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Vehicle 50703 / 53703

Class 120

BR Diagram 587

Builder: BR Swindon Works
Type: Cross Country
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: BR Standard
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30335
Diagram: 587


4w/e 02/11/57 New to CDF (Cardiff Canton)
by Jun-62 Transferred to TYS (Tyseley)
30/07/62 Transferred to CDF (Cardiff Canton)
4w/e 31/05/69 Transferred to 16C (Derby Etches Park)
Jan-86 Withdrawn from DY (Derby)
Feb-86 Reinstated DY (Derby)
23/02/86 To Parcels Sector at CH (Chester)
3w/e 20/5/88 Withdrawn from CH (Chester)


23rd October 1957 - Seen in experimental livery (light beige above waistline, blue grey below) at Swindon Carriage Works.

5th February 1988 - In parcels use

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50703 - original number
53703 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

EP486 50703 59301 50654 Noted circa Jun-69
EP527 50703 59281 50685 Listed at DY - circa Jun-82
53703 59300 53665 Noted 10/01/86
53703 53704 Formation change - CH - circa Mar-86 - Parcels
53051 53703 Formation change - CH - 2w/e 14/05/86 - Parcels
53051 53703 Listed at Chester - Summer 1986 - Parcels
CH301 53703 53713 Listed at CH - May 1988
53703 53713 Noted 5th February 1988
53703 53713 Noted 5th August 1988 - Based at Machynlleth shed while in use for P. Way work and storage


circa Dec-72 - WR AWS removed
Aug-74 - AWS fitted



Date: 22nd December 1981

A Class 120 set races towards the camera through the snow at Duffield on 22/12/81, headed by 50703. Chris Lings.


Date: 6th June 1986

At Dewsbury on the 6th June 1986. The parcels set (53703 + 53704) is coupled to a 2-car Class 110 service train. Malcolm Clements.


Date: 1987

Set number: EP527

Parcels DMU M53703 + M53713 at Chester depot circa 1987. Surface Stock.


Date: 5th March 1988

Set number: EP527

M53703, a Chester allocated Swindon Cross-Country Class 120 DMU of set EP527, now converted to parcels use, at Crewe on the 5th March 1988. The Red Star parcels branding can just be seen down the side. Andrew J Crowther.


Date: 18th December 1988

Set number: EP527

M53703 + M53713 Vic Berrys, Leicester 18-12-88. Kevin Dowd.


Date: 18th February 1989

Set number: EP527

M53703 at Vic Berry's on 18.02.89, still with Etches Park set number, but also small set number 301 under the drivers window. Surface Stock.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 6th June 1986

53704 is paired with 53703, and they are attached to the rear or a Class 110 on a service train, seen at Dewsbury, 6/6/86. Malcolm Clements.


Date: 6th June 1986

A close up of the Red Star branding carried on 53703 when seen at Dewsbury on 6/6/86. Malcolm Clements.


Date: 13th December 1986

Class 120 53713 is seen departing Crewe coupled with 53703 on 13.12.1986. Andy Cole.


Date: 2nd April 1988

Set number: 510

Chester allocated Swindon Cross-Country Class 120 DMU set 510 comprising of cars M53713 & M53703 at Crewe on the 2nd April 1988. Now converted to parcels use, the Red Star parcels branding can just be seen down the side. By this time these units were thin on the ground and all had been withdrawn before the year was out. The new generation of DMU in the shape of 150 124 can be seen along side on a Derby service. Andrew J Crowther.


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