Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30419
55019 - original number
975042 - from Nov-69 (departmental stock)
Route Learner (TDB) then Sandite (ADB) from 8/93 From 11/69 to ?. Carried set number 960015
With the eastern end of the 2 mile and 346 yard long Disley Tunnel in view, a Gloucester RC&W Co 1958 built class 122 dmu 55019, now departmental route learning car DB975042, is captured on what was then a freight only route that is now part of the Hope Valley line to Sheffield. 9th September 1973. Andrew J Crowther.
Route learner TDB975042 seen in Chesterfield station on the 4th March 1982. Vincent Haworth.
The Blues Brothers on the Toton leg of their tour! DB975042 forms a backdrop at Toton in April, 1982, to some of the route learning contingent from Guide Bridge. Look how proud they stand, this sums up British Rail, a group of guys working for the UK wide network before Thatcher ruined it. From left to right - Bob Malpas, Eddy Bowlas, Norman Robinson, Frank something or other, Jack Wright, Bill Millerin and guard something or other? This was an amazing few weeks. Woodhead had shut, thoughts of depot closure had evaporated when new work was coming our way and the future looked hopeful. On top of that, many of us already knew Derby, Tibshelf and Westhouses so the bits in between didn't take that long to learn, meaning a three week 'jolly' to form some stronger bonds with fellow railwaymen, which was a privilege. Arnie Furniss.
Toton shed from the road learning Class 122 DMU - April 1982. A very convivial two weeks spent on this single car DMU! Guard Heyl and myself already knew as far as Tibshelf in that direction and Derby in the other direction so a few games of scrabble or cards took place! Arnie Furniss.
Driver C.E. Bowlas, Guard Arnie Furniss and Driver Bob Malpas. Photo of DB975042 by Howard Heyl in April 1982. On the route learning DMU near Bradway Tunnel, en route to Toton. We had three weeks on this and some of us knew Derby, Doe Hill, Westhouses etc. already so we had a great time watching the world go by and playing Scrabble! Arnie Furniss.
Road learning DMU 975042 on Toton - April 1982. The travelling mess room. A very enjoyable couple of weeks was spent on this machine! Arnie Furniss.
975042 (ex-55019) seen at Manchester Victoria on the 9th February 1985. Paul Moxon.
DB975042 is seen stabled at Tyseley carriage sidings on 07.12.1985. It was converted from 55019 and was used as a route learning car. Andy Cole.
975042 sitting at Cricklewood, 20/2/88. It carries a Vic Berrys sign in a middle window, presumably it's been for asbestos stripping. It still has AEC engines. Malcolm Clements.
Headed by 975042 locked off to the public, the 13:31 Lichfield to Longbridge pulls out of Birmingham New Street on 29/8/88. PJ Evans.
975042 at Bedford on 17/12/88. Robert Frise.
975042 at Bedford on 17/12/88. Robert Frise.
975042 at Doncaster Works on the 10th June 1990. S Gaskell.
975042 - the former 55019 - seen recently repainted and on accommodation bogies in Doncaster Works on the 29th July 1990. The lack of partition between the cab and passenger saloon is a sign this is a route-learning vehicle. S Gaskell.
Class 122 975042 and a Chiltern Lines 115 at Aylesbury in 1990. John Law.
NSE liveried Class 122 975042 seen at Reading in September 1994. Tim Stubbs.
975042 at Bletchley TMD, date unknown. Graham Baker.
Berthed at Bletchley Depot route trainer 975042, ex 55019, on 16th May 1995. Ian Buck.
Route learner 55019 at Stratford Low Level on 22nd September 1995. Once on the North Woolwich line the Docklands Light Railway now works here. Ian Buck.
Repainted in Railtrack brown 975042 (55019) is stabled at Bletchley Depot on 3rd February 2000. Ian Buck.
975042 stabled at Aylesbury. Date unknown. Robert Frise Collection.
975042 at Crewe Diesel Depot on 31st May '03. Steve Hodgson.
975042 at Crewe Diesel Depot, 31st May '03. Steve Hodgson.
Sandite car 975042 (set 960015) is seen at Aylesbury on the 25th August 2003. This vehicle was originally 55019. Robert Frise.
975042 during a repaint into the then current Network Rail livery, as part of a G-exam. Seen at Aylesbury depot on 8/9/04, other work included re-instating all the previously plated over windows, and fitting tripcocks for working over LT lines. Stuart Mackay.
975042 during it's repaint into Network Rail yellow livery at Aylesbury on 8/9/04. The doors are all open as I'd just painted all the door edges. Stuart Mackay.
975042 freshly painted in Aylesbury depot on 8/9/04. Stuart Mackay.
975042 after it's repaint into the Network Rail yellow livery sits in Aylesbury depot D road, 6/11/2004. Roger Marks.
Sitting in the sidings next to Aylesbury station, 975042 seems to have the middle side window sheeted over. 15/1/07. Fred Clark.
Three weeks road learning at Toton, most of it on single unit DB975042 until it disappeared mysteriously on the last week. Here Guide Bridge Driver Norman 'Nobby' Robinson is seen here at the helm of the replacement 2 car unit, 56116 and 51124. Taken somewhere in the Hope Valley. Note the traditional brew can lid on the window sill! Arnie Furniss.
Sitting in the sidings at Aylesbury station, 15/1/07 beside 975042. Fred Clark.