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Vehicle 55008 / 975309

Class 122

BR Diagram 539

Builder: GRC&W
Type: High Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: None
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30419
Diagram: 539


23rd May 1958 - Seen on test.

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

55008 - original number
975309 - from May-74 (departmental stock)

Department Use as TDB975309

Route Learner From 5/74 to 8/82.



Date: 28th August 1964

Set number: 106

The 7:30am Leamington Spa (General) - Birmingham Snow Hill is seen at Solihull on the 28th August 1964. It is formed of M55008 with a DTS (carrying a crest) and a Class 116 set. Michael Mensing.


Date: circa September 1969

Wolverhampton Low Level station in Autumn 1969. Single car diesel multiple unit dmu W55008, in rail blue with yellow end panels, stands in the only rail connected platform as the late afternoon light is fading. The very last gasp for passenger services on this one-time Great Western Railway trunk route from London to Merseyside. Pete LG99.


Date: circa September 1969

Birmingham Snow Hill in Autumn 1969. A single diesel multiple unit (W55008) was sufficient for the weekend traffic to Wolverhampton Low Level. It was in blue livery with a small yellow warning panel & here with exhaust billowing from its two cab roof pipes it is ticking over in bay platform 4 prior to departure. Pete LG99.


Date: 3rd September 1974

Eastern Region route learner 975309 heading south past the site of Copmanthorpe station on York - Leeds line. Taken at 3.32pm on September 3rd, 1974. Michael Mensing.


Date: February 1977

'Drab Olive' liveried Route Learning Car TDB975309 at York in February 1977. Rex Holt.


Date: October 1979

Drab olive coloured departmental Class 122 975309 sits outside Doncaster Works, October 1979. Malcolm Clements.


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