Many people disliked the Cravens Class 105s intensely because of their noisy ride. To me this just added to the 'experience'. To get a Cravens twin with the needle off the clock (over 70mph) was exhilarating to say the least and also quite commonplace. Here Norwich set no. 47 (E51295 + E56429) awaits its next duty on September 9th 1981. Gerard Fletcher.
This is a view of the Norwich skyline taken from Lower Clarence Road car park. It is Easter Saturday, April 2nd 1983 and the Jubilee Sidings are brimming with dmus as usual. The nearest vehicle is Cravens trailer no. E56135 which is partnering E51295 as set no. 47. Gerard Fletcher.
A Class 105 DMU at Lowestoft, c.1981, heading for Ipswich. Class 101 DMC E50235 is on the left. Graeme Phillips Collection.
56125 is on the rear of set 49 when seen at Yarmouth on the 21st August 1981. Chris Lings.
Ipswich and Cravens Class 105 E51271 + E56125 forming Norwich set no. 49. The train is the 06.58 Leicester to Harwich Parkeston Quay which I'd travelled on from March on 9/9/81. Later in the day this unit was seen forming the 14.50 Ipswich to Stamford service. Some late 70s fashion still in evidence here, even if it is 1981. Gerard Fletcher.
Even in 1986 some of the cross country services from Cambridge to Birmingham were still formed of classic dmus. On March 15 1M66, the 08.52 ex Cambridge, is seen here arriving at Whittlesea with a four car formation of Cravens set 49 (E54463 + E51271) leading a 2 car Metro-Cammell Class 101. Naturally we chose to sit in the leading set for maximum good vibrations! Photo by Philip Mott. Gerard Fletcher.
At Peterborough set 49 makes a healthy exhaust as it departs for Birmingham - you can almost hear that great Cravens cacophany. Taken on March 15th, 1986, by the end of July 1986, the number of Cravens sets in service at Norwich had reduced to just seven, the set seen here E51271 + E54463 along with six other sets went to Lincoln for a brief reprieve. Photo by Philip Mott. Gerard Fletcher.
Staff having a chit-chat at Sudbury on the 17th May 1973. From left - right: unknown, signalman J. Scott and driver E. Cant. David Underwood.
A class 105 2 car unit arrives at March station with the 1312 service from Cambridge to Peterborough on 6th July 1981, with many class 306 units in the background enroute to scrapping. Bruce Galloway.
The 12.38 Doncaster - Cambridge via the GN/GE joint line leaves March on 15th May 1982 formed of Cravens Class 105 set no. 53 E51277 + E56463. In the rear is Lincoln based Class 114 unit E50016 + E56018 which was in a hybrid livery of old and new refurbished paint schemes. E51277 was to last another three years being withdrawn in May 1985. Gerard Fletcher.
Set 532 is a hybrid set seen at Paisley Gilmour Street, consisting of a Class 105 DMBS (51294), a 107 TS (59796) and a 120 DMS (53669). 1986. Andrew McConnell.
Running 'wrong line' at Saxmundham after a snow shower on Wednesday February 8th 1978 is Norwich based Cravens twin set no. 54 (E56436 + E51254) forming the 10.50 Lowestoft - Ipswich. Still retaining the twin headcode boxes, this original style of front end was rapidly disappearing by 1978 as cars went through Doncaster Works, reappearing with flush fronts. Photograph by Michael Bryant. Gerard Fletcher.
Bufferstop scene at a tidy looking Lowestoft station on 18th August 1983. 31229 has arrived with the daily freight from Norwich, while the Cravens dmu, E51279 + E56440 (set 54) is awaiting departure as the 13.06 to Norwich. Gerard Fletcher.
Cravens set 54 and a 2-car Class 101 in Cambridge station south bay in April 1984. Mike Cooper.
51265 is part of set 55 when seen at Norwich on the 20th March 1984. Dennis Taylor.
Hybrid set 551 contains a Class 105 DMBS and two Class 120 vehicles when seen at Johnstone in 1986. Andrew McConnell.
Cravens DMBS E53380 leads mixed class 105/120 Set 551 during reversal at Girvan (had the train arrived from Stranraer the signalman would have been collecting the token at this point). Andrew McConnell.
This Class 105 DMBS is part of Scottish Region set 551 when seen at Kilmarnock on 30/08/86. The set also contained Class 120 TSB 59681 and Class 120 DMS 53652. Panoramic composite of previously submitted image. Andrew McConnell.
This Class 105 DMBS is part of Scottish Region set 551 when seen at Kilmarnock in 1986. It also contained a Class 120 TSB and Class 120 DMS. Andrew McConnell.
Cravens class 105 DMU at Cromer Beach 1974, with a 101 behind. The 105 is set 56, the DMBS is presumably 51277. David Faircloth.