The Ultrasonic test train visits Buxton, made up of Class 101 Metro-Cammell driving cars, the centre car is a carriage from a SR EMU. DB977391 (51433), DB999602 (62483), DB977392 (53167). 22nd April 1993. Andrew J Crowther.
The Class 101 Ultrasonic test train 977391 + 977371 (with former SR EMU vehicle 999602 in the centre) at Woking in 2002 beside a Railtrack MPV. John Law.
The Ultrasonic test train 977391 + 999602 + 977371 at Woking in 2002. John Law.
DB977392 + DB999602 + DB977391 stabled at Chester 2-9-90. Kevin Dowd.
A front shot of DB977392 at Chester 2-9-90. Kevin Dowd.
The Ultrasonic test train visits Buxton, made up of class 101 Metro-Cammell driving cars, the centre car is a carriage from a SR EMU. DB977392 (53167), DB999602 (62483), DB977391 (51433). 22nd April 1993. Andrew J Crowther.
53246 was renumbered 977393 and in 1987 sent to Cardiff Cathays as a third vehicle to convert to an Ultrasonic Test vehicle alongside 51433 / 53167 (977391/2 with an ex-SR EMU car in-between). In the event it was not used, and languished at Cathays until its closure in 1990 when it moved to Radyr, where it is seen here in circa 1993. It is covered in large stickers proclaimed as being stripped of asbestos by Vic Berrys. It was cut up at MC Metals in Glasgow in June '93. Chris Adams.
977393 at Radyr Yard on 21st March 1993. S Gaskell.
The front end of double DMBS route learning set 977535 977536 (ex-50259 / 50295) is covered in graffiti when caught at Thornaby on the 8th June 1989. Jerry Glover.
Iris II 977693 / 977694 seen in platform 2 of London Victoria station. Undated. Chris Adams.
Laboratory 19 is also known as "Iris II", and 977693 (ex-50222) is seen here at the RTC in 1991. Simon Barnes.
"Lab 19 Iris II" might sound like a specialist wing of the Porton Down Experimental Establishment but this was in fact the name of a DMU converted in 1991 from a power twin Metropolitan-Cammell class 101 unit (units 53222-53338). Rebuilt by the Research & Development Division of British Rail at Derby as a test train, it was initially used for radio survey work particularly with the National Radio Network (NRN) and later for video survey work including extensive signal sighting on the WCML prior to the introduction of 125 mph. Bearing the BR Research's silver and grey livery, it is seen passing through London Bridge station on 23 March 1993. Withdrawn and stored at Derby's Railway Technical Centre, it was sold by Network Rail to a private buyer in early 2008. After a short spell at Dunster station on the West Somerset Railway, it was moved to the Barry Tourist railway. Gordon Edgar.
Lab 19 - Iris II - (977693 and 977694) and two Railtrack liveried sandite bubbles sitting on Bletchley tank road circa 1996. Graham Baker.
Lab 19 - Iris II (977693 / 977694) at Old Oak Common Open Day on 5 August 2000. S Gaskell.
977693 / 977694 at Carlisle in November 2005. Alan Ross.
Lab 19 - Iris II (977694 / 977693) at Old Oak Common Open Day on the 5th August 2000. Steve Hodgson.
Lab 19 - Iris II (977694 / 977693) at Old Oak Common Open Day on 5 August 2000. S Gaskell.
Iris II 977694 / 977693 at Carlise in November 2005. Alan Ross.
NSE liveried Class 101 sandite 977895 at Longsight on April 24, 2001. Surface Stock.
Withdrawn Class 101 sandite / route learning vehicles, possibly at Longsight, on 26/2/01. On the left is 977896 which was part of set 960991 and on the right one half of set 960994. Steve Hodgson.