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    UKP: BR Multiple Unit 489

    Electric Unit

    Class 489 Gatwick Luggage Vans

    The British Rail Class 489 (GLV) is a type of electric multiple unit, specially converted for use on Gatwick Express trains, from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport.

    The units were converted from Class 414 driving motors cars, by Eastleigh Works in 1983-84, for use on the new Gatwick Express service. They were used to allow push-pull operations, on the London-end of the rakes of Class 488 stock, with a Class 73 locomotive at the other end and both used for propulsion. The units were used as baggage cars.

    Units were given unit numbers in the range 489101-489110, with individual carriages numbered 68500-68509. However, purely for aesthetic purposes, only the last four digits of the set numbers were shown, to fit with the traditional Southern style (maintained until privatisation by British Rail's Southern region) - older (pre-TOPS) units were originally assigned four-digit numbers. The units were originally painted in BR Blue/Grey livery, which was quickly replaced by InterCity livery. The final livery carried by these units is a variation of the InterCity livery, with a claret stripe and Gatwick Express lettering.

    Since finishing with Gatwick Express, several units have been sold to other operators. Network Rail have purchased four units, 489102, 489105, 489106 and 489109. They were stored for several years but were returned to use in early-2006 as de-icing and load-bank vehicles. Four units have been preserved on heritage railways.

    System 660-750V DC 3rd Rail
    Introduced 1983
    Builder BR Eastleigh
    Length 19.495m
    Width 2.826m
    Height 3.861m
    Power 370kW
    Weight 40.5t
    Max Speed 90mph

    Photo: Chris Harley

    Number Altnumber Status Note Livery Location Base Owner
    9101 68500 D In use as museum coach ICM Ecclesbourne Valley Railway WyvernRail PLC
    9104 68503 Spa Valley Railway
    9107 68506 D In use as static buffet PUL Wirksworth Ecclesbourne Valley Railway WyvernRail PLC
    9110 68509 Barry Tourist Railway