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British Rail Class 205
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Class 205, no. 205009 at London Victoria station
on 15 August 2003
In service 1957–2004
Manufacturer BR Eastleigh
Number built 34 trainsets
Formation 2/3 cars per trainset
Operator(s) British Rail
Maximum speed 75mph (121 km/h)
Weight 56
Prime mover(s) English Electric 4-cylinder type 4SRKT Mark II of 600 bhp (450 kW) at 850 rpm

The British Rail Class 205 (or 3H) diesel-electric multiple units were built by BR at Eastleigh railway works from 1957–1962.


Due to a generous disposal policy by Porterbrook Leasing, nearly all of the final units in service were preserved. The only unit not preserved was no. 205012, which had poor bodywork and donated its engine to the only surviving unrefurbished Class 207 unit.

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