Builder: BR Swindon Works
Type: Inter City
Coupling Code: White Circle
Coupling Type: Buckeye
Gangway Type: Pullman
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30413
|15/08/59||New to||67C (Ayr)|
|May-73||Depot code change||AY (Ayr)|
|17/05/82||Stored S.||AY (Ayr)|
|circa Jul-82||Stored U.||AY (Ayr)|
|11/08/82||Withdrawn from||AY (Ayr)|
|p/e 29/01/83||Withdrawn from||AY (Ayr)|
|154||51033||59406||51017||Listed at 67C - Aug-70|
|416||51046||59410||51017||Listed at AY - 01/02/81|
|126416||51046||59410||51017||Noted 1st April 1981 - unit no. on 51046, first 6-digit no. seen by observer|
|126414||51044||59398||51017||Noted unknown date|
|126406||51036||59411||51017||Noted 3rd August 1982|
|51036||59411||51017||Noted 7th August 1982|
|126406||51036||59411||51017||Noted 5th October 1982|
|51036||59411||51017||Noted 20th October 1982|
|126406||51036||59411||51017||Noted 2nd November 1982|
30/8/73 - Shields Jct (Glasgow), ScR
Collision involving Class 126 / EMU
Info from Bill Read
21:35 Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central passed a signal at danger at Shields Junction at ran into the back of the 21:10 Ayr to Glasgow Central, formed Sc51017/Sc59398/Sc51023 & Sc51033/Sc59406/Sc51011. Serious damage, 5 fatalities and many injuries. The leading car of the Class 303 EMU, SC75857, impacted with the rear car of the DMU, SC51011, at 65 mph as the DMU was pulling away from a signal stop at about 15 mph. The EMU drove beneath the DMU, a fire broke out and both cars were consumed. Apart from some damage to the rear of SC59406, the other cars suffered only minor damage. The EMU had passed a red signal.
16/4/79 - Paisley Gilmour Street, ScR
Collision involving Class 126 / EMU
Info from Bill Read
The 18:58 Ayr to Glasgow Central additional train formed Sc51031/Sc59412/Sc51014 & Sc51044/Sc59398/Sc51017 passed a signal at danger at Paisley Gilmour Street. Guard gave right away while signal at danger and the driver did not check. Train was in head on collision with the 19:40 Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay as it crossed the junction east of the station. Serious damage, 7 fatalities and many injuries. Both SC51031 and EMU SC75840 were extensively damaged. SC51031 rode up over the roof of the EMU and was cut up on site. The remaining DMU vehicles were all repairable.
This 'intermediate' car (the now preserved 51017) still has it's gangway fitted, and carries a cover once commonly used on the back of hauled stock. The Class 126s generally always ran latterly with the buckeyes permanently raised. Malcolm Clements.
A Class 126 at Glasgow Central with SC51017 closest in 1979. John Law.
A Class 126 set at Johnstone circa 1981. SC51017 is on the rear, one of the vehicles now preserved at Bo'ness. Andrew McConnell.
Kyle Street sidings at Ayr, probably taken in 1982. Two Class 126 DMUs are visible, SC51017 at the front, and a Class 107 on the right. Ian MacDonald.
SC51017 in Glasgow Central station, probably taken in 1982. The Swindon-built DMS, one of six vehicles reinstated after the rest of the Class had been withdrawn and now preserved, was easily identified in its later days by the odd headcode configuration. Ian MacDonald.
Class 126 DMS SC51017. Seen at Corkerhill, where it was seen as part of set 126 408, circa 1982. The vehicle is now preserved on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Ian MacDonald.
51017 is on the rear of 59397 & 51038 departing Glasgow Central on the 9th April 1982. Jerry Glover.
Sc51017 and Sc51043 face off in Ayr (Kyle St sidings), August 1982. The vehicles were then part of the last two Class 126 units to survive (126 413 and 126 406). The best example of each type of 126 vehicle from the last two sets were remarshalled to form the now preserved Class 126 unit, 126 413 (Sc51017, Sc59404, Sc51043). Andrew McConnell.
Swindon Inter-City power cars Sc51017 and Sc51043 at Largs on August 1st, 1982. They are now the only surviving Class 126 power cars. John Carter.
51017 + 59411 + 51036 at Hunterston on the 9th October 1982 with the "Ayrshire Wanderer" railtour. Ian MacDonald.
The "Ayrshire Wanderer" railtour is seen at Hunterston on the 9th October 1982. It was formed of 51017 / 59411 / 51036 + 51043 / 59404 / 51026. Ian MacDonald.
The now preserved Sc51017 heading Class 126 Swindon Intercity DMU set 126406 at Kilmacolm on the last weeks in service for both the Swindon and the Branch itself. The guard is carrying the oil tail lamp to the far end of the unit. Experienced Swindon DMU guards would often be seen casually stepping out of the van at a convenient point on the platform of terminus stations to wait for the end of the set to draw to a gentle halt right alongside. A lost art. Andrew McConnell.
Class 126 vehicles 51017, 59404 and 51043 pass through Dundee in a freight formation on their way to the Brechin Railway and a new life in preservation in 1983. Andrew McConnell.
51017, 59404 and 51043 at Thornton Junction depot in May 1983. After a period in store at Dunfermline Townhill there they are en-route to their new home in preservation on the Caledonian Railway. Andrew McConnell.
Two Swindon Inter-City Class 126 sets seen inside Ayr depot in August 1982. 51044 is on the left at 51017 on the right. Ian MacDonald.
Two Swindon Inter-City sets in Ayr shed in August 1982. 51044 is on the left and 51017 on the right. 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.
Class 126 DMU vehicles 51043 + 59404 + 51017 at Laurencekirk in May 1983 awaiting road movement to preservation on the Brechin Railway. They had been moved by rail from Dunfermline Townhill where they had been stored since withdrawal during the tendering process. Ian MacDonald.
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.
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.