British Rail Class 487
|British Rail Class 487|
Class 487 at Bank Station, 1984
The interior of a Class 487 DMBSO, looking towards the driving cab at the Bank end, with the 'hump' over the powered bogie.
|Built at||Dick, Kerr works, Preston|
|Number built||28 vehicles (12 DMBSO, 16 TSO)|
|Number preserved||1 vehicle|
|Number scrapped||27 vehicles|
|Formation||One DMBSO, or two DMBSO flanking up to 3 TSO|
|Fleet numbers||DMBSO: 51–62|
|Capacity||DMBSO: 40 seats, 40 standing|
TSO: 52 seats, 52 standing
British Rail Southern Region
|Depot(s)||Waterloo (Waterloo & City line)|
|Line(s) served||Waterloo & City line|
|Car length||47 ft 0 in (14 3⁄8 m)|
49 ft 1 3⁄4 in (14.98 m)
|Width||8 ft 7 3⁄4 in (2.64 m)|
|Height||9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)|
|Maximum speed||35 mph (56 km/h)|
|Traction system||Two EE 190 hp (140 kW) traction motors per DMBSO|
|Power output||DMBSO: 380 hp (283 kW)|
|Electric system(s)||750 V DC third rail|
|Current collection method||Contact shoe|
|UIC classification||DMBSO: Bo′2′|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
Twelve motor carriages (DMBSO), numbered 51–62, and sixteen trailers (TSO), numbered 71–86, were built. Trains were in various formations, from a single motor carriage, to pairs of motor cars with up to three intermediate trailers.
They were originally classified Class 453 under TOPS but were later reclassified Class 487.
The Waterloo & City line was operated as part of the BR Southern Region. Stock was painted in British Railways green livery, which was replaced by BR Blue in the 1970s, a rather smart version of all over blue with grey detailing. In 1986, the line came under the ownership of Network SouthEast, and their blue, red and white livery was applied.
The Class 487 units were unique on the British Rail network in not requiring yellow ends because the route they operated was entirely in tunnel where the darkness would render yellow ends pointless. Further the line did not integrate at all with the rest of the network. Additionally, the units were only fitted with red lights at the ends, thus the front of the train displayed two red lights instead of the more usual white.
By the 1990s the units were urgently in need of replacing. This came in the form of new Class 482 two-car units, which were delivered to traffic in 1992/93. The final Class 487 vehicles were taken by road to Glasgow for scrap, which was their single longest journey above ground. One vehicle, DMBSO no. 61, was initially stored at the National Railway Museum in York, before being subsequently transferred to the London Transport Museum's Acton Depot. This vehicle is in the process of a major internal and external restoration by the London Transport Museum to have it in the condition it was on the day it left service in 1993.
Class 487 vehicle alongside a 1967 Stock unit at the London Transport Museum depot in Acton
|Class||Operator||No. Built||Year Built||Cars per Set||Unit nos.||BR Design Code||Notes|
|Class 487||Southern Railway
|12||1940||1||51-62||EB260 / SR842||DMBSO - could operate independently|
|16||71-86||EH260 / SR846||TSO - could only operate with DMBSO|
- Waterloo & City line Car SR61, built 1940 (Sign). London Transport Museum. 2018.
- Marsden, Colin J. (1983). Southern Electric Multiple-Units 1898–1948. Shepperton, Surrey: Ian Allan Limited. pp. 65–70. ISBN 0-7110-1253-9.
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