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Vehicle 55996

Class 128

BR Diagram 643

Builder: GRC&W
Type: Parcels Van
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None / BR Standard
Engines: Albion 230hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30551
Diagram: 643


Apr-60 New to TYS (Tyseley)
18/03/67 Listed at 2A (Tyseley)
16/12/70 On loan to 9D (Newton Heath)
5w/e 06/11/71 Transferred to 9D (Newton Heath) - previously on loan, now permanent
May-73Depot code changeNH (Newton Heath)
p/e 17/02/79 Withdrawn

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

TY004 55996 Listed at 2A - 16/08/70


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

55996 was involved in the following incident(s):

Damaged parcels DMU

circa early 1977 - Unknown location

Collision involving Class 128

Class 128 DMPV sustained collision damage, details unknown. It lingered at Allerton for several years afterwards.



Date: 15th October 1966

DMPV is on the rear of the 1.35pm Stourport-on-Severn Junction - Birmingham Snow Hill service on October 15th, 1966. It is attached to the rear of two 3-car Class 116 sets and seen at Galton Bridge, Smethwick. Note the damaged gangway cover, not unusual on these vehicles. Michael Mensing.


Date: 22nd October 1966

DMPV 55996 on an up working at Galton Bridge, Smethwick at 1.02pm on October 22nd, 1966. The vehicle has been turned since passing over the bridge the previous week. The P4 in the window is possibly a set number, on this date Tyseley had 55993-6, so this was the 4th parcel vehicle. Michael Mensing.


Date: 1977

Accident damaged 55996 at Allerton in 1977. On the right is 56495. Rex Holt.


Date: 1979

Accident damaged 55996 at Allerton in 1979, the vehicle was withdrawn in March of that year. Jerry Glover.


Date: 17th February 1980

Class 128 Parcel DMU M55996 at Allerton depot on February 17th 1980 seen during a Midland Railfans visit. Ian Charles.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 15th October 1966

The 1.35pm Stourport-on-Severn Junction - Birmingham Snow Hill service on October 15th, 1966 is formed of two 3-car Class 116 sets led by M51129 with DMPV 55996 on the rear. Seen at Galton Bridge, Smethwick. Michael Mensing.


Date: unknown

A fascinating picture of an unidentified Gloucester Class 128 (possibly W55991) gangwayed DMPV (Diag 643, Lot 30551 - one of the series W55991-W55996) carrying what appears to be non-standard blue livery with white cab roofs and seemingly without yellow warning panels, although the reality is the van has a yellow painted corridor connection. The DMPV is working with an unidentified green liveried Derby Class 116 DMBS, the pair pulling a BR(SR) green liveried CCT at Twyford and thought to be heading east - c.1968. 53A Models of Hull Collection.


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