Builder: BR Swindon Works
Type: Cross Country
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: BR Standard
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30334
|4w/e 04/10/58||New to||BL (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)|
|by Jun-62||Transferred to||TYS (Tyseley)|
|3w/e 01/02/64||Transferred to||82A (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)|
|circa May-64||On loan to||81D (Reading)|
|Jul-64||Ex-loan back to||82A (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)|
|4w/e 31/05/69||Transferred to||16C (Derby Etches Park)|
|02/02/86||Transferred to||TS (Tyseley)|
|09/03/86||Transferred to||AY (Ayr)|
|p/e 23/11/86||Withdrawn from||AY (Ayr)|
50688 - original number
53688 - from Aug-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
|50741||59280||50688||Noted circa Aug-67 - in plain blue livery|
|EP480||50741||59280||50688||Noted circa Jun-69|
|EP518||50737||59274||50688||Listed at DY - circa Jun-82|
|TS408||53737||59571||53688||New set number at TS - Jan-86 - number never carried|
|53737||59571||53688||Noted 2nd April 1986|
|519||53737||59571||53688||Noted 1st May 1986|
|519||53737||59571||53688||Listed at Ayr - Summer 1986|
|551||53380||59789||53688||Formed at AY 2w/e 07/07/86|
|369||51186||59268||53688||Listed at Ayr - August 1986|
|spare||53688||Formation change - circa Oct-86|
This Swindon Class 120 cross-country set (M50688, M59274, M50737) is seen at Derby waiting to work the 17.18 to Lincoln, doors open in welcoming fashion. 20/9/81. Gerard Fletcher.
DMS M50688 awaits departure from Derby with a local service to Matlock - no other information with this slide, so my guess is late 1970s / early 1980s, and no later than 1983. Graeme Phillips Collection.
The gradual decline in status of the venerable Swindon built Class 120 cross-country dmus was a sad spectacle to witness. Quite probably the most comfortable classic dmus still in service in the 1980s, it was still a pleasure to travel in them. How sad that they should all perish in the scrapyard without a complete set being preserved. Originally a Western Region car as W50688, it was one of the large batch transferred to Derby Etches Park in May 1969 to improve the quality of service on the Birmingham to Norwich/Cambridge and Crewe - Derby - Lincoln routes. At this time they had micro buffets in the centre cars and after a brief period of service, these were soon disused. Renumbered from M50688 the previous month, M53688 is seen on May 7th 1983 along with M59274 & M53737 having arrived at Peterborough on the 14.08 stopping service from Birmingham and loading to work the 17.25 return to Leicester. Gerard Fletcher.
Two cars of a Swindon Cross-Country Class 120 unit Nos.53688-53737, reformed with a class 101 intermediate trailer No.59571 forming a Nottingham to Crewe service with Prototype class 150 unit No.151 001 on the Matlock shuttle service at the same platform face on a wet 17th December 1985. Gordon Edgar.
A Swindon class 120 'Cross-Country' unit nos.53688 - 59571 - 53737 rattles away at Derby station during the early evening of 28th December 1985 forming a Crewe to Lincoln service. Gordon Edgar.
Class 120 53688 is seen stabled at Tyseley Carriage sidings on 08.03.1986. The 101 centre car behind is probably 59571. Andy Cole.
Class 120 hybrid set M53737 + E59571 + M53688 at Lincoln Central, 12th October 1985. Hamish Stevenson.