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Thameslink
A Thameslink train at blackfriars
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Suburban rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale East of England
Greater London
South East England
Termini Bedford
Brighton/Sutton/Sevenoaks
Stations 68 (additional stations at peaks)
Services 5
Operation
Opened 1988
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Thameslink and Great Northern
Southeastern (joint services with Thameslink)
Depot(s) Bedford
Crickelwood
Rolling stock Class 319
Class 377 Electrostar
Technical
No. of tracks 2-4
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification 25 kV 50hz AC
750 V DC third rail
Operating speed 100 mph (160 km/h) maximum

Thameslink is a route in the British railway system. It has 68 stations. It is 225 km (140 mi) long. It runs north to south through London from Bedford to Brighton. It goes to London Gatwick Airport and London Luton Airport. It has a suburban loop that goes to Sutton and Wimbledon. On weekdays a suburban line goes through Catford and Bromley South to Sevenoaks. It opened as a through service in 1988. By 1998, it was very overcrowded, carrying more than 28,000 passengers in the morning peak. Almost all the services are currently operated by Thameslink.

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