A pair of Derby Lightweight sets. Date and location unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
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.
M79121 leads a twin set with 'Lichfield via Four Oaks' on the destination blind, seen in Birmingham New Street, date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
E79026 on the back of a Boston service seen at Grantham, date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.
ER Derby Lightweight sets at Castle Bromwich in May 1955, borrowed to work British Industries Fair services before delivery to Lincolnshire. Note that it is also carrying sideboards. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Admirers for Derby Lightweight vehicles at Birmingham New Street on the 2nd May 1955. These are sets destined for Lincolnshire, borrowed before delivery by the LMR to work British Industries Fair shuttles to Castle Bromwich. Michael Mensing.
E79040 at Mundesley, date unknown. A more unusual viewpoint, showing end details not normally seen in images - the lettering, distinct exhaust design, waist level jumpers and a water filler pipe for the coolant header tanks mounted in the vestibule ceilings. Tim Stubbs.
Two 2-car Derby Lightweights on the 1.20pm Birmingham New Street - Rugeley seen entering Witton. The DMU services on the line had just been introduced earlier that month. Michael Mensing.
M79655 heads three 2-car Derby Lightweights on a Birmingham New Street - Evesham excursion seen at Studley on the 12th August 1956. Michael Mensing.
A 4-car Derby Lightweight set, the closest vehicle appears to be E79510. Taken on the 15th September 1956 at Tebay, it's probably the RCTS 'The Little North Western' railtour. Stuart Mackay Collection.
School run on the Mundesley branch circa 1958. This is on board a Derby Lightweight set. Tim Stubbs.
British Railways (Derby Lightweight) single unit (DMBS) railcar M79900 at Banbury Merton Street station with a service for Buckingham - c.1958. Remarkably this railcar survives to this day, having been rebuilt as test coach "Iris", based at Bletchley and numbered 975010 in the departmental series. Its last years of service were with the Research Centre at Derby where it was again repainted into lined green livery. It is now preserved at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
There are at least ten Derby Lightweight vehicles visible in this view at Birmingham New Street on the 2nd March 1957, there were 16 vehicle total. They will form three services, the 5.15pm to Lichfield (6-cars), 5.20pm to Lichfield (6-cars), and the 5.42pm to Four Oaks (4-cars). The latter would have addition vehicle added from an incoming service. Michael Mensing.
A long line of Derby Lightweight vehicles in platform 4 of Birmingham New Street on the 7th May 1957. They will work the 5.15pm to Lichfield (6-cars), 5.20pm to Lichfield (6-cars) and 5.42pm to Four Oaks (4-cars, will have additional vehicles added from an incoming service). Michael Mensing.
A Derby Lightweight at Mundesley in the summer of 1957. Tim Stubbs.
79664 and 79144 are at the head of a Derby Lightweight formation with at least three sets seen at Aston late in December 1957. Michael Mensing.
A Derby Lightweight at North Walsham bound for Mundesley circa 1958. Tim Stubbs.
An accident damaged Derby Lightweight being recovered. The crane is from Lostock Hall MPD, and the photo can also be found in Trans-Pennine Publishing Ltd's book "British Railway's Breakdown Cranes". Bill Warden.
E79023 is the DMBS in this Derby Lightweight set seen at Long Melford. Date unknown. Steve Davies Collection.
A Derby Lightweight set at Sudbury. Undated. Steve Davies Collection.