51043 seen at Ayr, circa August 1981. This vehicle is now preserved on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Andrew McConnell.
Set 126 413 is seen departing from Ayr station in late summer 1981. Intermediate DMS 51026 is on the rear. Andrew McConnell.
126 413 + 418 roll into Prestwick Station in 1982, two of the last handful of Intercity sets in their last summer of operation. Andrew McConnell.
Class 126 DMU 126 413 is seen at Lochside in 1982. Andrew McConnell.
Leading power car SC51043 is on the rear of a Swindon Inter-City Class 126 DMU seen departing from Glasgow Central station, probably in 1982. The buckeye couplings were normally left in the upright position due to the frequent joining of and splitting of sets for different services. Ian MacDonald.
126 413 departs for Ayr from platform 13 of Glasgow Central in August 1982 with SC51043 on the rear. Andrew McConnell.
51043, 59404 and 51017 at Dunfermline Townhill depot in 1983. They had been stored there during the tendering process to preservationists, and they are being prepared to leave for their new home on the Caledonian Railway. Andrew McConnell.
126 413 (51043, 59404, 51017) at Thornton Yard, Fife, in May 1983, waiting to be rail-freighted as part of an overnight working to Aberdeen the same night. It was dropped off at Laurencekirk, where it left the British Railways network for the last time. Andrew McConnell.
51043, 59404 and 51017 sit in the yard at Laurencekirk in May 1983. They'd been moved by rail from storage at Dunfermline Townhill, and would be moved by road to preservation on the Caledonian Railway. Andrew McConnell.
"Intercity 125" meets Intercity Class 126 DMU early on a spring morning in 1983 at Laurencekirk. The DMU had been hauled up from Thornton Yard in Fife attached to a Class 40 hauled freight. It would shortly leave BR metals, being craned onto flatbed trailers later in the day for the move to the Brechin railway. Andrew McConnell.
126 413 (Sc51043, Sc59404 (and Sc51017)) with limited time still on BR metals at Laurencekirk Goods Yard in May 1983, as they await road movement to preservation on the Caledonian Railway (Brechin). Andrew McConnell.
Class 126 set 126 414 in Ayr station circa 1981. DMBS(L) Sc51044 is closest. This class had the white circle coupling code, they are not very prominent on this vehicle! Andrew McConnell.
126 414 led by Sc51044 leaves Ayr for Girvan in 1981. 126 414 was one of the best condition 126 sets at the time, but was withdrawn in a cull of 8 complete sets in 8/82, leaving only 126 406 and 413 in service. Andrew McConnell.
Set formation 126414. with DMBS SC51044 nearest the camera, is seen in Kyle Street carriage sidings at Ayr on the 28th May 1981. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A six-car Class 126 formation in Ayr station on June 14, 1981. Stephen Burdett.
Sc51044 at the front of 126 414 in Ayr station, circa 1982, it was one of the last few Class 126 sets in service. Andrew McConnell.
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.
126 418 at Prestwick in 1982. One of the last few Intercity sets in its last summer of operation. Andrew McConnell.
Swindon 3-car "Intercity" Class 126 DMU 126418 (DMS SC51025 nearest camera) at Largs with a train for Glasgow Central - c.1979. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
Unit 126 418 heads a 6 car set departing Platform 13 of Glasgow Central for Ayrshire in 1982. Andrew McConnell.