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Vehicle 50055 / 53055

Class 116

BR Diagram 553

Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: High Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: Leyland 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30211
Diagram: 553


19/05/84 - Tyseley formation 53055 / 59611 / 53116 + 53890 / 59603 / 53867 was an unusual visitor to the Hastings area on 19 May 1984 on a working from Bicester.

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50055 - original number
53055 - from May-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)



Date: April 1964

Set number: 323

M50055 leads set 323 at West Bromwich in April 1964. Michael Mensing.


Date: circa 1969

The guard of M50055 gets ready to buzz away his charge at Spring Road circa 1970. Stuart Mackay Collection.


Date: 7th August 1982

Set number: 523

Class 116 DMBS M50055 formed with refurbished TS, possibly 59019, and DMS M50116 of Tyseley set 523 at Redditch, Saturday 7th August 1982. Visible in the background is 56 003 waiting to continue the 'Grid Iron Grice' railtour back to London Bridge Iain Reid.


Date: 4th January 1986

Set number: TS611

Class 116 DMBS 53055, set number TS611, is seen at Tyseley on 04.01.1986. It carries an unusual livery addition of an extended grey stripe past the cab windows and black window surrounds. Andy Cole.


Date: 1st June 1986

Set number: TS611

TS611 in it's unusual livery seen at Coalville depot on the 1st June 1986 when it was working shuttles to Leicester and Burton-on-Trent for the open day. Chris Lings.


Date: 19th September 1987

Set number: TS611

Taken on 19/9/87 at Birmingham Moor Street, a week before closure of the terminal platforms, class 116 set TS611 waits to leave for Dorridge. The platforms reopened in 2010 and the station is now the 2nd busiest in Birmingham and arguably the best!! Stephen Burdett.


Date: 7th April 1993

Set number: T324

T324 M53055 + M59603 + M53101 on the approaches of New Street 7-4-93. Kevin Dowd.


Date: 9th September 1993

Set number: T424

T424 (53055 + 59603) with 118s 51314 + 51329 at Longbridge on an ECS to form the 16:54 to Lichfield City, 9/9/93. Gazza Prescott.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 9th June 1984

Set number: TS600

The Ruddington Requiem railtour at Lawfield on 9/6/84. It was formed 53910 + 59130 + 53857, 53055 + 59611 + 53116, 53318 + 59114 + 53328. Chris Lings.


Date: 4th May 1985

Set number: TS061

TS061 (presumably 55011) leads Class 116 set TS611 (including 53055 + 59611) at Dorridge on 4 May 1985. 54A South Dock.


Date: 10th June 1985

Set number: TS611

Class 116 set TS611 (53116 presumably with 59611 + 53055) with an afternoon Birmingham Moor St - Stratford Upon Avon service waiting time at Small Heath on Monday 10th June 1985. Colin Brooks.


Date: 12th July 1986

Set number: TS611

The unusually liveried class 116 DMS 53116 at the head of set TS611 formed with class 127 TSL 59611 and class 116 DMBS 53055, at Birmingham New Street on 12/Jul/1986. I recall that 53056 at the other end of the set was painted to match and I wondered at the time whether on one or other driving car the livery was inspired by a mistake in the grey band being taken too far beyond the saloon windows and then taken complete with white lining round the cab ends to make the best of a bad job. Having said that, the black cab window surrounds and the fact that the sides of every car and the cab ends were emblazoned with 'WM' logos probably suggests that it was a deliberate attempt at a special livery. Robert Chilton.


Date: 30th August 1989

Set number: T342

Set T342 (presumably 53055 + 59673 + 53056) + T313 on a Birmingham New St - Llandudno service passes 150 204 as it departs Deganwy at 12:20 on Wednesday 30th August 1989. Colin Brooks.


Date: 3rd March 1990

Set number: T342

Tyseley's set T342 53056 - 59673 - 53055 at Barnt Green heading for Redditch on 3/Mar/1990 (formed 116DMBS - 115TCL - 116DMBS - unusually with a DMBS at both ends). Note that the driver has already altered the destination blind to 'Lichfield City' for the return journey - having just come off the main line, at Barnt Green heading south there is nowhere else to go other than Redditch! Robert Chilton.


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