Type: High Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30419
01/05/59 - Following a steam derailment at Slough the following formations were noted on "all-stations" trains from Paddington to Reading: W55016/56295, W55017/56294/55014, W51135/51148/55018.
55016 - original number
975540 - from Nov-75 (departmental stock)
Route Learner From 11/75 to 5/93.
55016 seen at Looe, date unknown. John Vaughan.
975540 (ex-55016). Date and location unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
975540 is seen here in Tinsley, part way through some body repairs, around about 1980. Richard Himson.
With its 'bull horns' prominent, class 122 single car DMU TDB975540, the Western Region Route Learning Saloon set L102, 'charges' into Gloucester on 20 March 1981. The 'Bubble Cars' as they became affectionately known, were essentially a class 116 Driving Motor Brake Second with a cab at both ends. This unit was built by the Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Co. and entered service as W55016 in July 1958, allocated to Southall depot. November 1975 saw it enter departmental service, where it remained as a route learning vehicle, until withdrawn in May 1993 and disposed of by MC Metals in the July of that year. Gordon Edgar.
GRC&W bubble car 975540 on crew training duties at Langley on August 1, 1981. Steve Davies Collection.
Class 122 975540 is seen stabled at Reading on 22.08.1987. It was converted from 55016 and was used as a route learning car. Andy Cole.
Route-learner 975540 (formerly 55016) in Blackfriars station in 1988. The blue side has been recently patch painted, the yellow end has been painted around all the labels. John Law.
Class 122 975540, set number T02, is seen at New Street in all over BR blue livery on route learning duties on 26.06.1990. Andy Cole.
975540 - the former 55016 - at Bristol Bath Road TMD on the 29th June 1991. S Gaskell.
Rail blue liveried class 122 route learner no. TDB975540, formerly 55016, sits at Tyseley depot with the GWR chocolate & cream class 117 stabled behind on 15/Jul/1992. 975540 was withdrawn in 1993. Robert Chilton.
L102 (presumably 975540 / ex-55016) seen at Royal Oak. Date unknown. Malcolm Clements.
55033 is seen at Blythe Bridge on a Crewe - Derby work, date unknown. The blue vehicle is probably 975540, unseen is 55034. Simon Barnes.
A triple bubble formation, seen at Blythe Bridge on a Crewe - Derby working. Identifiable cars are 55033 (Midline) and T014 / 55034 (blue grey), the rail blue vehicle is probably 975540. Undated. Simon Barnes.