Drab olive coloured departmental Class 122 975309 sits outside Doncaster Works, October 1979. Malcolm Clements.
TDB975310 (ex-55010) at Skegness in 1975. Peter (LEYTR).
TDB975310 (formerly 55010) at Skegness in 1975. Peter (LEYTR).
A number of the Class 122 "Bubble Cars" were converted for departmental use. TDB975310 was one such example, being renumbered from 55010 in 1972. It is seen here in an unusual khaki-coloured livery at Doncaster on 15th December 1977. The unit was eventually scrapped in June 1984. The photograph was taken on a Kodak Instamatic 25 camera and is scanned from a Kodak 126 negative. Syd Young.
Drab-olive liveried 975310 seen at Lincoln depot on 20/7/80. Chris Lings.
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 November 1975 saw it enter departmental service, where it remained as a route learning vehicle, until withdrawn in May 1993 and disposed of by MC Metals in the July of that year.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55016, sits at Tyseley depot with the GWR chocolate & cream class 117 stabled behind on 15/Jul/1992. 975540 was withdrawn in 1993.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.
TDB975994 (ex-55014) at Leeds on 6/8/81. Malcolm Clements.
TDB975994 (ex-55014) is seen at Leeds on the 6th August 1981. Malcolm Clements.
Close up detail of TDB975994 (ex-55014) showing the "MPV" branding. Taken at Leeds on 6/8/81. Malcolm Clements.
TDB975994 (ex-55014) sits in Leeds station on 6/8/81. Malcolm Clements.
TDB975994 (ex-55014) at Leeds on 6/8/81. Note the extra set of double doors added during it's parcels conversion. Malcolm Clements.
A close up of the extra double doors fitted to TDB975994 (ex-55014) at Leeds on 6/8/81. Malcolm Clements.