Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Yellow Diamond
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Lot Number: 30124
LMR didn't publish trailer car details until late in 1968. Although not 100% reliable, if it is assumed that the trailers remained with the same power cars, the allocations for 79020 during this period are:
|29/01/55||New to||12A (Carlisle Upperby)|
|4w/e 16/07/55||Transferred to||12D (Workington)|
|Jan-57||On loan to||3E (Monument Lane)|
|Feb-57||Ex-loan back to||12C (Workington)|
|Apr-58||Depot code change||11B (Workington)|
|3w/e 28/02/65||Transferred to||12B (Carlisle Upperby)|
|Apr-67||Withdrawn from||12B (Carlisle Upperby)|
|01/11/70||To departmental stock|
11/08/81 - On the night of 10/11 August 1981 TDB 975007/975008 operated from Reading to Eastleigh via Salisbury and Southampton. The following day they operated from Eastleigh to Stewarts Lane via Basingstoke, Woking, Guildford and Redhill.
25/10/82 - The Ultrasonic test train could be found working on the SR on three consecutive nights between 25 and 28 October 1982. 975007 and 975008 worked between Reading and Waterloo; over South Eastern Division suburban routes from Victoria and Holborn Viaduct; and on the Central Division between Clapham Junction, Three Bridges and Horsham via the Quarry line, also Horsham - Leatherhead.
26/06/83 - DB975007/008 were back on the Southern Region on 26/6/83. That night they ran over South Western Division territory, the next over South Eastern, and Central division on 28/29th. They returned to the South Western on 30 June, finishing at Reading Triangle Sidings at 05:02 on the morning of 1 July.
Aug-83 - In the last week of August 1983 975007/8 were working on lines in the West of England.
79612 - original number
975008 - from Nov-70 (departmental stock)
Ultrasonic Test Train From 11/70 to 1994.
|79020||79612||As delivered to 12A - 29th January 1955|
|79020||79612||Noted 20th August 1956|
|79020||79612||Noted 21st January 1957|
No details came with this image, but it's three West Cumberland sets, and appears to be M79612 leading (now preserved). Being a six-car formation and carrying sideboards it's probably one of the regular 'John Peel Land Cruise' trains. It is seen on the West Coast Main Line, passing over the Dillicar water troughs in the Lune Gorge just south of Tebay. Stuart Mackay Collection.
The Ultrasonic Test Train at Tyseley, 15/6/74. This view clearly shows the undercarriage which dropped onto the rails when the set was recording. David Mant.
The Ultrasonic Test Train is seen in Old Oak Common, 20th June 1976. Jim Ellington.
975008 at Old Oak Common, 20/6/76. Jim Ellington.
The Ultrasonic Test Train, DB975008 - 975007 (formerly Derby Lightweight M79612-M79018) at Old Oak Common depot on 11 December 1976. The DMU found its way into preservation as a result of its extended career in departmental service. Photographer - Roy Burt. Gordon Edgar Collection.
The Derby Lightweight ultrasonic test train 975008 / 975007 seen at Stewarts Lane in 1983. John Law.
975008 is seen stabled at Tyseley on 23.08.1986. It was converted from 79612, and is with partner 975007. Andy Cole.
The Ultrasonic Test Train 975008 + 975007 seen entering Reading station circa July 1987. Stuart Mackay Collection.
The Ultrasonic Test Train 975008 + 975007 is seen at Penzance on 12.08.1987. Andy Cole.
Reading based Derby Lightweight "Low Density" 2-car DMU DB975007 (formerly DMBS M79018) and DB975008 (DTC M79612) operating as Ultrasonic Test Train at Tyseley - c.1970. Both cars are now believed to be preserved at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
975007 + 975008, the Ultrasonic Test Train at Faversham. Date unknown. Stuart Pearce.
The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 + 975008 seen at Leamington Spa on 30/03/1979. Graeme Phillips Collection.
The Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 / 975008 seen at Reading on the 25th September 1982. Jerry Glover.
Displaying the headcode 6Z08, Ultrasonic Test Train DB975007 - DB975008 arrives at the south end of platform 6 at Wigan North Western, 6th July 1985. Built in 1955 the unit had been converted to departmental use 15 years earlier and would eventually be secured for preservation after final withdrawal in 1994. S Gaskell.
The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 + 975008 at Newcastle on 22/10/1985. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Reading stabling point taken from a Reading to Baskingstoke train. The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train (975007 (closest)/975008) can be seen, as well as 117s, a 101 centre car and a 119 DMBC with a bashed cab. John McIntyre.
975007 is seen at Tyseley carriage sidings on 23.08.1986 coupled to it's long time partner 975008. Andy Cole.
The Derby Lightweight Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 + 975008 rests probably at Reading station, circa July 1987. Stuart Mackay Collection.
975007/975008 seen at Reading on 25/7/88. Hamish Stevenson.
The Ultrasonic Test Train 975007 / 975008 - date / location unknown. Ian Francis.