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    UKP: BR Multiple Units 483

    Electric Unit

    Class 483 ex 1938 Tube EMU

    The British Rail Class 483 electric multiple units were originally built as 1938 tube stock units for London Underground. They were extensively refurbished between 1989 and 1992 by Eastleigh Works, for use on services on the Isle of Wight's Island Line. This was despite having already been used for nearly 50 years on the London Underground network. The units replaced the even older and life-expired British Rail Classes 485 and 486 units which were introduced in 1967 but were originally built as 'Standard' stock units for the London Electric Railway in 1923.

    The trains were 83 years old when they were withdrawn in January 2021; they were the oldest passenger trains in Great Britain remaining in regular passenger service at the time. They were withdrawn on 3 January 2021, with the line closed from 4 January until 1 November 2021 for upgrade works, after which they were replaced by Class 484s. Of the six units present on the Island at the time of their withdrawal, all have been confirmed for preservation.

    System 660V DC 3rd Rail
    Length 15.94m
    Introduced 1989
    Withdrawn 2021
    Builder Metropolitan-Cammell
    Power 500kW
    Weight 55t
    Max Speed 45mph
    Number Altnumber Name Status Formation Note Livery Location Base
    002 483002   RAPTOR P 122,225 LT red RSS Wishaw UK/483
    004 483004   T-REX P 124,224 LT red House of Chilli, Branstone. No public Access House of Chilli, Branstone UK/483
    006 483006   TERRY** P 126,226 LT red Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway UK/483
    007 483007   Jess Harper P 127,227 1938 LUL branding on sides and windows. LT red Isle of Wight Steam Railway UK/483
    008 483008   IGGI** P 128,228 At Sandown for move to Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway LT red Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway UK/483
    129 10229   P Ex 483009 East Somerset Railway
    229 P Ex 483009 Reid Freight Services, Cockshute Sidings