Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: AEC 150 hp / Leyland 150hp
Lot Number: 30276
50338 - original number
53338 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
977694 - from Apr-91 (departmental stock)
Lab Coach 19 - "Iris 2" From 4/91 to 4/08. Carried set number 901002
Class 101 set C807 (53338 + 53309) is seen at Tyseley carriage sidings on 03.05.1986. It was allocated to Cardiff at the time and still retained First Class. Andy Cole.
RTC-allocated unit 901002 (977694/977693) (aka “Iris 2”) at Basingstoke on 3 September 1991. Lewis Bevan.
Iris II - 977694 + 977693 is seen at Crewe on 15.10.1998 in SERCO livery. Andy Cole.
Lab 19 - Iris II (977694 / 977693) at Old Oak Common Open Day on the 5th August 2000. Steve Hodgson.
Lab 19 - Iris II (977694 / 977693) at Old Oak Common Open Day on 5 August 2000. S Gaskell.
Iris II - 977694 + 977693 - is seen at Derby on September 7, 2000. Andy Cole.
Iris II 977694 / 977693 at Carlise in November 2005. Alan Ross.
Iris 2 (977694 + 977693) at Grantham on December 18, 2005. Surface Stock.
Class 101 DMBS 53309, set number C807, is seen stabled at Tyseley carriage sidings on 03.05.1986, with 53338. Andy Cole.
Iris II 977693 / 977694 seen in platform 2 of London Victoria station. Undated. Chris Adams.
"Lab 19 Iris II" might sound like a specialist wing of the Porton Down Experimental Establishment but this was in fact the name of a DMU converted in 1991 from a power twin Metropolitan-Cammell class 101 unit (units 53222-53338). Rebuilt by the Research & Development Division of British Rail at Derby as a test train, it was initially used for radio survey work particularly with the National Radio Network (NRN) and later for video survey work including extensive signal sighting on the WCML prior to the introduction of 125 mph. Bearing the BR Research's silver and grey livery, it is seen passing through London Bridge station on 23 March 1993. Withdrawn and stored at Derby's Railway Technical Centre, it was sold by Network Rail to a private buyer in early 2008. After a short spell at Dunster station on the West Somerset Railway, it was moved to the Barry Tourist railway. Gordon Edgar.
Lab 19 - Iris II - (977693 and 977694) and two Railtrack liveried sandite bubbles sitting on Bletchley tank road circa 1996. Graham Baker.
Lab 19 - Iris II (977693 / 977694) at Old Oak Common Open Day on 5 August 2000. S Gaskell.
977693 and 977694 (IRIS II) is seen at Derby on 07.09.2000. Andy Cole.
977693 / 977694 at Carlisle in November 2005. Alan Ross.