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Three Class 129 Motor Parcel Vans were built by Cravens of Sheffield in 1958. All were withdrawn from service in 1973 but one, M55997 survived as a research vehicle at the Railway Technical Centre at Derby renumbered RDB975385 - Laboratory 9. The car became a test bed for Hydrostatic Drive in 1980, but was withdrawn for a second time in 1984 and scrapped at Vic Berrys Yard, Leicester. The car was at Doncaster Works in February 1979. Martyn Hilbert.
Cravens parcels car M55998 sits in Birmingham New Street station in February 1960. Michael Mensing.
29th August 1966
With two jumper cables hanging down suggesting it has recently been uncoupled from a Derby Lightweight unit, DMPV M55997 is seen in Carlisle station on the 29th August 1966. Michael Mensing.