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Northern Ireland Railways Class 3000
3005 stands at Belfast Central
||201 seated, 280 standing passengers
||90 mph (145 km/h)
||MAN D2876 LUH03
||AWS, TPWS, CAWS
mm (5 ft 3 in)
3011 pulls out of Lisburn
Two C3K units stand at Belfast Great Victoria Street
The Class 3000 (C3K class) is a class of diesel
multiple unit in service with Northern Ireland Railways.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the majority of rail
services in Northern Ireland continued to be
operated using Class 80 DEMUs, which had been in service
since the mid 1970s, and were becoming increasingly harder to
maintain. NIR had not procured new rolling stock since 1994, when, in conjunction with Iarnród
Éireann, it purchased locomotives and coaches for the Enterprise service.
As part of a major investment programme in the railways in Northern
Ireland, NIR placed an order totalling £80 million, the largest
single investment in rolling stock ever made by NIR, with CAF for
twenty-three 3-car DMUs in 2002.
The new trains entered service in 2004 and 2005,
gradually replacing most of the existing Class 80 units on the
network (the main exception being services between Belfast and Larne, which were still provided by the Class 450 DMUs). The trains are capable of
speeds of up to 145 km/h (90 mph), seat 201 (including 15 on tip-up
seats) and have standing room for 280 passengers crush laden. The
sets are numbered 3001-3023. All vehicles are powered. The
individual cars are 3301 to 3323, 3501 to 3523 and 3401 to 3423.
The end vehicles on each unit have cabs. 3001 is formed
3301-3501-3401 up to 3023 being formed 3323-3523-3423.
The first six units (3001-3006) were built fitted with CAWS and
communication equipment compatible with the rail network in the Republic of
Ireland. This enables these units to be used as required on
The first phase of refurbishment of the Class 3000 is to begin
in the 2009/10 financial year at an estimated cost of £1.2 million.
At this stage, the trains will be approximately 5-6 years old. In
addition to this, the 20 new C4K units should be starting to come
into service as this first overhall phase is being completed.
||Cars per Set
||Northern Ireland Railways
||3001 - 3006
||Fitted with CAWS for use on IÉ
||3007 - 3023