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British Rail Class 444 "Desiro"
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444026 at Waterloo
In service 2003 - Current
Manufacturer Siemens AG
Family name Desiro
Number built 45 trainsets
Formation 5 cars per trainset
Operator(s) South West Trains
Maximum speed 100mph (161 km/h).
Weight Total: 227 tonnes
Braking system(s) Air, regenerative
444023 at Clapham Junction
Class 444, no. 444023 at Clapham Junction on 30th October 2004. This unit is painted in South West Trains express livery.
444016 passing through Clapham Junction
Class 444, no. 444016 passing non-stop through Clapham Junction on 21st August 2004 with a service to London Waterloo.
SWT Classes 444 and 450 at London Waterloo
444014, with Desiro family member 450040 at Waterloo on 21st August 2007.

The British Rail Class 444 (or 5Des) "Desiro" electrical multiple units were built by Siemens AG from 2003-04. Forty-five of these units were built for express services for South West Trains. The "Desiro" family also includes units of Classes 350, 360 and 450.

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