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Class 116 Derby 3-car DMUs


Refurbishment

The 116 units were one of the classes selected for refurbishment and this began in the mid 1970s with the South Wales sets. This involved a complete renovation of the internal fittings with tungsten lighting being replaced by fluorescent tubes, reupholstered seating and a modified heating system.

The two character train describer boxes which by this time were out of use were removed and a steel plate was flush welded in it’s place, (on unrefurbished cars the plate, where fitted, just covered the redundant box). The earlier four lamp fronted cars had the lower central lamp removed and the top roof dome mounted lamp was disconnected or was fitted with a blanking plate. The exhaust pipes were each fitted with exhaust silencers as they rose either side of the gangways to supplement the original underframe mounted silencers, this dramatically reduced but thankfully didn’t completely eliminate the typical DMU rasping engine note, which was most noticeable when pulling away from station stops etc, the trade mark of all unrefurbished units.

It’s interesting to note that refurbishment did not include the fitting of gangway connections, this work being undertaken separately. Those allocated to the LMR, SCR, and ER, were treated later, though some refurbished and gangwayed sets were transferred to Tyseley from Cardiff, in the late 70's.

Not all of the class 116 vehicles were refurbished, and a small number remained rail blue well into the 1980s, though by this date most cars whether refurbished or not were at least repainted blue and grey.

Although toilets were never fitted to the trailers, in the '80s displacement of similar trailers of Classes such as 127 which had toilets saw them replace the 116 trailers.

The following table shows the refurbishment date for each set, indexed by the DMBS, their depot, set no. and partners at the time, and the livery (WB - refurbished white with blue stripe, BG - Blue/Grey) they appeared in.

Batch One 50050-91

DMBS TS/TC DMS Set No. / Depot / Region Date Livery
50050 59015 51143 TS 515 3/79 WB
50051 59012 50113 TS 512 3/77 WB
50052 59341 50914 TS 531 4/77 WB
50053 59342 50886 TS 534 6/82 BG
50054 - 50106 TS 5/83 BG
50055   50116 TS 9/83 BG
50056 59018 50098 TS 518 1/81 BG
50057 59001 50097 TS 501 10/77 WB
50058 59006 50112 TS 506 10/78 WB
50059 59004 50104 TS 504 1/80 BG
50060       2/84 BG
50061 59000 50092 TS 500 5/76 WB
50062 59028 50117 TS 528 10/77 WB
50063 LMR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50064 59019 50115 TS 519 8/77 WB
50065 59005 50094 TS 505 6/76 WB
50066          
50067 59010 50093 TS 510 7/78 WB
50068 LMR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50069 59007 50099 TS 507 early '79 WB
50070 59026 50095 TS 526 6/77 WB
50071 -   TS 7/83 BG
50072 59009 50105 TS 509 5/76 WB
50073 - 50891 TS 559 1/83 BG
50074 59016 50110 TS 516 11/77 WB
50075 LMR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50076 59003 50118 TS 503 9/77 WB
50077 59013 50120 TS 513 11/76 WB
50078 59022 50109 TS 522 1979 WB
50079 59351 50121 TS 532 4/78 WB
50080 59030 50122 C 300 2/77 WB
50081   50123 TS 552 10/80 BG
50082   50124 TS 550 8/80 BG
50083       11/77 WB
50084 59373 50126 C 301 11/77 WB
50085 withdrawn 1975
50086 59036 50128 C 302 11/77 WB
50087 59037 50129 C 303 8/76 WB
50088 59362 50130 C 304 6/78 WB
50089 59039 50131 C 305 2/77 WB
50090 59344 50132 ScR 8/83 BG
50091 59041 50133 C 306 6/78 WB

