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Vehicle 55020 / 977722 / 55020


Class 121

BR Diagram 512

Builder: Pressed Steel
Type: High Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30518
Diagram: 512

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

55020 - original number
977722 - from Jan-92 (departmental stock)
55020 - from Sep-02 (returned to passenger use)

Department Use as ADB977722

Sandite / Route Learner. Returned to passenger use. From 1/92 to 8/99. Carried set number 960002

Images:

DMU

Date: 21st June 1969

Set number: 120

Class 121 55020 seen at Marlow on June 21st, 1969 waiting to depart with the 17:08 to Bourne End. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: 21st June 1969

Set number: 120

Class 121 55020 caught at the Bourne End / Marlow platform at Maidenhead on June 21st 1969, waiting to depart with the 16:40 service. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: 21st June 1969

Set number: 120

55020 passes 55024 (set 124) at Bourne End on the Marlow branch, June 21st 1969. 55024 on the left is on the 14:57 shuttle to High Wycombe, 55020 has arrived from Maidenhead, after reversing it will continue to Marlow. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: 30th July 1977

Set number: L120

55020 calls at South Greenford on 30th July 1977. I was born next to this "station" in the adjacent maternity hospital in 1958. I have been told W50008 was working the Greenford Loop "push & pull" on this day. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 30th July 1977

Set number: L120

On 30th July 1977 55020 leaves the GW main line at West Ealing. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 16th October 1978

Set number: L120

On 16th October 1978 55020 calls at Castlebar Park Halt on the Greenford loop. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 16th October 1979

Set number: L120

Calling at Drayton Green on 16th October 1979 55020 is heading towards Ealing Broadway. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 2nd January 1980

Set number: L120

W55020 at Iver heading for Slough on 2/1/80. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: 2nd January 1980

Set number: L120

55020 passes by at West Drayton on the 2nd January 1980. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: May 1980

Set number: L120

I have forgotten the day but in May 1980 55020 was working a shuttle service on the GWR Brentford branch. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: May 1980

Set number: L120

On the GWR Brentford branch in May 1980 55020 is seen at "Three Bridges" where road crosses canal crosses rail. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: May 1980

Set number: L120

Further down the Brentford Branch in May 1980 55020 passes Trumpers Crossing, site of a former halt. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 19th February 1983

Set number: L120

Class 121 single car W55020 (L120) hauling class 121 DTS W56289 (L289) draw to a halt at the single remaining in use platform at Windsor & Eton Central on the shuttle service from Slough, Saturday 19th February 1983 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 5th November 1983

Set number: L120

The headboard for the Glamorgan Freighter railtour gets added to 55020 at Abernant Colliery, 5th November 1983. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 5th November 1983

Set number: L120

55020 at the end of a long formation on the Glamorgan Freighter railtour, 5/11/83. Seen at Swansea East Depot. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 5th November 1983

Set number: L120

The seven car Glamorgan Freighter railtour seen at Onllwyn, 5/11/83. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 5th November 1983

Set number: L120

55020 at the front of the Glamorgan Freighter railtour seen at Onllwyn, 5/11/83. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 1st June 1985

55020 on display at Reading open day (1st June 1985) in ex-works condition. Andrew McConnell.

DMU

Date: 15th September 1985

Set number: 120

GWR liveried 55020 and Class 117 B430 (51368 / 59520 / 51410) at an Old Oak Common open day on Sunday 15th September 1985. Richard Himson.

DMU

Date: 15th September 1985

Set number: 120

55020 and B430 (51368) at OC, earlier in the day the two had worked together on open day shuttles on Sunday 15th September 1985. Richard Himson.

DMU

Date: 1986

Set number: 120

55020 in it's chocolate & cream livery is seen in 1986 when it was hired by the GWR Preservation Group for shuttles along the freight only Brentford line. Chris Adams.

DMU

Date: 3rd June 1986

Set number: 120

GWR liveried 55020 sits beside two Class 128 parcel vehicles at Paddington, 3/6/86. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: 30th April 1987

Set number: 120

55020 seen at Reading, 30/4/87. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: unknown

977722 and 977858 at Aylesbury depot. Date unknown. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 960002

977722, 977858 and a Class 117 power car (51411?) at Aylesbury. Undated. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 960002

977722 in the sidings at Aylesbury depot. Undated. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: 29th July 2000

Set number: 960002

977722 at Aylesbury in the days before it was refurbished and turned to use as 55020. 29th July 2000. Roger Marks.

