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British Rail Class 395 Javelin EMU Train, Dover Priory Railway Station, Kent, UK

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The Hitachi Class 395 is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit (EMU) built for high speed commuter services on High Speed 1 and elsewhere on the Integrated Kent Franchise. Run by London & South Eastern Railway Limited, trading as Southeastern. Dover Priory (off Folkestone Road) opened on 22 July 1861 as the temporary terminus of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR).

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John Latter on September 26, 2012

Dover Priory is also referred to as Dover Priory Train Station and Dover Priory Rail Station. Click for information on Dover Priory Station Facilities from National Rail Enquiries.

Trains to Deal, Ramsgate, Canterbury East, and London Victoria leave Dover Priory through the tunnel behind the Javelin EMU (and pass close to Robsons Yard where I live). Trains to Folkestone Central, Ashford International (Channel Tunnel, Chunnel), and London Charing Cross leave the station through a tunnel in the Western Heights below the viewer.

The photo was taken from the southern end of Platform 1 on the 15th of January 2012 (the Javelin is on Platform 2 with Platform 3 to the left).

Steam locomotives photographed in 2011:

The BR Britannia Class 7MT 4-6-2 no 70000 Britannia Steam Locomotive (3) and the 12-coach "Cathedrals Express" passed through Dover Priory Train Station at 5.47 pm on Thursday 7 April 2011.

The LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 no 60163 Tornado Steam Locomotive called at at 5.47 pm on Saturday, June the 18th, 2011.

The Oliver Cromwell 70013 Steam Locomotive was photographed at 6.16 pm on Sunday, September the 3rd, 2011.

Also see:

Dover Priory Rail Station from the Western Heights (Day)

Dover Priory Rail Station from the Western Heights (Night)

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

This is the Images of Dover website: click on any blue "John Latter" link to access the Entry Page.

John Latter on September 26, 2012

British Rail Class 395

The Class 395 is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit (EMU - see next comment) built for high speed commuter services on High Speed 1 and elsewhere on the Integrated Kent Franchise.

The 6-car trains were built in Japan by Hitachi and are capable of running at a maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h) under 25kV AC overhead electrification on High Speed 1, and 100 mph (161 km/h) on 750V DC third rail supply on conventional lines.

The use of the high speed trains to form part of the transport infrastructure for the Olympic park formed part of the original bid for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The service was named the Olympic Javelin Shuttle, and the name Javelin has become a common name for the trains. The Olympic services began 28 July 2012.

Class: Class 395
Operator: Southeastern
Number Built: 29
Year Built: 2007–2009
Cars per Set: 6
Unit numbers: 395001 - 395029

Units have been named in honour of 'fast Britons'. The first person to have a train named in their honour was Dame Kelly Holmes. Other Britons with named Class 395s include olympic medallists Jamie Staff, Steve Backley, Steve Redgrave, Rebecca Adlington, Chris Hoy, Ben Ainslie, Daley Thompson, Duncan Goodhew, Katherine Grainger, Sebastian Coe and Tanni Grey-Thompson.

An OO gauge model of the trains has been produced by Hornby.

Source: British Rail Class 395.

John Latter on September 26, 2012

Electric Multiple Unit

An electric multiple unit, or EMU, is a multiple unit train consisting of self-propelled carriages, using electricity as the motive power. An EMU requires no separate locomotive, as electric traction motors are incorporated within one or a number of the carriages. Most EMUs are used for passenger trains, but some have been built or converted for specialised non-passenger roles, such as carrying mail or luggage, or in departmental use, for example as de-icing trains. An EMU is usually formed of two or more semi-permanently coupled carriages, but electrically powered single-unit railcars are also generally classed as EMUs.

EMUs are popular on commuter and suburban rail networks around the world due to their fast acceleration and pollution-free operation. Being quieter than diesel multiple units (DMU) and locomotive-drawn trains, EMUs can operate later at night and more frequently without disturbing residents living near the railway lines. In addition, tunnel design for EMU trains is simpler as provisions do not need to be made for diesel exhaust fumes.

Source: Electric Multiple Unit.

John Latter on September 26, 2012

Southeastern Train Operating Company

London & South Eastern Railway Limited, trading as Southeastern is a train operating company in south-east England. On 1 April 2006 it became the franchisee for the new Integrated Kent Franchise (IKF), replacing the publicly owned South Eastern Trains on the former South East Franchise. It serves the commuter routes to south-east London, most of Kent, and parts of East Sussex.


Southeastern serves the main London stations of Charing Cross, Victoria, Blackfriars, Cannon Street, London Bridge, Waterloo East and St Pancras. The Southeastern network has a route mileage of 540, with 179 stations. About 70% of its services run to and from London.[1]

It is owned by Govia, a joint venture between Go-Ahead Group and Keolis, which also operates the neighbouring Southern franchise, which overlaps with Southeastern in some areas. The company's formal name, under which it mounted its bid for the franchise, is London and South Eastern Railway (LSER).

The managing director is Charles Horton, formerly MD of sister company Southern.

Source: Southeastern (train operating company).

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  • Uploaded on September 26, 2012
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2012/01/15 10:41:53
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