Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: AEC 150 hp / Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30263
50240 - original number
53240 - from Feb-85 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
E53240 + E 51458 at Stanhope on May 29, 1988, the first summer that these Sunday trains up to Stanhope. A connecting Weardale bus allowed further travel up the dale as far as Alston. It was only in the first year that first generation DMUs were used. Stanhope station is happily restored as a heritage station on the Weardale Railway John Carter.
Metro-Cammell class 101 units 51217-51515 (on the right) forming a Whitby service and 53240-51467 (left) forming a Middlesbrough service at Battersby Junction on 23rd August 1988. Gordon Edgar.
101 332 (51458 + 53240) at Stanhope on May 29, 1988, the first summer of the Sunday extension of the Bishop Auckland service to Stanhope. Also the only summer when first generation DMUs were used. John Carter.
E51458 + E53240 at Stanhope on May 29, 1988. On summer Sundays from 1988-92 a number of Saltburn to Bishop Auckland trains were extended to Stanhope over the normally freight only route to Eastgate in Weardale. At Stanhope a Weardale Motor Services bus met the train and went to Alston where there was time for a ride on the narrow gauge South Tynedale Railway. The trains stopped when the line lost it's last freight trains, the cement traffic from Eastgate. The station has been completely rebuilt as part of the Weardale Railway John Carter.
Metro-Cammell class 101 unit 51217-51515 forming an afternoon Middlesbrough - Whitby 'Esk Valley' service departs from Battersby Junction on 23rd August 1988. Unit 53240-51467 stands in the station forming a Whitby - Middlesbrough service. Gordon Edgar.
Simultaneous early evening arrivals at Battersby Junction and a rather well-dressed and certainly busy signal lady, 23rd August 1988. On the left 51515-51217 arriving from Middlesbrough, and on the right 51467-53240 arriving from Whitby. Gordon Edgar.
51449 makes a return to South Wales with 53240, seen in Swansea Carriage sidings on 11/3/89. 51449 was in set C802 before transfer to Newton Heath. Mac Winfield.