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British Rail Class 319
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Class 319 at St Pancras
In service 1987 - Current
Manufacturer BREL York
Number built 86 trainsets
Formation 4 cars per trainset
Operator First Capital Connect
Line(s) served Thameslink
Maximum speed 100 mph (161 km/h)
Voltage 25 kV AC Overhead lines or 750 V DC 3rd rail
Gauge Standard gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)
FCC train at Luton Parkway1
Class 319 at Luton Airport Parkway
319013 at Clapham Junction
Class 319/0, no. 319013 "The Surrey Hills" at Clapham Junction on 15 August 2003. This unit is operated by Southern, but is painted in obsolete Connex livery.
Class 319 NSE livery
Unit at West Hampstead, in original Network SouthEast livery

The British Rail Class 319 dual-voltage electric multiple units (EMU) were built by BREL York in two batches from 1987–88 and 1990. The trains were introduced for new north-south cross-London services from Bedford to Brighton, and since privatisation these services have been operated by Thameslink and First Capital Connect, the former franchise having been merged with the Great Northern section of the former WAGN franchise to form the latter train operating company at 0200 BST on 1 April 2006 as a result of re-franchising. Class 319 units have dual power pick-up, from either 25 kV alternating current (AC) overhead lines for services north of London, or 750 V direct current (DC) third rail to the south. However, some units were only used on outer suburban services in South London. The Class 325 postal units were based on the Class 319 units, with the same traction equipment and body design, but are fitted with cabs of the same design as the newer Class 365 and Class 465 Networker units.

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