British Rail Class 447
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|British Rail Class 447 Battersea Bullet|
Artist's Impression of Class 447.
|Number built||3 trainsets (planned)|
|Formation||4 cars per trainset|
|Fleet numbers||447 001 - 447 003|
|Power supply||Third rail|
|Electric system(s)||750V DC|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
Class 447 was the designation given to the Electric multiple unit trains that would have run the shuttle services (branded the Battersea Bullet) between London Victoria and the entertainment complex planned for the site of the former Battersea Power Station. Three units were planned, each of four cars, and since the trains would have been privately owned by the operator of the entertainment complex, British Rail allocated carriage numbers 99469-99481 (from the private owner carriage series) for the individual vehicles.
In the event, the early 1990s recession spelt the end of the Battersea project. The entertainment complex was never built, nor were the trains, and the former power station still stands as an empty shell. It is unlikely that the Class 447 design will be revived, even if work ever resumes at the Battersea site.
A concept drawing can be seen here.