Builder: Pressed Steel
Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30518
55031 - original number
977976 - from Feb-02 (departmental stock)
Severn Tunnel Emergency Unit From 12/02 to 4/08. Carried set number 960303
55031 on the front of a seven-car formation At Southall. Behind is two-cars from a three-car set, a single power car, and a three-car set. Date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
55031 runs through Sonning Cutting on the 10th April 1976. Steve Davies Collection.
In the mid eighties 55031 is seen heading along the Great Western main line at West Ealing. Ian Buck.
Arriving at Paddington is 55031 on the 17th July 1985. Ian Buck.
55031 / L131 at Ealing Broadway with a westbound service in January 1990. John McIntyre.
55031 at Ealing Broadway with the 10:03 Greenford - Paddington, 13/4/91. Gazza Prescott.
55031 and 55028 wait to depart Paddington on the 06:36 to Greenford, sitting beside Class 117 set L421 on 13/4/91. Gazza Prescott.
55031 and 55028 at West Ealing with the 06:36 Paddington to Greenford, 13/4/91. Gazza Prescott.
55031 at Paddington, 17th June 1991. Mike Cooper.
55031 "Leslie Crabbe" in number 4 road at Bletchley in 1993, with 55029 on its left. Graham Baker.
55031 waiting to leave with the 10:40 to Bletchley at Bedford Midland, 21/8/93. Gazza Prescott.
On a wintry 29th March 1995 55031 departs Bedford St Johns. Ian Buck.
55031 at Bletchley on the 16th May 1995. Ian Buck.
M55031 at Bletchley on 5 July 1995 to work the 17.50 to Bedford. Lewis Bevan.
55031 worked all day on 55027's first outing on passenger use in Silverlink colours, and the pair are seen here at Bletchley. Lee Ellershaw.
Until the mid-90s St Johns was the terminus of services from Bletchley. However sense prevailed and the service extended to Bedford Midland. The remains of St Johns were replaced by a halt seen here as a Bletchley bound train appeared in the form of class 121 single unit 55031 in NSE livery, May 1999. Stephen Burdett.
NSE liveried class 121 bubble car 55031 crosses the Great Ouse on its way from Bedford Midland to Bletchley in May 1999. Stephen Burdett.
Unusually working the Gospel Oak to Barking line at Upper Holloway is 55031 seen on 13th August 1999. Ian Buck.
On 4 October 1999 an early evening Bletchley to Bedford service, with two Pressed Steel class 121 Twin 'bubble cars' (55031 leading), gets underway from the Stewartby station stop just as the sun finds a gap in the clouds at the right moment. The signal gantry was on the lean! Gordon Edgar.
Name of 55031 on 3rd February 2000. Ian Buck.
55031, 55027 and 55029 seen at Lidlington on 13/5/00. Greg Scott notes "The destination blind box shows HI. Presumably when the units were transferred to Great Eastern from Bletchley, the original blinds were removed to be replaced with Marks Tey/Sudbury. When the units were transferred back to Bletchley, the blinds weren't replaced. These units were subsequently transferred to Aylesbury Depot, where I noted that whoever left the message 'HI' did so with Panini football stickers!" Ian McDonald.
Triple bubble formation 55031, 55027 and 55029 seen at Stewartby on 13th May 2000. Ian McDonald.
Class 121 55031 LESLIE CRABBE, set number 121 031, is seen passing Washwood Heath on0 8.06.2000 in Network South East livery. Andy Cole.
"Double Bubbles" 55031 and 55029 at Soho on the 14th June 2000. Ian McDonald.
26.06.2000 Class 121 55031 LESLIE CRABBE is seen passing Washwood Heath in Network South East livery on a route learning train coupled with 55029. 55031 was later converted to 977976 and was used as part of the Severn Tunnel emergency train. Andy Cole.
55028 and 55031 awaits departure from Paddington on the 06:05 to Greenford, 13th April 1991. Gazza Prescott.
55027 "Bletchley TMD" at Bletchley in the late '90s, with NSE liveried 55031. Graham Baker.
Three bubbles - 55029, 55031 and 55027 along with a stored Class 117 at Bletchley in 1999. Graham Baker.
Four bubbles at Bletchley on the 1st May 1999. From left to right: 977723, 55031, 55027 & 55029. Note the number on Silverlink 55027 is missing the final two digits. Ian McDonald.
Pressed Steel class 121 'Bubble Cars' Nos.55027 'Bletchley TMD' (in Silverlink livery) and 55031 'Leslie Crabbe'(in Network Southeast livery) rasp away from Stewartby station forming a Bedford to Bletchley service on 25 May 1999. This was meant to be a Fuji colour transparency, but at the end of the day when I rewound the film and opened the film back I discovered that I had been using Agfa Scala B&W transparency film for the whole of the mostly sunny day. Such were the trials and tribulations of using film cameras! Gordon Edgar.
55027 and 55031 at Millbrook on the 1st July 1999. Ian McDonald.
Silverlink and NSE bubble cars seen at Bescot in 2000. Both vehicles are named, so they are either 55027, 55029 or 55031. Simon Barnes.
Triple bubbles! 55029, 55027 & 55031 at Lidlington on 13th May 2000. Ian McDonald.
"Double Bubbles" 55029 and 55031 at Soho on the 14th June 2000. Ian McDonald.
Class 121 55029 MARSTON VALE, set number 121 029, is seen passing Washwood Heath on 23.06.2000 in Silverlink livery coupled with 55031 LESLIE CRABBE in Network South East livery. Andy Cole.