Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30419
On August 17, 1965 M55004 is at the front of a Derby suburban set at Lapworth after terminating with the 5.52pm ex-Birmingham Snow Hill. Michael Mensing.
55004 at Willington, date unknown. Ian Francis.
Class 122 55004, set number T054, is seen stabled at Tyseley on 07.12.1985. Andy Cole.
Class 122 single unit M55004 (built by the Gloucester RC & W Co in 1958) at Kettering with the 09.13 service to Corby on 16 April 1987. This was the day that services were restored to Corby after a gap of 21 years, the station having been closed in April 1966 when regular passenger trains over the Oakham-Kettering line were withdrawn. The 1987 re-opening was on an "experimental" basis, and services were withdrawn again as from 2 June 1990. This closure left Corby as, allegedly, the largest town in Europe without a rail service, and, in the ensuing years, there were various proposals for trains to serve Corby once again. But it would be nearly 19 years until East Midlands Trains re-introduced a regular service, including through trains to London, to the town. Lewis Bevan.
Almost 21 years to the day since Corby station had closed in 1966, rail services were reinstated. Trains shuttled between Kettering and Corby, provided by dmus based at Bletchley and operated by Network SouthEast. Initially there were two Gloucester RCW class 122 "bubble cars" dedicated to the service, embellished with the Corby coat of arms. Here, in the first week of service, M55004 climbs out of Kettering with an afternoon train on 16/4/87. New signals are in place but there are still four tracks, a situation that will change at the end of 1987. The "Jockloper" lasted barely more than three years, though in 2008 a more permanent service again re-connected Corby to the outside world. Mike Dean.
On May 9, 1987, a month after the passenger service to Corby had been re-instated, Class 122 55004 takes a full load past Corby North box (south of Corby station!) on its way to Kettering and connection with the outside world. Mike Dean.
M55004 seen in Bedford station in April 1988. Mike Cooper.
Class 122 55004 is seen stabled at Tyseley on 08.04.1989 complete with Network South East decals and a coat of arms on the bodyside. 55011 is behind. Andy Cole.
Class 115 power car 51674 leads class 122 55004 over Oakley viaduct with a Corby to Kettering service, January 30, 1988. Mike Dean.
Class 122 55011 is seen stabled at Tyseley on 08.04.1989 complete with Network South East decals and a coat of arms. At the time this unit and 55004, to the left, had just transferred back to Tyseley from Bletchley. Andy Cole.