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Set Numbers / Formations


Tyseley 117 / 118 Sets Allocation History

by Robert Chilton

L = RG Reading (London)
B = BR Bristol Bath Road
P = LA Plymouth Laira
T = TS Tyseley (Birmingham)

The formations for each set remain the same for all years as in the Tyseley 1988 list, except T314, see note. Set numbers carried in the following years (officially):

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989  
           
L416 L416 L416 T301 T301 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
L422 L422 L422 T302 T302 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987 (was briefly C422)
B426 B426 L426 T303 T303 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B427 B427 L427 T304 T304 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B430 B430 B430 B430 T305 Transferred to Tyseley during 1988 (before April)
B431 B431 B431 T306 T306 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B432 B432 B432 T307 T307 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B433 B433 B433 B433 T308 Transferred to Tyseley during 1988 (before April)
B434 B434 B434 B434 T309 Transferred to Tyseley during 1988 (before April)
B435 B435 B435 B435 T310 Transferred to Tyseley during 1988 (before April)
B436 B436 B436 T311 T311 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B437 B437 B437 T312 T312 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B438 B438 B438 T313 T313 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B439 B439 B439 B439 T314* Transferred to Tyseley during 1988 (before April)
B450 B450 B450 T315 T315 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
P464 P464 B464 B464 T316** Transferred to Tyseley during 1988 (before April)
P471 P471 B471 T317 T317 Transferred to Tyseley during 1987
B473 B473 B473 T318 T318*** Transferred to Tyseley during 1987

* T314 - In 1988, as B439, this set was listed as a 2-car set with no centre trailer; the trailer was already allocated to Tyseley. Although previously allocated to BR and still listed by it's B-set number, the actual vehicles of the 2-car set in 1988 were shown as actually allocated to LA, but the set number was not altered to a P prefix. When it arrived at Tyseley, it regained the original centre trailer car.

** T316 - One of the class 118 sets, this was transferred to Tyseley by April 1988, but checking back in my notes I recorded seeing this set in service at Birmingham New Street on 13 August 1988 still bearing set no. B464. This set was withdrawn in 1991, before the other two 118 sets, and the two power cars were taken into Sandite use: 51306 became 977752 and 51321 became 977753, 51321 was subsequently preserved by the Shackerstone DMU Group.

*** T318 - By 1993 this set was still formed of the same three class 118 cars, but was now set T401 - one of the "go-faster" sets with the addition of class 116 DMS no. 53102 on one end.  Three power cars in a 4-car set!

T317 was withdrawn by this time.

So in summary, all 117 / 118 sets T301 - T318 came from Bristol Bath Road, except T314 which came from Plymouth Laira and T301 - T304 which came from Reading.

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