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Vehicle 50055 / 53055

Class 116

BR Diagram 553

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: 30211
Diagram: 553

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50055 - original number
53055 - from May-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)



Date: April 1964

Set number: 323

M50055 leads set 323 at West Bromwich in April 1964. Michael Mensing.


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: 4th January 1986

Set number: TS611

Class 116 DMBS 53055, set number TS611, is seen at Tyseley on 04.01.1986. It carries an unusual livery addition of an extended grey stripe past the cab windows and black window surrounds. Andy Cole.


Date: 1st June 1986

Set number: TS611

TS611 in it's unusual livery seen at Coalville depot on the 1st June 1986 when it was working shuttles to Leicester and Burton-on-Trent for the open day. Chris Lings.


Date: 19th September 1987

Set number: TS611

Taken on 19/9/87 at Birmingham Moor Street, a week before closure of the terminal platforms, class 116 set TS611 waits to leave for Dorridge. The platforms reopened in 2010 and the station is now the 2nd busiest in Birmingham and arguably the best!! Stephen Burdett.


Date: 7th April 1993

Set number: T324

T324 M53055 + M59603 + M53101 on the approaches of New Street 7-4-93. Kevin Dowd.


Date: 9th September 1993

Set number: T424

T424 (53055 + 59603) with 118s 51314 + 51329 at Longbridge on an ECS to form the 16:54 to Lichfield City, 9/9/93. Gazza Prescott.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


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.


Date: 4th May 1985

Set number: TS061

TS061 (presumably 55011) leads Class 116 set TS611 (including 53055 + 59611) at Dorridge on 4 May 1985. 54A South Dock.


Date: 30th August 1989

Set number: T342

Set T342 (presumably 53055 + 59673 + 53056) + T313 on a Birmingham New St - Llandudno service passes 150 204 as it departs Deganwy at 12:20 on Wednesday 30th August 1989. Colin Brooks.


Date: 3rd March 1990

Set number: T342

Tyseley's set T342 53056 - 59673 - 53055 at Barnt Green heading for Redditch on 3/Mar/1990 (formed 116DMBS - 115TCL - 116DMBS - unusually with a DMBS at both ends). Note that the driver has already altered the destination blind to 'Lichfield City' for the return journey - having just come off the main line, at Barnt Green heading south there is nowhere else to go other than Redditch! Robert Chilton.


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