British Rail Class 487

British Rail Class 487

Infobox EMU
name = British Rail Class 487

imagesize = 300px
caption = Class 487 at NRM
background = #012545
Manufacturer = English Electric
Factory = Dick, Kerr works, Preston
Family = 1940 Waterloo & City stock
Operator = British Rail Southern Region
Network SouthEast
Formation = One DMBSO, or two DMBSO flanking up to 3 TSO
Built = 28 vehicles (12 DMBSO, 16 TSO)
designation=DMBSO: 51–62
TSO: 71–86
InService = 1940-1993
Weight =
CarLength = convert|14.33|m|ftin|abbr=on 49ft 1¾in
CarWidth = convert|2.64|m|ftin|abbr=on 8ft 7¾in
CarHeight = 9ft 7in
Capacity = DMBSO: 40 seats, 40 standing
TSO: 52 seats, 52 standing
Depot=Waterloo (Waterloo & City line)
MaxSpeed = 35 mph
Power = EE convert|190|hp|abbr=on traction motor, 2 off
Gauge = Standard
Voltage =
The British Rail Class 487 electric multiple units were built by English Electric in 1940, for use on the Waterloo & City Line.

Twelve motor carriages (DMBSO), numbered 51-62, and sixteen trailers (TSO), numbered 71-86, were built. Trains were formed of various formations, from a single motor carriage, to pairs of motor cars with up to three intermediate trailers.

They were originally classified Class 453 under TOPS but were later reclassified Class 487.

The Waterloo & City Line was operated as part of the BR Southern Region. Stock was painted in British Railways green livery, which was replaced by BR Blue in the 1970s. In 1986, the line came under the ownership of Network SouthEast, and their blue, red and white livery was applied.

By the 1990s the units were urgently in need of replacing. This came in the form of new Class 482 two-car units, which were delivered to traffic in 1992/93. The final Class 487 vehicles were taken by road to Glasgow for scrap, which was their single longest journey above ground.

The Class 487 units were unique on the National Rail network in not requiring yellow ends due to the fact that the route they operated did not integrate at all with the rest of the network.

One vehicle, DMBSO no. 61, has been preserved by the National Railway Museum and stands in the London Transport Museum Depot (Acton Town).


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* [ A YouTube video of these trains, made by citytransportinfo.]

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