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Vehicle 55001 / 975023


Class 122

BR Diagram 539

Builder: GRC&W
Type: High Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30419
Diagram: 539

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

55001 - original number
975023 - from Jun-69 (departmental stock)

Department Use as TDB975023

Route Learner. Erroneously carried number DB975073 until April 1971. From 6/69 to 5/98. Carried set number 01

Department Use as TDB975073

This number was not allocated to this vehicle, but carried on 975023 by mistake. From ? to ?.

Images:

DMU

Date: 1970

975073 at Newport. This was a number carried erroneously by 975023, which dates this image as circa 1970. Tony Wilkins.

DMU

Date: 1971

975023 about to pass Hinksey South signalbox, Oxford in 1971. Adrian Vaughan.

DMU

Date: 30th May 1972

Set number: B101

Seen at Reading, 30/5/72. Through the cab windows you can see the partition to the van has been altered and there is some conventional seating in the van area for the crews that are route learning. David Mant.

DMU

Date: unknown

Gloucester Class 122 "Bubblecar" (formerly W55001) in use as route learning car DB975073 at Westbury - c.1970. The railcar erroneously carried the departmental number DB975073 from June 1969 until April 1971. It had beem allocated number TDB975023 and this was eventually applied around the latter date. 53A Models of Hull Collection.

DMU

Date: 1974

975023 is standing at Clink Rd up starter, and the guard is walking back to the box. 1974. Adrian Vaughan.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 01

TDB975023, unknown location and date. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 01

TDB975023 at Horbury & Ossett on the Wakefield to Huddersfield line. Unknown date. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: March 1977

DB975023, may have been TDB 975023 in this era. I'd not yet joined the railway brotherhood when I took this at Stockport in March 1977. Arnie Furniss.

DMU

Date: 10th August 1978

Set number: L101

TDB975023 is seen in Reading depot on August 10th, 1978. Rex Holt.

DMU

Date: 28th June 1979

Class 122 975023 was converted from 55001 for route learning duties and is seen at Exeter St Davids on 28.06.1979 in all over BR blue livery. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: 1982

Set number: L101

975023 (ex-55001) at Bristol Temple Meads in 1982. Robert Tarling.

DMU

Date: 25th April 1982

TDB 975023 at Laira depot during an open day on the 25th April 1982. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 5th August 1983

Set number: L101

Departmental class 122 single car TDB975023/L101 (ex 55001) stands in Reading's country end bay platform, Friday 5th August 1983 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 5th August 1983

Set number: L101

Departmental class 122 single car TDB975023/L101 (ex 55001) departs Reading westward, Friday 5th August 1983 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 1984

Set number: L101

TDB972023 at Lockeaze in 1984. Robert Tarling.

DMU

Date: 15th April 1984

Set number: L101

Class 122 single car DMU L101 (TDB975023) was a route learning unit based at Reading, but our tour party found it in Canton carriage sidings. It was eventually preserved following withdrawal in 1998. 15th April 1984. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: 21st April 1987

975023 approached the crossing at Ford Bridge, 21st April 1987. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

TDB975023 in Vic Berrys yard in Leicester, circa late 1987 / early 1988. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L101

TDB975023 in Vic Berrys yard in Leicester, circa late 1987 / early 1988. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L101

975023 in Vic Berrys yard in Leicester, circa late 1987 / early 1988. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 25th July 1989

Set number: 01

975023 (ex-55001) is seen at Liverpool Lime Street on the 25th July 1989. Gazza Prescott.

DMU

Date: 28th July 1990

Set number: 01

A number of these 1958 Gloucester built Class 122 single units saw service as route learners, this one TDB975023 ex 55001 is seen rounding the curve at Chinley East Junc, heading towards Sheffield on the Hope Valley line on the 28th July 1990. The line in the foreground is the freight only spur that leads to the quarries in the Buxton area. This unit is now preserved and resides on the East Lancs Railway at Bury. Andrew J Crowther.

DMU

Date: 29th August 1990

Set number: 01

TDB 975023 (55001) on 2T46 Peterborough to Longsight route learner at New Mills South Junction, 29/8/90. Kevin Dowd.

DMU

Date: 12th April 1991

TDB975023 near Ely with a Tyseley to Cambridge training trip on April 12, 1991. Surface Stock.

DMU

Date: 7th June 1991

Set number: 01

975023 (ex-55001) is on the rear of set T416 working the 6.53am Redditch - Litchfield when seen at Gravelly Hill. 7th June 1991. Gazza Prescott.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 01

TDB975023 seen stabled at Longsight TMD beside Class 108 set LO276. Date unknown. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 26th April 1992

Set number: 01

975023 at Longsight TMD, 26th April 1992. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: 7th May 1992

Set number: 01

975023 at Holbeck Shed No 6 Road where it had been in use it for road/route learning, 7/5/92. Michael Kaye 55A.

DMU

Date: 26th July 1992

Set number: 01

A number of these 1958 Gloucester built Class 122 single units saw service as route learners, this one TDB975023 ex 55001 is seen on Longsight depot on the occasion of the open day there on the 26th July 1992. This unit is now preserved and resides on the East Lancs Railway at Bury. Andrew J Crowther.

DMU

Date: 19th September 1993

Set number: 01

975023 On 5K23 Longsight to Crewe (Via Macc, Stoke, Stafford) at Cheadle Hulme, 19-9-93. Kevin Dowd.

DMU

Date: 6th November 1993

Set number: 01

975023 at Stockport. Note the windscreen wiper on the center window. The text after the BR Arrow was its unofficial name, 'Thunderbird'. Paul Moxon.

DMU

Date: 6th November 1993

Set number: 01

975023 at Stockport. Note the windscreen wiper on the center window. The text after the BR Arrow was its unofficial name, 'Thunderbird'. Paul Moxon.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: 12th July 1958

W56292 and W55001 are seen in platform four of Birmingham Snow Hill station on the 12th July 1958 with the 2pm service to Dudley. Michael Mensing.

DMU

Date: 22nd July 1980

Set number: TS052

Bubbles 55006 and 55001 pass near Leamington Spa with the 13:45 Leamington Spa - Stratford service on 22/07/1980. Graeme Phillips Collection.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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