Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30363
50855 - original number
53855 - from Apr-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
The final port of call on the 16th September 1979 NREA 'shed bash' was to bag the DMU sets stabled at Rhymney. Viewed from the now demolished island platform, disused for many years, refurbished Derby Works class 116 high density suburban triple set C315 (W50855-W59363-W50908), eventually forming a Cardiff service stands in Rhymney station, in the initial but short-lived white/blue stripe livery with brown underframe. All class 116 units were new to the Western Region and were delivered in 1957-58 and were synonymous with South Wales valley services. Gordon Edgar.
W53855 at Cardiff Central in 1987, as part of set C315. Shayne Lewis.
C315 (53855 + 59363 + 53908) enters Radyr, circa 1987. Mac Winfield.
C315 approaches Cardiff Queen Street on the 14:06 Ystrad Mynach to Barry Island, Saturday 18th July 1987, with W53855 closest. PJ Evans.
C375 (53855 + 53908) at Treherbert with the 16:17 to Barry Island, 25th October 1989. Gazza Prescott.
53855 being loaded onto a low-loader at Canton that will take it to its fate at Vic Berry's in Leicester, May 91. Mac Winfield.
C375 W53908 + W53855 and E53196 at Vic Berrys, Leicester on 29-4-90. Kevin Dowd.