British Rail Class 360

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About British Rail Class 360

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The British Rail Class 360 electric multiple units were built by Siemens in two sub-types from 2002–2003 and 2004-2005. These units are part of the Siemens Desiro family. The Siemens "Desiro UK" family also includes units of Classes 185, 350, 380, 444 and 450. Unlike the South West Trains and West Coast Main Line Desiros, the Class 360 lacks inter-unit gangways. This was a late design change, as the Health and Safety Executive was not happy with the driver's visibility with the previous design's gangway cab for Driver Only Operation The Class 360 is a modern unit with air conditioning, rapid acceleration technology and is powered by overhead lines with a top speed of 100 mph (161 km/h). The Class 360 will do 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in about 45 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating train in the Greater Anglia fleet. First Great Eastern ordered 21 4-car units to replace their elderly Class 312 slam-door units. They entered service in 2003, and by mid-2004 had completely replaced the old trains. They are primarily used on London Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea, Ipswich, and Colchester services and Manningtree to Harwich services, usually running as 4 carriages to Harwich and

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