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Vehicle 50688 / 53688

Class 120

BR Diagram 586

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: 30334
Diagram: 586


4w/e 04/10/58 New to BL (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)
by Jun-62 Transferred to TYS (Tyseley)
3w/e 01/02/64 Transferred to 82A (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)
circa May-64 On loan to 81D (Reading)
Jul-64 Ex-loan back to 82A (Bristol Marsh Junction / Bath Rd)
4w/e 31/05/69 Transferred to 16C (Derby Etches Park)
02/02/86 Transferred to TS (Tyseley)
09/03/86 Transferred to AY (Ayr)
p/e 23/11/86 Withdrawn from AY (Ayr)

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50688 - original number
53688 - from Aug-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

50741 59280 50688 Noted circa Aug-67 - in plain blue livery
EP480 50741 59280 50688 Noted circa Jun-69
50737 59274 50688 Noted 20/09/81
EP518 50737 59274 50688 Listed at DY - circa Jun-82
TS408 53737 59571 53688 New set number at TS - Jan-86 - number never carried
53737 59571 53688 Noted 2nd April 1986
519 53737 59571 53688 Noted 1st May 1986
519 53737 59571 53688 Listed at Ayr - Summer 1986
551 53380 59789 53688 Formed at AY 2w/e 07/07/86
369 51186 59268 53688 Listed at Ayr - August 1986
spare 53688 Formation change - circa Oct-86



Date: 20th September 1981

This Swindon Class 120 cross-country set (M50688, M59274, M50737) is seen at Derby waiting to work the 17.18 to Lincoln, doors open in welcoming fashion. 20/9/81. Gerard Fletcher.


Date: unknown

DMS M50688 awaits departure from Derby with a local service to Matlock - no other information with this slide, so my guess is late 1970s / early 1980s, and no later than 1983. Graeme Phillips Collection.


Date: 7th May 1983

The gradual decline in status of the venerable Swindon built Class 120 cross-country dmus was a sad spectacle to witness. Quite probably the most comfortable classic dmus still in service in the 1980s, it was still a pleasure to travel in them. How sad that they should all perish in the scrapyard without a complete set being preserved. Originally a Western Region car as W50688, it was one of the large batch transferred to Derby Etches Park in May 1969 to improve the quality of service on the Birmingham to Norwich/Cambridge and Crewe - Derby - Lincoln routes. At this time they had micro buffets in the centre cars and after a brief period of service, these were soon disused. Renumbered from M50688 the previous month, M53688 is seen on May 7th 1983 along with M59274 & M53737 having arrived at Peterborough on the 14.08 stopping service from Birmingham and loading to work the 17.25 return to Leicester. Gerard Fletcher.


Date: 17th December 1985

Two cars of a Swindon Cross-Country Class 120 unit Nos.53688-53737, reformed with a class 101 intermediate trailer No.59571 forming a Nottingham to Crewe service with Prototype class 150 unit No.151 001 on the Matlock shuttle service at the same platform face on a wet 17th December 1985. Gordon Edgar.


Date: 28th December 1985

A Swindon class 120 'Cross-Country' unit nos.53688 - 59571 - 53737 rattles away at Derby station during the early evening of 28th December 1985 forming a Crewe to Lincoln service. Gordon Edgar.


Date: 8th March 1986

Class 120 53688 is seen stabled at Tyseley Carriage sidings on 08.03.1986. The 101 centre car behind is probably 59571. Andy Cole.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 12th October 1985

Class 120 hybrid set M53737 + E59571 + M53688 at Lincoln Central, 12th October 1985. Hamish Stevenson.


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