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Vehicle 50116 / 53116

Class 116

BR Diagram 554

Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: High Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30213
Diagram: 554

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50116 - original number
53116 - from May-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)



Date: 22nd May 1984

Set number: 256

Tyseley set 256 is formed 53116 and 51860 (a 116/115 hybrid) and has 51151 added when seen at Worcester on the 22nd May 1984. Hamish Stevenson.


Date: 14th September 1985

Set number: TS611

A pair of Tyseley Class 116s (led by 53116 with its non-standard front end livery) pass Malago Vale with a summer Saturday service from Weston-super-Mare to Birmingham New Street. 14 September 1985. Mike Dean.


Date: 26th December 1985

Set number: TS611

Class 116 DMS 53116, set number T611, is seen in its distinctive livery at Tyseley on 26.12.1985. Andy Cole.


Date: 12th July 1986

Set number: TS611

The unusually liveried class 116 DMS 53116 at the head of set TS611 formed with class 127 TSL 59611 and class 116 DMBS 53056, at Birmingham New Street on 12/Jul/1986. I recall that 53056 at the other end of the set was painted to match and I wondered at the time whether on one or other driving car the livery was inspired by a mistake in the grey band being taken too far beyond the saloon windows and then taken complete with white lining round the cab ends to make the best of a bad job. Having said that, the black cab window surrounds and the fact that the sides of every car and the cab ends were emblazoned with 'WM' logos probably suggests that it was a deliberate attempt at a special livery. Robert Chilton.


Date: 6th September 1986

Class 116 units M53116+M59611+M53054 + M53837+M59604+M53919 at Tapton Junction, Chesterfield on the 6th September 1986 with a Birmingham New Street-Sheffield football excursion. Kevin Law.


Date: 17th November 1990

Set number: T412

Tyseley's set T412 at Small Heath station, which should have been headed by 53102 but had been reformed with 53116, followed by 59591, 59668 and 51867, on 17/Nov/1990. The formation was a mixture of class 116, 127 and 115 which was normal for most of the four-car sets at Tyseley at the time. Robert Chilton.


Date: 23rd January 1993

Set number: T412

T412 (53116 + 59446 + 59591 + 51860) at Redditch, having arrived as the 09:36 ex-New St, and about to form the 10:23 to New St. Note the wiring which was near to completion, spelling the end of most Tyseley DMU’s. 23rd January 1993. Gazza Prescott.


Date: 2nd May 1993

Set number: T412

Run in conjunction with Worcester Rail Day, 20066/20138 were photographed at Hereford on 2 May 1993 on one of a series of "mini-tours" which used DMU sets T404 + T412 as the hauled stock. They had set off from Birmingham New St, and, after visiting the Open Day at Worcester, tour participants had a choice from a return trip to Gloucester, then two return trips to Hereford, before the return to Birmingham. Lewis Bevan.


Date: 22nd July 1993

Class 116 DMS 53116 is seen at Derby when operating as a three car driving motor set on 22.07.1993. Tyseley were just banging any available working cars together at this point to make up scratch sets. Andy Cole.


Date: 26th December 1994

Set number: 117332

Class 116 DMS 53116, set number 117332, is seen near the end of first generation use at Tyseley on 26.12.1994. At this time Tyseley were just banging any serviceable DMU's together to make scratch sets. Andy Cole.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 7th August 1982

Set number: 523

Class 116 DMBS M50055 formed with unknown refurbished liveried TS and DMS M50116 of Tyseley set 523 at Redditch, Saturday 7th August 1982, possibly with centre car 59019. Visible in the background is 56 003 waiting to continue the 'Grid Iron Grice' railtour back to London Bridge Iain Reid.


Date: 9th June 1984

Set number: TS600

The Ruddington Requiem railtour at Lawfield on 9/6/84. It was formed 53910 + 59130 + 53857, 53055 + 59611 + 53116, 53318 + 59114 + 53328. Chris Lings.


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