British Rail Class 508 facts for kids
|British Rail Class 508|
Class 508 at Liverpool Lime Street
|In service||1979 - Current|
|Refurbishment||27 Merseyrail sets 2002-2004
|Number built||43 trainsets|
|Formation||3 cars per trainset (originally 4 cars)|
|Capacity||192 seats (Merseyrail refurbished)
230 seats (Southeastern/London Overground)
|Car length||19.80 m|
|Maximum speed||75 mph (121 km/h)|
|Power output||656 kW|
|Voltage||750 V DC 3rd rail|
The British Rail Class 508 electric multiple units ("EMUs") were built by BREL at York works in 1979-80. They were the fourth variety of BR's then-standard 1972 design for suburban EMUs, eventually encompassing 755 vehicles and five classes (313/314/315/507/508). They have mostly worked on the Merseyrail network since 1983, and continue to do so, now refurbished by Alstom's Eastleigh Works.
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