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Vehicle 51781


Class 120

BR Diagram 587

Builder: BR Swindon Works
Type: Cross Country
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: BR Standard
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30559
Diagram: 587

Allocations

28/11/59 New to 61A (Kittybrewster)
3w/e 19/11/60 Transferred to 64H (Leith Central)
w/e 03/06/61 Transferred to 61A (Kittybrewster)
2w/e 12/05/62 Transferred to 66C (Hamilton)
Sep-62 Transferred to 67A (Corkerhill)
4w/e 01/06/63 Transferred to 61A (Kittybrewster)
5w/e 04/02/67 Transferred to 60A (Inverness)
5w/e 06/07/68 Transferred to 66C (Hamilton)
5w/e 02/11/68 Transferred to 60A (Inverness)
Aug-69 Transferred to 66C (Hamilton)
4w/e 01/11/69 Transferred to 60A (Inverness)
w/e 04/07/70 On loan to 66C (Hamilton)
Sep-70 Ex-loan back to 60A (Inverness)
2w/e 22/03/80 Transferred to CF (Cardiff Canton)
11/05/86 Stored S. CF (Cardiff Canton)
2w/e 14/05/86 Transferred to AY (Ayr)
28/09/86 Transferred to HA (Haymarket)
Mar-87 Withdrawn from HA (Haymarket)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:


51781 59680 51793 Listed at 61A - May-60
51781 59685 51790 Transfer to 66C - 2w/e 12/05/62
51781 59685 51790 Transfer to 67A - Sep-62
51781 59685 51790 Transfer to 61A - 4w/e 01/06/63
51781 59685 51789 Transfer to 66C - 5w/e 06/07/68
51781 59684 51788 Transfer to 66C - Aug-69
51781 59684 51788 Transfer to 60A - 4w/e 01/11/69
51781 59684 51788 Transfer to 66C - w/e 04/07/70 - on loan
51781 59684 51788 Transfer to 60A - Sep-70
302 51781 59682 51788 Listed at IS - mid-May-78 - Refurbished set
C510 51781 59682 51788 Transfer to CF - 2w/e 22/03/80 - by May running as C616
C615 51781 59682 51788 Listed at CF - 15/12/1982
C615 51781 59682 51788 Listed at CF - circa Jan-86
51781 59682 51788 Transfer to AY - 2w/e 14/05/86
615 51781 59682 51788 Listed at Ayr - Summer 1986
51781 59787 53132 Noted 12th July 1986
51781 59682 53653 Noted 31st July 1986
615 51781 59682 53653 Listed at Ayr - August 1986
107427 51781 59268 51987 Formed at AY p/e 17/09/86 - two vans, 51781 carried C615
615 51781 59580 51788 Formation change - circa Oct-86 - 59580 replaces 59682 (to 616)

Modifications

circa May-81 - Headlamp fitted

Images:

DMU

Date: 6th April 1978

Set number: 302

Set 302 at Huntly, taken from 254 002 - the first HST to travel the line - on the 6th April 1978. 51781 DMBC is probably the closest vehicle. Mike Cooper.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: C615

Class 120 set C615 heads out of Paisley Gilmour Street Station towards Glasgow, circa 1987. C615 was the unit's set number from its years at Cardiff, but it was originally allocated to the Scottish Region. Andrew McConnell.

DMU

Date: 1984

Set number: C615

51781 leads 59682 and 51788 as set C615 through Bristol Stapleton Road in 1984. Robert Tarling.

DMU

Date: 14th June 1986

Set number: C615

A nice hybrid set - W51781 is at the head of 107 59797 and 116 53132 at Haymarket depot, about to into Haymarket station to work the 18:15 to North Berwick. 14th July 1986. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: 14th July 1986

Set number: C615

W51781 in Haymarket depot on the 14th July 1986, about to work ECS to form the 18:15 Haymarket - North Berwick. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: August 1986

Set number: C615

A Swindon Cross-Country DMBC W51781 at the buffers in Glasgow Central. August 1986. Still carrying its Cardiff set number, W prefix and headlamp bracket, it's now part of a hybrid set - the farthest away vehicle is a Class 107. Andrew McConnell.

DMU

Date: 7th September 1986

Set number: C615

51781 was for most of it's life a Scottish vehicle, seen here back in Scotland after several years in Cardiff as can be seen by the set number still carried. Working with Class 120 M59268 + Class 107 51987, this is officially Ayr set 427. Seen in Glasgow Central station on the 7th September 1986, ready to work the 14:05 to Ayr. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: 1st November 1986

Set number: C507

W51781 is at the rear of M59285 + M53698 heading out of Uphall with the 11:18 Edinburgh - Bathgate on the 1st November 1986. This is set 507, a few weeks earlier the vehicle still had its Cardiff set number C615, the new set sticker failed to cover the 'C'. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: 1st November 1986

Set number: C507

Set 507 (W51781 + M59285 + M53698) arrives into Uphall station with the 16:03 Bathgate - Edinburgh on the 1st November 1986. Hamish Stevenson.

DMU

Date: 5th December 1986

Set number: C507

Set formation C507 consisting of vehicles W51781 W59285 W53698 is seen working the North Berwick-Edinburgh Waverley shuttle service at North Berwick on 5/12/86. This example appears to have recently transferred from Western Region - Cardiff Division, the car numbers having W-prefixing and the C-prefix set number. It also has a bracket between the two cab front windows for carrying the extra headlight used on the Central Wales line. Graeme Phillips Collection.

DMU

Date: 26th April 1987

Some Class 120 vehicles were sent to Aberdeen Ferryhill depot for component stripping. Here W51781 makes a return to its old home after a period in Wales, but sadly now devoid of many mechanical components. 26/4/87. Hamish Stevenson.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: 1984

Set number: C615

C615 is formed of former ScR vehicles W51788 / W59682 / 51781, and seen at Lawrence Hill in 1984. Robert Tarling.

DMU

Date: circa Sep-86

Set number: 107427

107 427 rolls into Johnstone. Undated, but the 120 centre car probably means this was circa September 1986 when 51987 ran with 59268 and 51781. Andrew McConnell.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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