Builder: Park Royal
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Lot Number: 30287
LMR didn't publish trailer car details until late in 1968. Although not 100% reliable, if it is assumed that the trailers remained with the same power cars, the allocations for 50401 during this period are:
|2w/e 03/05/58||New to||3C (Ryecroft)|
|Jun-60||Depot code change||21F (Ryecroft)|
|Sep-63||Depot code change||2G (Ryecroft)|
|w/e 07/01/67||Transferred to||6A (Chester)|
|Jan-71||Listed at||6A (Chester)|
|May-73||Depot code change||CH (Chester)|
|circa Feb-81||To departmental stock|
|p/e 20/06/86||Withdrawn||- No date given|
56156 - original number
977047 - from Dec-81 (departmental stock)
Sandite From 12/81 to 1985.
|50401||56156||As delivered to 3C - April 1958|
|CR205||50396||56156||Noted circa Jun-69|
Seen through the doors at the north end of Springs Branch maintenance shed is the former gangway end of Class 103 sandite vehicle 977047, October 1983. S Gaskell.
At Springs Branch on the left the distinctive Class 103 design of sandite vehicle 977047 can be seen, while on the right 40001 is at the far end of the former steam shed buffered with another class 40. A smart looking 08688 with gold painted numbers on the buffer beam takes centre stage. January 1984 S Gaskell.
On the left at Springs Branch in this January 1984 view is HAA hopper 355655, damaged the previous year in the Bickershaw coal train derailment. The four branch shunters include 08691 nearest and 08688 at the far end. On the right is Class 103 sandite 977047. S Gaskell.
977047, the only Class 103 to be used as a Sandite car, is seen at Wigan Springs Branch on the 22nd September 1984. Note the missing vacuum bag, and 'Sandite Vehicle' written on the bodyside. Paul Moxon.
Sandite DMU ADB977051 was converted in 1981 from Class 105 car no. M56427. Its partner behind was ADB977047, which was converted the same year from Class 103 car no. M56156. I saw both units so often at Springs Branch that they barely warranted a second glance, though I'm now very glad I got this shot which was taken more to finish my film than anything. 3rd June 1983 S Gaskell.