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Vehicle 55997 / 975385


Class 129

BR Diagram 531

Builder: Cravens
Type: Parcels Van
Length: 57ft
Coupling Code: Yellow Diamond
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30418
Diagram: 531

Allocations

Jul-58 New to 5B (Crewe South)
Sep-58 Transferred to 12B (Carlisle Upperby)
5w/e 02/07/60 Transferred to 14A (Cricklewood East)
5w/e 30/07/60 Transferred to 12B (Carlisle Upperby)
3w/e 03/05/69 Transferred to 9D (Newton Heath)
5w/e 06/11/71 Transferred to 6A (Chester)
May-73Depot code changeCH (Chester)
14/10/73 Withdrawn from CH (Chester)
Circa Jan-86 Withdrawn from HQ

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

55997 - original number
975385 - from Apr-75 (departmental stock)

Department Use as RDB975385

Laboratory Coach 9 "Hydra" From 4/75 to 1985.

Images:

DMU

Date: 29th August 1966

With two jumper cables hanging down suggesting it has recently been uncoupled from a Derby Lightweight unit, DMPV M55997 is seen in Carlisle station on the 29th August 1966. Michael Mensing.

DMU

Date: 10th April 1971

Cravens class 129 motor parcels van No.M55997 is seen at Newton Heath depot on 10th April 1971, with the new diesel depot under construction behind. This MPV operated with the Derby Lightweight units on the Maryport and Carlisle Line for many years before reallocation to Chester. M55997 was the first of the three 150hp AEC-engined parcels vans in this class and were built by Cravens in 1958. They ended their working days working from Chester and were withdrawn 1972/73. This unit eventually went to the Railway Technical Centre at Derby as RDB975385 'Laboratory Coach 9' named 'Hydra'. Gordon Edgar.

DMU

Date: 16th September 1972

An ex-works M55997 at Chester on 16/09/72. As the Class 129 was Yellow Diamond vehicle, it couldn't multiple to the vehicles that sandwich it. As the Met-Camm vehicle behind also appears to be ex-works, perhaps these vehicles were loco-hauled from works? David Mant.

DMU

Date: 1979

975385 seen 'behind the bike shed' at the Derby RTC in 1979. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 1979

975385 (ex-55997) at the Derby RTC in 1979. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: unknown

Class 129 975385 (ex-55997) "Hydra" at Vic Berrys, Leicester, with a 3-car blue/grey Class 104. Undated. Ian Francis.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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