Builder: BR Swindon Works
Type: Cross Country
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: BR Standard
Engines: AEC 150hp
Lot Number: 30559
|28/11/59||New to||61A (Kittybrewster)|
|3w/e 19/11/60||Transferred to||64H (Leith Central)|
|w/e 03/06/61||Transferred to||61A (Kittybrewster)|
|2w/e 12/05/62||Transferred to||66C (Hamilton)|
|Sep-62||Transferred to||67A (Corkerhill)|
|4w/e 01/06/63||Transferred to||61A (Kittybrewster)|
|5w/e 04/02/67||Transferred to||60A (Inverness)|
|4w/e 30/06/68||Transferred to||66C (Hamilton)|
|Oct-68||Transferred to||60A (Inverness)|
|Aug-69||Transferred to||66C (Hamilton)|
|4w/e 01/11/69||Transferred to||60A (Inverness)|
|w/e 04/07/70||On loan to||66C (Hamilton)|
|Sep-70||Ex-loan back to||60A (Inverness)|
|2w/e 22/03/80||Transferred to||CF (Cardiff Canton)|
|11/05/86||Stored S.||CF (Cardiff Canton)|
|2w/e 14/05/86||Transferred to||AY (Ayr)|
|28/09/86||Transferred to||HA (Haymarket)|
|Mar-87||Withdrawn from||HA (Haymarket)|
20th September 1986 - Seen carrying unit no. C615
28th February 1987 - Seen carrying unit no. C615
|51781||59680||51793||Listed at 61A - May-60|
|51781||59685||51790||Transfer to 66C - 2w/e 12/05/62|
|51781||59685||51790||Transfer to 67A - Sep-62|
|51781||59685||51790||Transfer to 61A - 4w/e 01/06/63|
|51781||59685||51789||Transfer to 66C - 4w/e 30/06/68|
|51781||59684||51788||Transfer to 66C - Aug-69|
|51781||59684||51788||Transfer to 60A - 4w/e 01/11/69|
|51781||59684||51788||Transfer to 66C - w/e 04/07/70 - on loan|
|51781||59684||51788||Transfer to 60A - Sep-70|
|302||51781||59682||51788||Listed at IS - mid-May-78 - Refurbished set|
|C510||51781||59682||51788||Transfer to CF - 2w/e 22/03/80 - by May running as C616|
|C615||51781||59682||51788||Listed at CF - 15/12/1982|
|C615||51781||59682||51788||Listed at CF - circa Jan-86|
|51781||59682||51788||Transfer to AY - 2w/e 14/05/86|
|C615||51781||59682||51788||Noted 20th May 1986|
|615||51781||59682||51788||Listed at Ayr - Summer 1986|
|51781||59682||53653||Noted 31st July 1986|
|615||51781||59682||53653||Listed at Ayr - August 1986|
|51781||59682||53653||Noted 7th August 1986|
|107427||51781||59268||51987||Formed at AY p/e 17/09/86 - two vans, 51781 carried C615|
|615||51781||59580||51788||Formation change - circa Oct-86 - 59580 replaces 59682 (to 616)|
circa May-81 - Headlamp fitted
Set 302 at Huntly, taken from 254 002 - the first HST to travel the line - on the 6th April 1978. 51781 DMBC is probably the closest vehicle. Mike Cooper.
Class 120 set C615 heads out of Paisley Gilmour Street Station towards Glasgow, circa 1987. C615 was the unit's set number from its years at Cardiff, but it was originally allocated to the Scottish Region. Andrew McConnell.
51781 leads 59682 and 51788 as set C615 through Bristol Stapleton Road in 1984. Robert Tarling.
A nice hybrid set - W51781 is at the head of 107 59797 and 116 53132 at Haymarket depot, about to into Haymarket station to work the 18:15 to North Berwick. 14th July 1986. Hamish Stevenson.
W51781 in Haymarket depot on the 14th July 1986, about to work ECS to form the 18:15 Haymarket - North Berwick. Hamish Stevenson.
A Swindon Cross-Country DMBC W51781 at the buffers in Glasgow Central. August 1986. Still carrying its Cardiff set number, W prefix and headlamp bracket, it's now part of a hybrid set - the farthest away vehicle is a Class 107. Andrew McConnell.
51781 was for most of it's life a Scottish vehicle, seen here back in Scotland after several years in Cardiff as can be seen by the set number still carried. Working with Class 120 M59268 + Class 107 51987, this is officially Ayr set 427. Seen in Glasgow Central station on the 7th September 1986, ready to work the 14:05 to Ayr. Hamish Stevenson.
A Class 120 DMU with W51781 at the front is seen in Ayr station on September 22, 1986, beside one of the EMUs which would replace it on the Ayr - Glasgow line. The ex-Cardiff vehicle (sent north to cover for the out-of-traffic Class 107s) was transferred to Haymarket the following week. WS Sellar.
W51781 is at the rear of M59285 + M53698 heading out of Uphall with the 11:18 Edinburgh - Bathgate on the 1st November 1986. This is set 507, a few weeks earlier the vehicle still had its Cardiff set number C615, the new set sticker failed to cover the 'C'. Hamish Stevenson.
Set 507 (W51781 + M59285 + M53698) arrives into Uphall station with the 16:03 Bathgate - Edinburgh on the 1st November 1986. Hamish Stevenson.
Set formation C507 consisting of vehicles W51781 W59285 W53698 is seen working the North Berwick-Edinburgh Waverley shuttle service at North Berwick on 5/12/86. This example appears to have recently transferred from Western Region - Cardiff Division, the car numbers having W-prefixing and the C-prefix set number. It also has a bracket between the two cab front windows for carrying the extra headlight used on the Central Wales line. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Swindon class 120 set 507 (W51781 + M59285 + M53698) rasps its way up the grade towards Lochmuir summit with an Edinburgh to Dundee stopping service. January 1987. Bruce Galloway.
Some Class 120 vehicles were sent to Aberdeen Ferryhill depot for component stripping. Here W51781 makes a return to its old home after a period in Wales, but sadly now devoid of many mechanical components. 26/4/87. Hamish Stevenson.
C615 is formed of former ScR vehicles W51788 / W59682 / 51781, and seen at Lawrence Hill in 1984. Robert Tarling.
107 427 rolls into Johnstone. Undated, but the 120 centre car probably means this was circa September 1986 when 51987 ran with 59268 and 51781. Andrew McConnell.
A Class 120 set with two brake vehicle in Edinburgh Waverley on November 1st, 1986. This should make it set 507 formed 53698 + 59285 + 51781. Gordon Thomson.
Class 120 set C615 at Dundee (Tay Bridge) on 21/2/87 probably on a service to Arbroath. The nearest vehicle is W51781 in run-down condition typical of the period, looking west. Kenneth Leiper.