Sign In

  Remember Me

Not registered?

<- 56155 | 56156 | 56157 ->

Vehicle 56156 / 977047

Class 103

BR Diagram 645

Builder: Park Royal
Type: Low-Density
Length: 57ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Lot Number: 30287
Diagram: 645


LMR didn't publish trailer car details until late in 1968. Although not 100% reliable, if it is assumed that the trailers remained with the same power cars, the allocations for 50401 during this period are:

2w/e 03/05/58 New to 3C (Ryecroft)
Jun-60Depot code change21F (Ryecroft)
Sep-63Depot code change2G (Ryecroft)
w/e 07/01/67 Transferred to 6A (Chester)

Allocations for 56156:

Jan-71 Listed at 6A (Chester)
May-73Depot code changeCH (Chester)
circa Feb-81 To departmental stock
p/e 20/06/86 Withdrawn - No date given

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

56156 - original number
977047 - from Dec-81 (departmental stock)

Department Use as ADB977047

Sandite From 12/81 to 1985.

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

50401 56156 As delivered to 3C - April 1958
CR205 50396 56156 Noted circa Jun-69



Date: October 1983

Seen through the doors at the north end of Springs Branch maintenance shed is the former gangway end of Class 103 sandite vehicle 977047, October 1983. S Gaskell.


Date: January 1984

At Springs Branch on the left the distinctive Class 103 design of sandite vehicle 977047 can be seen, while on the right 40001 is at the far end of the former steam shed buffered with another class 40. A smart looking 08688 with gold painted numbers on the buffer beam takes centre stage. January 1984 S Gaskell.


Date: January 1984

On the left at Springs Branch in this January 1984 view is HAA hopper 355655, damaged the previous year in the Bickershaw coal train derailment. The four branch shunters include 08691 nearest and 08688 at the far end. On the right is Class 103 sandite 977047. S Gaskell.


Date: 22nd September 1984

977047, the only Class 103 to be used as a Sandite car, is seen at Wigan Springs Branch on the 22nd September 1984. Note the missing vacuum bag, and 'Sandite Vehicle' written on the bodyside. Paul Moxon.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 3rd June 1983

Sandite DMU ADB977051 was converted in 1981 from Class 105 car no. M56427. Its partner behind was ADB977047, which was converted the same year from Class 103 car no. M56156. I saw both units so often at Springs Branch that they barely warranted a second glance, though I'm now very glad I got this shot which was taken more to finish my film than anything. 3rd June 1983 S Gaskell.


© 1998 - 2018