DMU

Date: 2nd April 2003

Set number: 121020

55020 at Princes Risborough on delivery run, 2nd April 2003, attached to 977858. Roger Marks.

DMU

Date: 21st April 2003

Set number: 121020

55020 outside Aylesbury depot, with a shed extension being built behind. 21/4/03. Colin Cooke.

DMU

Date: 13th June 2003

Set number: 121020

Recently restored to passenger service, class 121 single car 55020/121020 works a morning Aylesbury to Princes Risborough service past Marsh Crossing (just south of Aylesbury), Friday 13th June 2003 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 13th June 2003

Set number: 121020

Recently restored to passenger service, class 121 single car 55020/121020 works a morning Aylesbury to Princes Risborough service past Marsh Crossing (south of Aylesbury) heading away towards Little Kimble, Friday 13th June 2003 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 13th June 2003

Set number: 121020

Class 121 55020/121020 approaches Little Kimble on a morning Princes Risborough to Aylesbury service, Friday 13th June 2003 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 13th June 2003

Set number: 121020

Class 121 55020/121020 passes Monks Risborough as it nears Princes Risborough on a morning service from Aylesbury, Friday 13th June 2003. Note the red tail lamps have erroneously been left on following its turn round at Aylesbury Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 17th May 2004

Set number: 121020

55020 At Aylesbury platform 1, 17th May 2004. Roger Marks.

DMU

Date: 30th August 2004

Set number: 121020

55020 working "The Quaintonian" on the 30th August 2004, at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

DMU

Date: 30th August 2004

Set number: 121020

55020 working "The Quaintonian" on the 30th August 2004, at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

DMU

Date: 15th October 2004

Set number: 121020

Class 121 55020 with a Class 122 (006) at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway during the Railcar50 event, 15/10/04. Ian Francis.

DMU

Date: 16th October 2004

Set number: 121020

55020 at Bewdley while operating Bewdley - Kidderminster shuttles during the Railcar50 event, 16/10/04. Mel Holley.

DMU

Date: December 2006

Set number: 121020

55020 at Aylesbury, December 2006. Fred Clark.

DMU

Date: 19th June 2008

Set number: 121020

55020 arrives at Aylesbury platform 3 from Princes Risborough, 19/6/08. Niall Gray.

DMU

Date: 8th October 2010

Class 121 55020 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley line on 8th October 2010. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 8th October 2010

Class 121 55020 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway on 8th October 2010. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 8th October 2010

Class 121 55020 at Arley on the Severn Valley line 8th October 2010. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 8th October 2010

Class 121 at Arley on the Severn Valley line 8th October 2010. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 8th October 2010

Class 121 55020 at Arley on the Severn Valley line on 8th October 2010. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 121020

55020 on Quaintonian shuttle duties at Quainton Road, circa 2011. Graham Baker.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: 16th April 1965

W56285 and W55020 are working the 4.25pm Oxford - Reading (G) when seen at Goring triangle (troughs) on the 16th April 1965. Michael Mensing.

DMU

Date: 30th July 1978

Set number: L404

On a railtour around London area branchlines 51337 on the front of class 117 set L404 has arrived at Staines West on 30th July 1978. The blue vehicle is bubble 55020. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 19th February 1983

Set number: L289

Class 121 DTS W56289 (L289) hauled by class 121 single car W55020 (L120) make a smokey departure from Slough onto the Windsor branch, Saturday 19th February 1983 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 5th November 1983

Set number: B439

The 'Glamorgan Freighter' railtour during its stop at Swansea East Depot on 5 November 1983. It was formed of B439 (51348 / 59479 / 51390), L406 (51341 / 59493 / 51383) & L120 (55020) Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 23rd January 1988

Set number: L127

On the 23rd January 1988 triple bubble formation W55027, 55020 and 55021 are seen at Oxford. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 29th January 1988

Set number: 122

From left to right - 54070 (L201), 55022 (carrying set number 122), 55027 and 55020 at Reading on the 29th January 1988. The bubbles are each carrying a different livery. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 1st May 1998

The former 55020, now 960002, is seen berthed at reading Depot on the 1st May 1998. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 29th October 1999

Set number: L120

Now in departmental service the former 55020, now 960002 is seen berthed at Aylesbury depot on the 29th October 1999. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: unknown

117 306 and 977722 (960002) at Aylesbury (date unknown). Graham Baker.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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