Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30211
50056 - original number
53056 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
The 2.10pm Wellington - Lapworth service is led by W50056 when seen at West Bromwich / Swan Village on the 3rd August 1957. Michael Mensing.
M50056 heads set TS518 through the snow at Hatton at January 1979. Michael Mensing.
Class 116 DMBS M53056 at Snailwell on May 12, 1991. Surface Stock.
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.
Three-car set 53878, 59612 and 53056 stabled at Leicester with Norwich's set 72 behind, headed by 51201 and presumably with out of sight, 54347. Unusually the 116 (with class 127 centre trailer) appears to have a Tyseley set number board in the 2nd man's window but with no set number apparently on it. The following year 53878 and 59612 were reformed into four-car set T421 and 53056 was in three-car set T342. Robert Chilton.