Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30364
50897 - original number
53897 - from Feb-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
Class 116 M53897 is the rear vehicle of a 6-car set departing from Skegness on the 2nd July 1988. Kevin Law.
Tyseley's set T417 53897 - 59335 - 59603 - 51877 at Longbridge on 10/Mar/1990 heading for Lichfield City (formed 116DMS, 116TC, 127TSL, 115DMBS), about to be passed in the opposite direction by an HST. Robert Chilton.
Derby three-car unit 53844 - 59335 - 53897 passing the unique Stratford Southern signalbox forming a service to North Woolwich, just prior to energisation of the third rail, 1st May 1985. Gordon Edgar.
Class 115 DMBS no. 51892 leading Tyseley's set T417 formed with 59595, 59335 & 53897 (mixed class 115/127/116) into Birmingham New Street with a Cross-City line service bound for Lichfield City on 26/Jul/1991. Robert Chilton.
Class 116 DMBS 51138 leading set T405, formed as a three-car with TSL 59611 (Cl.127) and DMS 53897, seen at Birmingham New Street on the last advertised day of first generation DMU services on the Cross City Line. Robert Chilton.