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Vehicle 50222 / 53222 / 977693


Class 101

BR Diagram 523

Builder: Met-Camm
Type: Low-Density
Length: 57ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: AEC 150 hp / Leyland 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30261
Diagram: 523

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50222 - original number
53222 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
977693 - from Apr-91 (departmental stock)

Department Use as RDB977693

Lab Coach 19 - "Iris 2" From 4/91 to 4/08. Carried set number 901002

Images:

DMU

Date: unknown

Iris II 977693 / 977694 seen in platform 2 of London Victoria station. Undated. Chris Adams.

DMU

Date: 1991

Laboratory 19 is also known as "Iris II", and 977693 (ex-50222) is seen here at the RTC in 1991. Simon Barnes.

DMU

Date: 23rd March 1993

"Lab 19 Iris II" might sound like a specialist wing of the Porton Down Experimental Establishment but this was in fact the name of a DMU converted in 1991 from a power twin Metropolitan-Cammell class 101 unit (units 53222-53338). Rebuilt by the Research & Development Division of British Rail at Derby as a test train, it was initially used for radio survey work particularly with the National Radio Network (NRN) and later for video survey work including extensive signal sighting on the WCML prior to the introduction of 125 mph. Bearing the BR Research's silver and grey livery, it is seen passing through London Bridge station on 23 March 1993. Withdrawn and stored at Derby's Railway Technical Centre, it was sold by Network Rail to a private buyer in early 2008. After a short spell at Dunster station on the West Somerset Railway, it was moved to the Barry Tourist railway. Gordon Edgar.

DMU

Date: circa 1996

Lab 19 - Iris II - (977693 and 977694) and two Railtrack liveried sandite bubbles sitting on Bletchley tank road circa 1996. Graham Baker.

DMU

Date: 5th August 2000

Lab 19 - Iris II (977693 / 977694) at Old Oak Common Open Day on 5 August 2000. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: November 2005

Set number: 901002

977693 / 977694 at Carlisle in November 2005. Alan Ross.

DMU

Date: 18th December 2005

977693 at Grantham on December 18, 2005. Surface Stock.

DMU

Date: 18th December 2005

977693 at Grantham on December 18, 2005. Surface Stock.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: 8th May 1982

Set number: 403

Class 101 DMS (ex DMC) M50237 leads mixed liveried Tyseley set 403 (unknown TS & DMBS M50222) away from Didcot towards Oxford. Tyseley based unit on loan in London area? Saturday 8th May 1982 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 5th August 2000

Lab 19 - Iris II (977694 / 977693) at Old Oak Common Open Day on the 5th August 2000. Steve Hodgson.

DMU

Date: 5th August 2000

Lab 19 - Iris II (977694 / 977693) at Old Oak Common Open Day on 5 August 2000. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: November 2005

Set number: 901002

Iris II 977694 / 977693 at Carlise in November 2005. Alan Ross.

DMU

Date: 18th December 2005

Set number: 901002

Iris 2 (977694 + 977693) at Grantham on December 18, 2005. Surface Stock.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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