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Routes Featuring the Class 455 EMU

Portsmouth Direct Line

The Class 455 EMU is typical of the new generation of multiple units introduced in the 1980s to replace aging and out-dated ‘heritage’ units. Designed for use on Southern branch-line and suburban services with numerous stops and little need for high top speeds, the Class 455 runs in 4-car formations up to a maximum speed of 75mph, and remains a familiar sight around South London and all along the Southern network. A total of 137 Class 455 sets were produced, and with regular refurbishments taking place the type is still playing its part to keep Southern England moving.


The British Rail Class 455 is a type of electric multiple unit drawing power from a 750 V DC third rail. Built by BREL at York works in the early and mid-1980s, they were initially categorised as Class 510 as the successor to the Class 508.


When built the fleet were finished in blue/grey livery, NSE colours were applied from the late 1980s. Upon privatisation the majority of the fleet was allocated to South West Trains, with the early members of Class 455/8 allocated to South Central. SWT livery was soon applied and a handful of sets later appeared in Connex South Central colours, after this franchise was taken over by GoVia/SouthCentral in mid-2001 this operators white and green livery was applied.

Design & Specification

TOPS Number Class 455/9

Formations 4-car: DTSO+MSO+TSO+DTSO

Unit Weight 132.4 tonnes

Vehicle Length 65ft (19.83m)

Vehicle Width 9ft 3¼ in (2.82m)

Body Construction Steel Construction

Unit Power 1000 HP

Design Speed 75 MPH (121km/h)

Coupling Type Tightlock

Brake Types Air













 















End of Shift

After working in from Waterloo earlier in the evening, you are tasked with taking two Class 455 sets from Woking to Guildford Carriage Sidings. It is late and traffic is light, but you should remain vigilant. Good Luck.

Route Portsmouth Direct

Rating Medium

Duration 15 Minutes


Guildford Bound

Work a late afternoon stopping service from Haslemere to Guildford on a cold December day. Traffic is flowing steady so you should have a clear run back to Guildford. Good Luck.

Route Portsmouth Direct

Rating Medium

Duration 20 Minutes

Pushing the Boundary

Today you shall be taking a Class 455 on the 14.30 Guildford-Haslemere stopping service. This is a lack of Class 450 units so SWT has placed a Class 455 on the diagram. Traffic should be steady. Good Luck.

Route Portsmouth Direct

Rating Medium

Duration 30 Minutes

Sunday Shuffle

On a quiet Sunday morning, you are diagrammed to take a Class 455 unit from Woking to Guildford and return. Stop at Worplesdon en route. Good Luck.

Route Portsmouth Direct

Rating Medium

Duration 25 Minutes