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Vehicle 50737 / 53737

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 27/12/58 New to BL (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)
4w/e 31/05/69 Transferred to 16C (Derby Etches Park)
02/02/86 Transferred to TS (Tyseley)
09/03/86 Transferred to AY (Ayr)
3w/e 21/12/86 Transferred to HA (Haymarket)
Feb-87 Stored U. HA (Haymarket)
Mar-87 Withdrawn from HA (Haymarket) - also noted as 04/11/87

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50737 - original number
53737 - from Aug-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

EP478 50737 59255 50687 Noted circa Jun-69 - ex-BL516
50737 59276 50657 Noted 22/03/80
50737 59274 50688 Noted 20/09/81
EP518 50737 59274 50688 Listed at DY - circa Jun-82
TS408 53737 59571 53688 New set number at TS - Jan-86 - number never carried
53737 59571 53688 Noted 2nd April 1986
519 53737 59571 53688 Noted 1st May 1986
519 53737 59571 53688 Listed at Ayr - Summer 1986
53737 59531 53693 Noted 3rd July 1986
53737 59531 53693 Noted 7th July 1986
53737 59531 53693 Noted 8th August 1986
519 53737 59531 53693 Noted 9th August 1986
519 53737 59531 53693 Noted 6th September 1986
spare 53737 Formation change - circa Oct-86
519 53737 59289 53679 Formation change - circa Dec-86
53737 59374 53679 Noted 4th December 1986



Date: 23rd April 1974

Set number: EP585

Picture quality isn't very good but this has rarity value. It's the first and only time I ever saw a Swindon cross country DMU (50737, 59523, 50667, seems to be EP585) at Reading which according to the destination blind was on a special, as expected (possibly a 'Explore Britain' adex). Also the discarded GWR ATC ramp between the down main and the through line and the up main and through line. At this time there were very few of them left as they were being replaced by the standard BR AWS, a brand new one can be seen on the through line. 23rd April 1974. 54A South Dock.


Date: 22nd March 1980

A Class 120 set formed of 50737/59276/50657 is seen at Derby on 22/3/80. Chris Lings.


Date: 12th October 1985

Class 120 hybrid set M53737 + E59571 + M53688 at Lincoln Central, 12th October 1985. Hamish Stevenson.


Date: 6th September 1986

Set number: 519

Hybrid Class 120 set 519 (probably 53737 closest) departs from Troon station coupled to set 101324 on September 6th, 1986. Andrew McConnell.


Date: 26th April 1987

Withdrawn 53737 + 53679 at Aberdeen Ferryhill depot for component recovery on the 26th April 1987. Hamish Stevenson.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 20th September 1981

This Swindon Class 120 cross-country set (M50688, M59274, M50737) is seen at Derby waiting to work the 17.18 to Lincoln, doors open in welcoming fashion. 20/9/81. Gerard Fletcher.


Date: 7th May 1983

The gradual decline in status of the venerable Swindon built Class 120 cross-country dmus was a sad spectacle to witness. Quite probably the most comfortable classic dmus still in service in the 1980s, it was still a pleasure to travel in them. How sad that they should all perish in the scrapyard without a complete set being preserved. Originally a Western Region car as W50688, it was one of the large batch transferred to Derby Etches Park in May 1969 to improve the quality of service on the Birmingham to Norwich/Cambridge and Crewe - Derby - Lincoln routes. At this time they had micro buffets in the centre cars and after a brief period of service, these were soon disused. Renumbered from M50688 the previous month, M53688 is seen on May 7th 1983 along with M59274 & M53737 having arrived at Peterborough on the 14.08 stopping service from Birmingham and loading to work the 17.25 return to Leicester. Gerard Fletcher.


Date: 17th December 1985

Two cars of a Swindon Cross-Country Class 120 unit Nos.53688-53737, reformed with a class 101 intermediate trailer No.59571 forming a Nottingham to Crewe service with Prototype class 150 unit No.151 001 on the Matlock shuttle service at the same platform face on a wet 17th December 1985. Gordon Edgar.


Date: 28th December 1985

A Swindon class 120 'Cross-Country' unit nos.53688 - 59571 - 53737 rattles away at Derby station during the early evening of 28th December 1985 forming a Crewe to Lincoln service. Gordon Edgar.


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