It is now some forty years since the term 'Second Generation EMU'
entered rail industry parlance. The British Rail (BR) Class 313
heralded a new era back in 1976/77 with BR's first order of
suburban passenger trains with both a pantograph (for 25Kv AC) and
shoegear (for 750V DC 'third rail'). These units continue to see
daily service both on north of London commuter services and on
Sussex's Coastway services. Since those early days, over forty
classes of EMU have entered traffic throughout what is now, of
course, a privatised railway. More and more operators are able to
opt for their use over DMUs as more of the country benefits from
installation of an electrified railway. This book offers a look at
all the classes found in the UK, as well as a look at the country's
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