|3||5||2012 - 2013 - 2011
2022 - 2023 - 2021
2032 - 2033 - 2031
2042 - 2043 - 2041
2052 - 2053 - 2051
|for City Line service|
Class 360/1 Desiro EMU in unbranded First Great Eastern livery with Abellio Greater Anglia white stripe added on the side 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
Inside Desiro Class 360/2 Suvarnabhumi Airport Link City Line Train
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to British Rail Class 360.|
- Desiro UK Class 360 Multiple Unit - Siemens Mobility. Page 37. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- Class 360 - National Express East Anglia - Siemens. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Bangkok Desiro deliveries begin", Railway Gazette International, 10 September 2007.
- "Derailment of an empty passenger train at Paddington station 25 May 2014" (PDF). Rail Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 17 June 2016.