British Rail Class 323

British electric multiple unit passenger train

The British Rail Class 323 electric multiple units were built by Hunslet TPL from 1992-96. Forty-three 3-car units were built for inner-suburban services around Birmingham and Manchester. These trains were the last vehicles to be built by the struggling manufacturer Hunslet before it collapsed.

British Rail Class 323
West Midlands Trains 323214 at Astonin March 2019
In service1994 - present
ManufacturerHunslet TPL
Refurbishment2011-2013, 2018-2021
Number built43
FormationThree car
CapacityEnd Units 97 seats
Central Unit 81 seats
Total capacity 275 seats
Operator(s)Northern Trains
West Midlands Trains
Car lengthEnd Units 23.37 m
Central Unit 23.44 m
Width2.80 metres (9.2 ft)
Height3.78 metres (12.4 ft)
Maximum speed90 mph (140 km/h)
Weight119.8 tonnes
Power output1.168 MW
Electric system(s)25 kV AC Overhead
Braking system(s)Regenerative Air Brake
Safety system(s)
Coupling system
Multiple workingWithin-class only (in service); other units with Tightlock autocouplers (rescue purposes only)
Track gaugeStandard gauge 1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Class 323, no. 323209 waiting at Birmingham New Street on 24th September 2003. This unit was operated by Central Trains (now West midlands Trains) and is painted in Centro livery.

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