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Vehicle 79018 / 975007


Derby Lightweight

BR Diagram 503

Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Length: 57ft
Coupling Code: Yellow Diamond
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30123
Diagram: 503

Allocations

22/01/55 New to 12A (Carlisle Upperby)
Jul-55 Transferred to 12D (Workington)
3w/e 28/02/65 Transferred to 12B (Carlisle Upperby)
4w/e 08/06/68 Withdrawn from 12B (Carlisle Upperby)
01/11/70 To departmental stock
Dec-75 Listed at OC
1994 Withdrawn

Notes

11/08/81 - On the night of 10/11 August 1981 TDB 975007/975008 operated from Reading to Eastleigh via Salisbury and Southampton. The following day they operated from Eastleigh to Stewarts Lane via Basingstoke, Woking, Guildford and Redhill.

25/10/82 - The Ultrasonic test train could be found working on the SR on three consecutive nights between 25 and 28 October 1982. 975007 and 975008 worked between Reading and Waterloo; over South Eastern Division suburban routes from Victoria and Holborn Viaduct; and on the Central Division between Clapham Junction, Three Bridges and Horsham via the Quarry line, also Horsham - Leatherhead.

26/06/83 - DB975007/008 were back on the Southern Region on 26/6/83. That night they ran over South Western Division territory, the next over South Eastern, and Central division on 28/29th. They returned to the South Western on 30 June, finishing at Reading Triangle Sidings at 05:02 on the morning of 1 July.

Aug-83 - In the last week of August 1983 975007/8 were working on lines in the West of England.

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

79018 - original number
975007 - from Oct-70 (departmental stock)

Department Use as DB975007

Ultrasonic Test Train From 11/70 to 1994.

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:


79018 79610 As delivered to 12A - 22nd January 1955

Images:

DMU

Date: unknown

Reading based Derby Lightweight "Low Density" 2-car DMU DB975007 (formerly DMBS M79018) and DB975008 (DTC M79612) operating as Ultrasonic Test Train at Tyseley - c.1970. Both cars are now believed to be preserved at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. 53A Models of Hull Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

975007 + 975008, the Ultrasonic Test Train at Faversham. Date unknown. Stuart Pearce.

DMU

Date: 30th March 1979

The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 + 975008 seen at Leamington Spa on 30/03/1979. Graeme Phillips Collection.

DMU

Date: 25th September 1982

The Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 / 975008 seen at Reading on the 25th September 1982. Jerry Glover.

DMU

Date: 6th July 1985

Displaying the headcode 6Z08, Ultrasonic Test Train DB975007 - DB975008 arrives at the south end of platform 6 at Wigan North Western, 6th July 1985. Built in 1955 the unit had been converted to departmental use 15 years earlier and would eventually be secured for preservation after final withdrawal in 1994. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: 22nd October 1985

The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 + 975008 at Newcastle on 22/10/1985. Graeme Phillips Collection.

DMU

Date: 23rd August 1986

975007 is seen at Tyseley carriage sidings on 23.08.1986 coupled to it's long time partner 975008. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: July 1987

The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 + 975008 rests probably at Reading station, circa July 1987. Stuart Mackay Collection.

DMU

Date: 16th January 1988

975007 is seen stabled at Tyseley on 16.01.1988. It was converted from 79018, and was used as an ultrsonic test train. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: 25th July 1988

975007/975008 seen at Reading on 25/7/88. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: unknown

The Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 / 975008 - date / location unknown. Ian Francis.

DMU

Date: unknown

Unknown location and date, probably Old Oak Common after withdrawal. Nick Green.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: 1971

All of the original West Cumberland trailer cars (M79600-12) were scrapped by Arnott Young at various locations other than two which moved to Derby. There one became part of the Ultrasonic test train, the other, M79610 (which was the original partner of the ultrasonic test train power car M79018) was scrapped at Cohens in Kettering in early 1971, where it is pictured. Tony Wilkins.

DMU

Date: 11th December 1976

The Ultrasonic Test Train, DB975008 - 975007 (formerly Derby Lightweight M79612-M79018) at Old Oak Common depot on 11 December 1976. The DMU found its way into preservation as a result of its extended career in departmental service. Photographer - Roy Burt. Gordon Edgar Collection.

DMU

Date: 1983

The Derby Lightweight ultrasonic test train 975008 / 975007 seen at Stewarts Lane in 1983. John Law.

DMU

Date: unknown

Reading stabling point taken from a Reading to Baskingstoke train. The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train (975007 (closest)/975008) can be seen, as well as 117s, a 101 centre car and a 119 DMBC with a bashed cab. John McIntyre.

DMU

Date: 23rd August 1986

975008 is seen stabled at Tyseley on 23.08.1986. It was converted from 79612, and is with partner 975007. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: July 1987

The Ultrasonic Test Train 975008 + 975007 seen entering Reading station circa July 1987. Stuart Mackay Collection.

DMU

Date: 12th August 1987

The Ultrasonic Test Train 975008 + 975007 is seen at Penzance on 12.08.1987. Andy Cole.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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