Now in its second role, but originally built as 4 car units, is this 1959 Derby Suburban now a Chester allocated Class 127 DMU, set 916 (55986 + 55976). From new these units were almost exclusively used on the London St Pancras - Bedford services as 4-car units before being displaced in June 1983, in 1985 22 redundant power cars which had been stored at Carlisle were rebuilt to form 11 two car parcels units, car A was for Express Parcels and car B was for Newspapers, they lasted in service until 1989. Taken on the 11th June 1988 at Crewe. Andrew J Crowther.
Converted Class 127 M55986 heads south past the site of Burton Latimer & Isham station on the 19th April 1989. Mike Dean.
Class 127 parcels conversion 55986 seen after withdrawal at Crewe Basford Hall in January 1990. S Gaskell.
Parcels unit 916 (55986 formerly 51627 and 55976 formerly 51625), converted from the power cars of a former "Bed-Pan" hydraulic class 127 set, sitting sadly withdrawn and awaiting it's fate at Crewe Gresty Lane sidings. Three of these ex-parcels power cars were preserved and currently (2018) all three are at the Midland Railway - Butterley. The other half of this unit, 55976/51625 is one of the three preserved examples and has been rebuilt back to it's original passenger carrying layout. Robert Chilton.
Class 127 55980, set number 910, is seen stabled at Tyseley along with sister car 55970 on 08.04.1989. Andy Cole.
51634 with set 59639 + 59611 + 51611 waiting at Gospel Oak on 5/07/83 with the 18:15 service for Barking. Shayne Lewis.
Derby works built Rolls Royce, hydraulic DMU (leading car M51635) enters Harpenden on the 15th September 1979 as it had done for many years, but as can be seen the wind of change is arriving with the first of the overhead masts being in place. 54A South Dock.
DMBS M51635 leads a pair of class 127 4-car units at St.Pancras waiting to work another service to Bedford. Saturday 22nd January 1983 Iain Reid.
Two Class 127 parcel units pass though Northampton on 2 May 1987. Lewis Bevan.
Class 127 55984, set number 914, is seen stabled outside the Factory at Tyseley on 28.06.1987. This was converted from 51639. Andy Cole.
Class 127 55984, set number 914, is seen inside the factory at Tyseley while undergoing repairs on 01.04.1989. This car was rebuilt from 51639, from a passenger car into a parcels carrying car, complete with roller doors. These sets normally kept to formation, but 55984's partner 55974 was scrapped early on, and on this day it was partnered with 55971. Andy Cole.
At St Pancras on the 24th April 1983 is a Class 127 set with 51640 closest to the camera. Chris Lings.
55974 and 55984 are led by 55979 with 55969 (out of sight) and are hauling a BG when seen at Carnforth on 6/10/85. Robert Frise.
A four-car class 127 "Bed-Pan" hydraulic DMU set led by 51646 heads for St. Pancras at Flitwick on 6/Dec/1980. Robert Chilton.
M51647 (and to its left M51626) at Leicester depot in January 1985. Ian Francis.
Framed in Victoria bridge 55987/55977 leave Manchester Victoria at 08:58 on 23/11/85. The headcode displayed - 9A - the steam shed code for Longsight and 7 for set 917? Paul Moxon.
Pair of class 127 4-car units await custom at St.Pancras early morning Sunday 5th June 1983. DMBS M51650 leads the unit on the right. Note the blue/grey liveried TSL in the unit on the left, several trailers were soon to be transferred for use elsewhere (hence the relivery) when the class ceased operations on the 'BedPan' line. Iain Reid.
Class 127 TS 59593 in between Class 116 power cars 53866 and 53902 as set TS612 at Porthmadoc in July 1987. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Class 127 trailer second lavatory M59527. Seen in Derby Midland station, date unknown. Malcolm Clements.
Class 127 TS M59596 carries it's Tyseley set number under the vehicle number. Seen at Snailwell in October 1991. Surface Stock.