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Vehicle 55016 / 975540


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:

55016 - original number
975540 - from Nov-75 (departmental stock)

Department Use as TDB975540

Route Learner From 11/75 to 5/93.

Images:

DMU

Date: unknown

55016 seen at Looe, date unknown. John Vaughan.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L102

975540 (ex-55016). Date and location unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L102

975540 is seen here in Tinsley, part way through some body repairs, around about 1980. Richard Himson.

DMU

Date: 20th March 1981

Set number: L102

With its 'bull horns' prominent, class 122 single car DMU TDB975540, the Western Region Route Learning Saloon set L102, 'charges' into Gloucester on 20 March 1981. The 'Bubble Cars' as they became affectionately known, were essentially a class 116 Driving Motor Brake Second with a cab at both ends. This unit was built by the Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Co. and entered service as W55016 in July 1958, allocated to Southall depot. November 1975 saw it enter departmental service, where it remained as a route learning vehicle, until withdrawn in May 1993 and disposed of by MC Metals in the July of that year. Gordon Edgar.

DMU

Date: 22nd August 1987

Class 122 975540 is seen stabled at Reading on 22.08.1987. It was converted from 55016 and was used as a route learning car. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: 29th June 1991

975540 - the former 55016 - at Bristol Bath Road TMD on the 29th June 1991. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: 15th July 1992

Set number: T008

Rail blue liveried class 122 route learner no. TDB975540, formerly 55016, sits at Tyseley depot with the GWR chocolate & cream class 117 stabled behind on 15/Jul/1992. 975540 was withdrawn in 1993. Robert Chilton.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L102

L012 (possibly 975540 / 55016) seen at Royal Oak. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: unknown

55033 is seen at Blythe Bridge on a Crewe - Derby work, date unknown. The blue vehicle is probably 975540, unseen is 55034. Simon Barnes.

DMU

Date: unknown

A triple bubble formation, seen at Blythe Bridge on a Crewe - Derby working. Identifiable cars are 55033 (Midline) and T014 / 55034 (blue grey), the rail blue vehicle is probably 975540. Undated. Simon Barnes.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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