British Rail Class 360

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British Rail Class 360 Desiro
360204 at Ealing Broadway.jpg
A Heathrow Connect Class 360/2 Desiro
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The interior of a Heathrow Connect Siemens Class 360/2 Desiro EMU
In service 12 August 2003 - Current
Manufacturer Siemens
Family name Desiro
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)[1]
16 First, 324 Standard (360/2)
Operator(s) Abellio Greater Anglia
Heathrow Express
Heathrow Connect
State Railway of Thailand
Car length 20.34 m (66 ft 9 in)
Width 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)
Height ?
Maximum speed 100 mph (161 km/h)
Weight 170 tonnes (167 long tons; 187 short tons)[1]
Power output 1,550 kW (2,080 hp)[1]
Acceleration 0.98 m/s2 (3.2 ft/s2)[1]
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 12 in) standard gauge

The Class 360 electric multiple-unit passenger trains were built by Siemens in two sub-types from 2002–2003 and 2004-2005. These units are part of the Siemens Desiro family.

The Siemens "Desiro UK" family also includes units of Classes 185, 350, 380, 444 and 450.


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).

Current operations[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Abellio Greater Anglia[edit]

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.

They do not run to Southend, Upminster, and Southminster due to restrictions and driver knowledge; they run to Braintree only in the weekday morning peaks. 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 Abellio Greater Anglia. Though operated by Abellio 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.[2]

All trains retain the blue First Great Eastern 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 Abellio Greater Anglia in May 2012.

The toilets are being re-fitted with new flooring and repainted panels. All 21 trains were overhauled beneath the solebar at Northampton Depot.

Heathrow Connect[edit]

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.[3] 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[edit]

  • On 25 May 2014, 360 205 derailed as it entered Paddington due to maintenance errors.[4]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Cars per Set No. Built No. Range Operator Year Built Remark
Class 360/1 4 21 360101-360121 Abellio Greater Anglia 2002–2003
Class 360/2 5 4 360201-360204 Heathrow Connect 2004–2005
1 360205 Heathrow Express
Class 360
4 4 1012-1014-1013-1011
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 Greater Anglia Diagram.png Class 360 National Express East Anglia Diagram.PNG Class 360 Heathrow Connect Diagram.PNG



  1. ^ a b c d Desiro UK Class 360 Multiple Unit - Siemens Mobility. Page 37. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  2. ^ Class 360 - National Express East Anglia - Siemens. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Bangkok Desiro deliveries begin", Railway Gazette International, 10 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Derailment of an empty passenger train at Paddington station 25 May 2014" (PDF). Rail Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved 17 June 2016.