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Vehicle 55991


Class 128

BR Diagram 643

Builder: GRC&W
Type: Parcels Van
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None / BR Standard
Engines: Albion 230hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30551
Diagram: 643

Allocations

4w/e 30/01/60 New to SHL
Apr-68 Transferred to 81D (Reading)
May-73Depot code changeRG (Reading)
Jun-87 Transferred to OO (Old Oak Common)
27/11/88 Transferred to CA (Cambridge) RPXN
05/11/90 Withdrawn from CA (Cambridge) RPXX

Notes

9th September 1989 - Seen in Royal Mail red livery

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:


53365 55991 Noted 26th November 1988
55991 93307 Noted 24th June 1989
55991 Noted 9th September 1989 - part of 3-car set (with 53904 + 53929) hauling BG 94124

Modifications

Jun-71 - Dual AWS fitted
Jul-75 - WR AWS removed

Images:

DMU

Date: unknown

Date unknown as 55991 arrives at Paddington. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: unknown

Parcels van 55991 at Southall, date unknown. Stuart Mackay Collection.

DMU

Date: 20th August 1975

Parcels car 55991 works one of its frequent jounies into Paddington passing Ealing Broadway on 20th August 1975. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 18th February 1980

55991 about to enter Reading station on 18/2/80. Chris Lings.

DMU

Date: 4th August 1981

Diesel Parcel Unit W55991 at rest in the platform at Maidenhead, 4th August 1981. Paul James.

DMU

Date: 4th August 1981

Diesel Parcel Unit W55991 slows down for its booked stop at Maidenhead, 4th August 1981. Paul James.

DMU

Date: 4th September 1982

Running into Paddington on the 4th September 1982 is GRCW parcels car 55991. Jerry Glover.

DMU

Date: 2nd June 1983

Class 128 parcels unit W55991 arrives solo at Paddington, Thursday 2nd June 1983 Iain Reid.

DMU

Date: 3rd August 1983

There were five Class 128 parcels units still in traffic when this images was taken on the 3rd August 1983, and 55991 - pictured here at Slough coupled to a class 121 "bubble car" - was one of two allocated to the Western Region. All five remaining examples were scrapped in April 1991 rendering this interesting class extinct. S Gaskell.

DMU

Date: 3rd August 1985

Class 128 55991 seen at Slough on 3rd August 1985. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 28th February 1987

Class 128 parcels car 55991 is seen at Reading on 28th February 1987. Ian Buck.

DMU

Date: 9th July 1987

The headcode boxes are gone on 55991, seen at Reading on 9/7/87. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 24th October 1987

Class 128 parcels car 55991 is seen at the stops in Paddington on 24/10/87. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 30th October 1987

Class 128 parcels car 55991 at Slough on 30/10/87. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 30th October 1987

A close-up of the end of 55991 at Slough on 30/10/87. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 30th October 1987

Class 128 parcels car 55991 at Slough on 30/10/87. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 19th March 1988

55991 at Vic Berry's, Leicester 19/3/88, for asbestos removal. Sparegang.

DMU

Date: 3rd April 1988

55991 makes indentification easy with the number on the front, and also unusually on the centre of the vehicle. At Vic Berry's on 3/4/88. Behind in 55005. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 5th June 1988

55991 is seen in Doncaster Works, 5/6/88. Jerry Glover.

DMU

Date: 21st March 1989

55991 with (presumably 55931) and 54901 at Leeds on March 21, 1989. John Carter.

DMU

Date: 24th June 1989

55991 hauling 93307 on 3E26, 17:57 Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds at Chinley, 24-6-89. Kevin Dowd.

DMU

Date: 7th August 1989

55991 in the north bay at Cambridge, 7/8/89. Mike Cooper.

DMU

Date: 7th August 1989

55991 in the north bay at Cambridge, 7/8/89. Mike Cooper.

DMU

Date: 7th August 1989

55991 in the north bay at Cambridge, 7/8/89, alongside 54347. Mike Cooper.

DMU

Date: 9th September 1989

Class 128 55991 with Class 114 54904 + 55929 and BG 94124 on the Saturday Only 3E26 17:57 Manchester Piccadilly to Leeds Parcel Depot at New Mills South Junction, 9-9-89. Kevin Dowd.


The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:

DMU

Date: unknown

A fascinating picture of an unidentified Gloucester Class 128 (possibly W55991) gangwayed DMPV (Diag 643, Lot 30551 - one of the series W55991-W55996) carrying what appears to be non-standard blue livery with white cab roofs and seemingly without yellow warning panels, although the reality is the van has a yellow painted corridor connection. The DMPV is working with an unidentified green liveried Derby Class 116 DMBS, the pair pulling a BR(SR) green liveried CCT at Twyford and thought to be heading east - c.1968. 53A Models of Hull Collection.

DMU

Date: 4th March 1988

Set number: TS055

M55005 is seen at Vic Berry's next to 55991 on 4/3/88. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 1989

Class 114/1 55931 sandwiched between 55991 and 54901 in Leeds station. The former 53040 had the roller shutter doors added at Ilford in late 1987, initially running in the plain blue parcels livery with yellow stripe. It visited Doncaster Works in early 1989 for fitting of Leyland TL11 engines and repaint into red. Malcolm Clements.

DMU

Date: 21st March 1989

Class 114 parcels conversion 54901 (and presumably 55931) and 55991 on the rear at Leeds on March 21, 1989. John Carter.

                                                                                                                                                                             


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