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British Rail Class 485
British Rail Class 486
Class 485 no. 485045 at Shanklin railway station, current terminus of the Island Line.
In service 1923 on London Underground
1967 - 1992 on Island Line
Manufacturer Metro Cammell, Union Construction Company, Cammell Laird
Family name Tube stock
Formation 4 cars per trainset (4Vec) and 3 cars per trainset (3Tis)
Capacity 132 seats (4Vec) and 106 seats (3Tis)
Operator(s) Network SouthEast
Maximum speed 45 mph 72 km/h
Weight 94 t (4Vec) and 65 t (3Tis)
Electric system(s) 630 V DC 3rd rail
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The British Rail Class 485 (or 4Vec) and British Rail Class 486 (or 3Tis) electrical multiple units were originally built for the London Electric Railway from 1923-31 as their 'Standard' tube stock. They were purchased by British Rail in 1967 and transported to the Isle of Wight to work 'mainline' services on the newly electrified Ryde to Shanklin line. At the time the units had already worked for over forty years on the London Underground, but their introduction allowed the final steam locomotives on the line to be withdrawn.

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