The vehicle is identified as a BSO (Brake Second Open) from a QUAD set. The vehicle was new 6-10-59. The biggest clue to it's identity is the weight of 40tons, which makes it a Class 127. Note the lining ended in a semi-circle rather than being squared off at the corners. Taken possibly at Ampthill before closure circa 1959. Photo by Jim Lawrence. Ian McDonald Collection.
M51593 heads the 12 noon St Pancras - Luton, seen to the south east of Luton on Sunday 20th June 1965. Michael Mensing.
The 7.20pm St. Pancras - Bedford (Midland Road) service is seen north of Harlington on June, 20th 1965. It is operated by a four-car Derby-built DMU with Rolls-Royce 238hp engines and hydraulic transmission, which would later be known as a Class 127. The coupling code for the type was still blue square at this point. Michael Mensing.
The staff of Gretton station, and the crew of the 5.55pm to Bedford, on the last day of services, 16th April 1966. Stuart Mackay Collection.
St. Pancras in the early 1970s, and a Class 127 set is seen ready to work 2C55 to Bedford. John Law.
A Class 127 set in Barking station in 1969 (on either the 1st December or 11th February!). It appears to be displaying a set number - CD626 - in the left cab window. Steve Davies Collection.
A Bed-Pan set at Bedford Midland Road circa 1970. Note the set number in the left cab window. John Law.
A Derby Class 127 set south of Chiltern Green on the Midland Main Line heading for St. Pancras, date unknown. Stuart Rankin.
Class 127 dmu at St Pancras station, London - c.1983. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
A Class 127 Bed-Pan unit in Bedford Midland station after the rain on 17th August 1974. 54A South Dock.
A Rolls-Royce powered Class 127 DMU sits in Bedford station with a service from St Pancras as two young spotters watch 45128 pass on the down "Master Cutler". Taken on June 28, 1976, shortly before the station was rebuilt. Lewis Bevan.
51602 at Derby C&W Works on the 14th August 1976. Stuart Mackay Collection.
The cab of a Class 127 unit, identifiable by the Rolls Royce throttle. Michael Kaye 55A.
A Class 127 DMU at Bedford on 5th February 1977. 54A South Dock.
The cleared semaphore Starter signal indicates that the road is set for an outer suburban dmu train as it proceeds southwards to St Pancras from Cricklewood's neat Midland station on 26th February 1977. Today the line is electrified - the dmus are replaced by emus and the semaphores are replaced by colour lights. The station buildings are long gone, replaced by bus shelter type waiting rooms. Pete LG99.
Cricklewood (London) on 27th February 1977. Semaphore signals & two Midland signal boxes - Brent 1 & 2 - frame a 4-car St Pancras to Bedford dmu. The main gantry held 8 posts but the right-hand four are now armless. In the right background is Cricklewood shed. Pete LG99.
The Midland Main Line out of St Pancras remained semaphore signalled in the 1970s. Here a blue-liveried Class 127 dmu is heading north through Cricklewood in north London past clear signals on 27th February 1977. Pete LG99.
Semaphore signals and two Midland boxes - Brent No. 1 left and Brent No.2 right - surround a four car dmu heading out of St Pancras station northwards through Cricklewood in North London on 27th February 1977. Pity about the four dolls devoid of arms although it wasn't too long after that the whole lot was swept away in the electrification of the Midland main line to Bedford. Pete LG99.
The original Midland Railway Bedford station of 1859 had beautiful ridge & furrow glass awnings with intricate wrought iron supports. Here one of the St Pancras service dmus stands in the Up platform on 26th June 1977. I believe that the signal box glimpsed through the bridge arches stands on the junction between the Hitchin & London lines. In 1978, with electrification, all this was swept away to build a new steel & glass station located 200yards further north. This was to avoid the tight curves into the station from the south as the original platforms were on the older Hitchin lines. For 100 years since the Midland built its own line to London, this hadn't been a problem but to aid the speeding up of services the new station was built on the avoiding line curve to the left of this view. Pete LG99.
M51593 is one of many Class 127 vehicles to be seen at Cricklewood on 28/6/77. David Mant.