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Class 105/6 Cravens 2 & 3-car DMUs


Non-Passenger Use

51260   TDB 977453   Driver training / route learning
51286   TDB 977123   Driver training / route learning 
51296   TDB 977124   Driver training / route learning
56129   ADB 977114   Sandite vehicle (based at Cricklewood)
56142   ADB 977048   Sandite vehicle (based at Buxton)
56145   ADB 977052   Sandite vehicle (based at Toton)
56427   ADB 977051   Sandite vehicle (based at Wigan with Class 103 977047)
56440   TDB 977454   Driver training / route learning
56444   TDB 977125   Driver training / route learning
56445   TDB 977126   Driver training / route learning
56448   ADB 977050   Sandite vehicle (based at Crewe)
56474   ADB 977049   Sandite vehicle (based at Bescot)

Lincoln's TDB 977123-6 had interior fittings, including doors and seats taken out. They were converted at the end of 1982 and were seen as far away as Sheffield and Leicester by March '83. They vehicles later moved to Doncaster and were used for route learning due to the York ECML diversion. By Nov/Dec. their work was done and they spent most of the time stabled outside the works. 977453/4 were converted in 1986.

Route Learner Class 105

The image shows one of the route learning sets at Sheffield Midland in April '83. It still has it's rubber pad between the cab window and the first "passenger" window, which was fitted to avoid tablets damaging the bodywork when exchanged on the move. Ian Francis

The Sandites were converted at Carlisle Currock in 1982. Other vehicles (including 56148) were considered for conversion but rejected.

Parcels

The ER converted (generally by removing the seating) several vehicles in the period around 1985 for parcels use. They were used out of Cambridge on Red Star traffic such as to Liverpool St, sometimes hauling a GUV. The second column shows the withdrawal dates.

51293 3/87 renumbered 55944
53361 3/89  
53362 3/87 renumbered 55945
53364 3/89 allocated 55946
53365 3/89  
53367 3/89  
53368 3/89  
53369 9/88  
53373 3/89 allocated 55947

The MOD was apparently going to buy 56462 for training, but bought Class 100 56111 instead.

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