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Vehicle 55027 / 977975


Class 121

BR Diagram 512

Builder: Pressed Steel
Type: High Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30518
Diagram: 512

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

55027 - original number
977975 - from Dec-02 (departmental stock)

Department Use as 977975

Severn Tunnel Emergency Unit From 12/02 to 4/08. Carried set number 960302

Images:

DMU

Date: 22nd September 1961

W55027 is working the 3.36pm Didcot - Newbury when seen on the Newbury line at Didcot, September 22nd 1961. Michael Mensing.

DMU

Date: unknown

W55027 at Wargrave. Date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.

DMU

Date: 1971

Set number: 127

55027 at North Tawton, near Okehampton, Devon, in 1971 Graeme Phillips Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 127

Double bubble at Liskeard. Set number 127 means this should be 55027, the other is 129 (55029). Date unknown, but both were allocated to Plymouth 1968/69-72. Stuart Rankin.

DMU

Date: 30th March 1974

Set number: L127

Class 121 L127 is seen at Newbury 30/3/74. Adrian Vaughan.

DMU

Date: 1975

Set number: L127

55027 in the bay platform in Greenford in 1975. John Law.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L127

55027 is seen being used to drag saloon 999506 about, circa 1981. It is seen during a breakfast stop in Park Royal yard. Richard Himson.

DMU

Date: 15th August 1981

Set number: L127

55027 sits in the bay platform at Greenford on the 15th August 1981. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 21st April 1982

Set number: L127

W55027 and a trailer on a Oxford - Banbury local passes the delightful signalbox at Aynho junction on the 21st April 1982. Andy Hoare.

DMU

Date: 10th September 1982

Set number: L127

55027 and a trailer seen at Clink Road on the 10th September 1982. Steve Davies Collection.

DMU

Date: 21st February 1987

Set number: L127

W55027 arrives into Ealing Broadway as a Class 117 deports. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 21st February 1987

Set number: L127

W55027 at Ealing Broadway, 21/2/87. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 25th February 1987

Class 121 'Bubble Car' 55027 of Reading is seen smoking away quietly to itself, in front of Class 117 DMS no. 51383 also from Reading, in the carriage sidings at Old Oak Common on 25 February 1987. Robert Chilton.

DMU

Date: 23rd January 1988

Set number: L127

On the 23rd January 1988 triple bubble formation W55027, 55020 and 55021 are seen at Oxford. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 15th March 1988

Set number: L127

Class 121 bubble 55027 hauls DTS 54280 through Ealing Broadway on 15/3/88. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 17th April 1992

Set number: L127

55027 as part of a 'double bubble' set with 59519 & 55023. Seen at Paddington after arriving on the 12:48 from Slough, 17th April 1992. Gazza Prescott.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: L127

55027 at Ivor, heading two Class 117 vehicles. Undated. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: 21st August 1993

Set number: L127

55027 on the 10:50 Bletchley - Bedford Midland, seen at Lidlington on 21/8/93. Gazza Prescott.

DMU

Date: 1999

Set number: 121027

Taken on 121027's first outing in passenger service in Silverlink colours. It was paired with 121031 all day, and seen here at Bletchley. Lee Ellershaw.

DMU

Date: 1999

Set number: 121027

Taken on 121027's first outing in passenger service in Silverlink colours, when it was paired with 121031 all day, and seen here at Bletchley. Lee Ellershaw.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 121027

55027 and 55029 at Bedford, undated. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: unknown

55027 "Bletchley TMD" at Bletchley in the late '90s, with NSE liveried 55031. Graham Baker.

DMU

Date: 25th May 1999

Set number: 121027

Pressed Steel class 121 'Bubble Cars' Nos.55027 'Bletchley TMD' (in Silverlink livery) and 55031 'Leslie Crabbe'(in Network Southeast livery) rasp away from Stewartby station forming a Bedford to Bletchley service on 25 May 1999. This was meant to be a Fuji colour transparency, but at the end of the day when I rewound the film and opened the film back I discovered that I had been using Agfa Scala B&W transparency film for the whole of the mostly sunny day. Such were the trials and tribulations of using film cameras! Gordon Edgar.

DMU

Date: 1st July 1999

Set number: 121027

55027 and 55031 at Millbrook on the 1st July 1999. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 15th April 2000

Set number: 121027

55027 and 55029 taken on the 15th April 2000 at Woburn Sands. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 121027

Silverlink liveried 55027 inside Bletchley TMD. Date unknown. Graham Baker.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 121027

55027 seen at Bedford. Undated. Robert Frise Collection.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 129

55029 and 55027 at Looe. Date unknown, but in the period 1969-72. Stuart Rankin.

DMU

Date: 29th January 1988

Set number: 122

From left to right - 54070 (L201), 55022 (carrying set number 122), 55027 and 55020 at Reading on the 29th January 1988. The bubbles are each carrying a different livery. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 1999

Set number: 121031

55031 worked all day on 55027's first outing on passenger use in Silverlink colours, and the pair are seen here at Bletchley. Lee Ellershaw.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 121029

55029 and 55027 at Bedford. Undated. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: 1999

Set number: 121029

Three bubbles - 55029, 55031 and 55027 along with a stored Class 117 at Bletchley in 1999. Graham Baker.

DMU

Date: 1st May 1999

Four bubbles at Bletchley on the 1st May 1999. From left to right: 977723, 55031, 55027 & 55029. Note the number on Silverlink 55027 is missing the final two digits. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: unknown

Set number: 121029

55029 with 55027 behind, seen at Bedford. Undated. Robert Frise Collection.

DMU

Date: 2000

Silverlink and NSE bubble cars seen at Bescot in 2000. Both vehicles are named, so they are either 55027, 55029 or 55031. Simon Barnes.

DMU

Date: 15th April 2000

Set number: 121029

55029 and 55027 head away from the camera between Kempston and Hardwick on 15/4/2000. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 15th April 2000

Set number: 121029

55027 and 55029 At Millbrook on 15/4/00. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 13th May 2000

Set number: 121029

Triple bubbles! 55029, 55027 & 55031 at Lidlington on 13th May 2000. Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 13th May 2000

Set number: 121031

55031, 55027 and 55029 seen at Lidlington on 13/5/00. Greg Scott notes "The destination blind box shows HI. Presumably when the units were transferred to Great Eastern from Bletchley, the original blinds were removed to be replaced with Marks Tey/Sudbury. When the units were transferred back to Bletchley, the blinds weren't replaced. These units were subsequently transferred to Aylesbury Depot, where I noted that whoever left the message 'HI' did so with Panini football stickers!" Ian McDonald.

DMU

Date: 13th May 2000

Set number: 121031

Triple bubble formation 55031, 55027 and 55029 seen at Stewartby on 13th May 2000. Ian McDonald.

                                                                                                                                                                             

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