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British Rail Class 357 "Electrostar"
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Class 357, no. 357036, at Southend Central on 29th March 2003. This unit is painted in c2c livery. This class operate all c2c passenger services.
In service 2000 - Current
Manufacturer ADtranz Derby (now Bombardier)
Family name Electrostar
Number built 74 trainsets
Formation 4 cars per trainset
Capacity 282 seats
Operator(s) c2c
Car length 20.75 m
Width 2.80 m
Height 3.78 m
Maximum speed 100 mph (161 km/h)
Weight 157.6 t
Power output 3x560 = 1680 kW
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC Overhead
Track gauge 1,435 mm

The British Rail Class 357 "Electrostar" alternating current (AC) electric multiple units (EMU) were built by ADtranz, Derby (now owned by Bombardier Transportation) from 1999 to 2003 at a cost of approximately £350 million. The Electrostar family also includes Classes 375, 376, 377 and 378, and is the most numerous type of EMU built in the post-privatisation period of Britain's railways. These units were built in two batches for LTS Rail, since rebranded as c2c.

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