Sc51039 seen in Ayr depot in the early 1980s. Ian MacDonald.
SC51012 in Kyle Street Sidings - a stabling point beside Ayr station - in the early 1980s. Ian MacDonald.
Sc51047 COND at Thornhill, March 1982. Sc51047 in a rake of withdrawn Swindon DMU vehicles at Thornhill sidings in transit to their final destination, the boarded up windows indicating that the vehicle is contaminated with blue asbestos. When researching the scrapping date for this vehicle I discovered that Sc51047 was involved in an accident at Kyle Street Sidings (adjacent to Ayr station) 20/6/61. The set had been routed into a siding containing four tank wagons instead of into an adjacent empty siding. The cab front was quite badly stoved in. The vehicle was repaired and remained in service until 11/81. Andrew McConnell.
51017 is on the rear of 59397 & 51038 departing Glasgow Central on the 9th April 1982. Jerry Glover.
A class 126 formation and a class 37 are seen at the site of Shields Road Station on 01-06-1982. The rear class 126 vehicle is DMS(L) Sc51008. The Swindon units by this time being phased out, but all the available units were pressed into service for special trains in connection with the Pope's visit to Glasgow on this day. The units were stored during the day in Smithy Lye, on the other side of the Shields Road bridge, behind the photo location. Andrew McConnell.
The Papal visit to Bellahouston Park in 1982 required the use of a large number of extra trains - as a result most of the then surviving Class 126 units were mobilised. Sc51026 is seen here in the (now former) carriage sidings at Smithy Lye on 01/06/82. As the DMBS vehicle determines the unit number, it was unusual for a Swindon DMS to carry a set number. Andrew McConnell.
Sc51036 in Kyle Street sidings (behind Ayr station) in August 1982. At this time the class had gone past their BR "sell by" date and almost all of the class lay out of use. 126 406 and 413 (behind) were both withdrawn and reinstated 8/82 and became the only two sets to survive past the end of the month, remaining in service until January of the following year. (Panoramic composite of previously submitted image). Andrew McConnell.
51012 awaits its fate after withdrawal. The boarded up windows were a sign it was an asbestos contaminated vehicle. At Falkland Yard in August 1982. Andrew McConnell.
Two Swindon Inter-City Class 126 sets seen inside Ayr depot in August 1982. 51044 is on the left at 51017 on the right. Ian MacDonald.
Sc51017 and Sc51043 face off in Ayr (Kyle St sidings), August 1982. The vehicles were then part of the last two Class 126 units to survive (126 413 and 126 406). The best example of each type of 126 vehicle from the last two sets were remarshalled to form the now preserved Class 126 unit, 126 413 (Sc51017, Sc59404, Sc51043). Andrew McConnell.
The surviving Class 126 sets (126 406 and 413) together with loose power car Sc51016 sit in Ayr (Kyle St) carriage sidings in August 1982. The sets had been both withdrawn and reinstated in this month, eventually surviving in traffic until January '83. Andrew McConnell.
Sc51016 waits a turn of service that would never come Ayr (Kyle St) August 1982. The vehicle is the last one shown in service apart from the final two Sets (126 413 and 406) which would soldier on until January of the following year. Andrew McConnell.
The surviving Class 126 sets (126 406 and 413) in Ayr (Kyle St) carriage sidings in August 1982. The sets had been both withdrawn and reinstated in this month, eventually surviving in traffic until January '83. Andrew McConnell.
126 413 departs for Ayr from platform 13 of Glasgow Central in August 1982 with SC51043 on the rear. Andrew McConnell.
Class 126 intermediate DMS Sc51026 at Largs on August 1st, 1982. John Carter.
A six-car Class 126 formation in Largs station on August 1st, 1982, with Sc51036 closest. A Class 107 is stabled on the right with Sc51012 closest. John Carter.
Two Swindon Inter-City sets in Ayr shed in August 1982. 51044 is on the left and 51017 on the right. Andrew McConnell.
51017 + 59411 + 51036 at Hunterston on the 9th October 1982 with the "Ayrshire Wanderer" railtour. Ian MacDonald.
The "Ayrshire Wanderer" railtour is seen at Hunterston on the 9th October 1982. It was formed of 51017 / 59411 / 51036 + 51043 / 59404 / 51026. Ian MacDonald.
126 406 has just passed Elderslie No2 Signal Box and is crossing the flyunder for the Kilmacolm Branch (the truncated G&SWR main line to Greenock Princes Pier). The unit would have hit top speed along this section and would shortly after have the brakes applied hard for the stop at Johnstone. The short, 7 minute journey from Paisley to Johnstone was one of my favourite regular DMU trips. Photo taken at the very end of Class 126 operation - probably end of November 1982. The Kilmacolm line was closed in January 1983. Andrew McConnell.