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Vehicle 50338 / 53338 / 977694


Class 101

BR Diagram 621

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: 30276
Diagram: 621

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50338 - original number
53338 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
977694 - from Apr-91 (departmental stock)

Department Use as RDB977694

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

Images:

DMU

Date: 3rd May 1986

Set number: C807

Class 101 set C807 (53338 + 53309) is seen at Tyseley carriage sidings on 03.05.1986. It was allocated to Cardiff at the time and still retained First Class. Andy Cole.

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: 7th September 2000

Iris II - 977694 + 977693 - is seen at Derby on September 7, 2000. Andy Cole.

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.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: 3rd May 1986

Set number: C807

Class 101 DMBS 53309, set number C807, is seen stabled at Tyseley carriage sidings on 03.05.1986, with 53338. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: unknown

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

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 Withdrawn and stored at Derby's Railway Technical Centre, it was sold by Network Rail to a private buyer in early 2008.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: 7th September 2000

977693 and 977694 (IRIS II) is seen at Derby on 07.09.2000. Andy Cole.

DMU

Date: November 2005

Set number: 901002

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

                                                                                                                                                                             

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