Batch Two 50818-70

DMBS TS/TC DMS Set No. / Depot / Region Date Livery
50818 59326 50878 TS 553 2/79 WB
50819 59346 50915 TS 511 1/78 WB
50820 - - WR 6/82 BG
50821 59333 50875 TS 554 7/78 WB
50822 59330 50881 ScR 8/82 BG
50823 59354 50876 ScR 2/80 BG
50824   50906 TS 517 1/82 BG
50825 59329 50873 ScR 5/82 BG
50826 59360 50905 TS 555 1979 WB
50827 59361 50880 TS 520 1(?)/79  WB
50828 LMR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50829 59337 50879 ScR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50830 59332 50883 TS 525 6/78 WB
50831 59339 50884 TS 530 5/77 WB
50832 59029 50885 TS 540 10/77 WB
50833 59442 50107 TS 536 4/77 WB
50834 59038 50887 C 310 6/77 WB
50835 59334 50888 TS 341 9/77 WB
50836     ScR, status not known
50837 - 50890 TS 542 11/82 BG
50838 - - TS 12/82 BG
50839 59374 50892 ScR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50840 - 50100 TS 9/81 BG
50841 59331   ScR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50842 59350 50895 C 311 2/76 WB
50843 59355 50896 C 312 11/76 WB
50844 59335 50897 SF 3/83 BG
50845 59372   ER, not refurbished by mid-'84
50846 59345 50899 ScR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50847 59040 50900 C313 2/77 WB
50848 59356 50901 C 314 7/78 WB
50849     TS 9/84 BG
50850 59020 50102 TS 9/79 BG
50851 59376 50904 TS 508 12/78 WB
50852 59328 50871 TS 551 6/78 WB
50853 59367 50894 SF 1982 BG
50854 59336 50907 TS 3/80 BG
50855 59363 50908 C 315 2/77 WB
50856 59364 50909 C 316 pre-'78 WB
50857 59368 50910 TS 547 10/78 WB
50858 59366 50911 C 346 1/76 WB
50859 59349 50899 ScR, not refurbished by mid-'84
50860 59438 50913 TS 535 1/78 WB
50861 59002 50912 TS 502 10/77 WB
50862 59014 50872 TS 514 1/78 WB
50863 59118 (101) 50916 TS 5/83 BG
50864 59369 50917 C 318 6/78 WB
50865 59353 50921 SF 9/83 BG
50866 59352 50919 TS 8/79 BG
50867     Not refurbished by mid-'84
50868 59504 (117) 50918 C 319 11/78 WB
50869 59035 50922 C 320 pre-1978 WB
50870 LMR, not refurbished by mid-'84

Batch Three 50128-40

DMBS TS/TC DMS Set No. / Depot / Region Date Livery
51128 59357 51141 C 330 10/76 WB
51129 59439 51142 TS 533 1978 WB
51130 LMR, not refurbished by Mid-'84 although fluorescent lights fitted
51131 59441 51144 TS 538 7/78 WB
51132 59034 51145 C 331 6/78 WB
51133 LMR, not refurbished by Mid-'84
51134 59444 51147 C 332 11/77 WB
51135 59445 51148 C 333 4/77 WB
51136 - 51149 TS 5/81 BW
51137 Withdrawn Oct. '72
51138 59448 51151 TS 546 10/78 WB
51139 59033 51152 C 334 11/76 WB
51140 59032 51153 C 335 6/78 WB

Other TS/TCs and DMSs

TS/TC DMS Set No. / Depot / Region Date Livery
  50101 TS 7/83 BG
  50103 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50108 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50111 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50114 TS 10/83 BG
  50119 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50127 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50893 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50898 ER - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50902 TS 10/80 BG
  50903 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50920 ER - not refurbished by mid-'84
  50923 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
  51146 LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
59372   ER - not refurbished by mid-'84
59375   ER - not refurbished by mid-'84
59440   LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84
59443   LMR - not refurbished by mid-'84

Summary
Description
Modifications
Numbering
Liveries
Operations
Rail Express Parcels set
Refurbishment
Hybrids
Decline
Non-Passenger Use
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Details about preserved Class 116s can be found here.

Thanks to Mac Winfield, Ian Fleming and John Thomlinson for much of the information on this Class.

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