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One of my very few encounters with a Trans Pennine dmu set was that day, 20/9/81. Here I am waiting at Doncaster as the 12.45 from Manchester Piccadilly arrives with Class 123 E52087 leading. Now this was not one of the genuine Trans Pennine cars of course and was a 1977 transfer from the WR. I recall these units when I lived at Kingsbury in 1964. They were then in green livery but with the end connecting doors painted yellow which gave rise to my nickname for them of 'Ironing Board Units'. I think they worked Derby to Cardiff trains or something similar in those days. Anyway this terminating service was to form my train forward to Sheffield at 15.10.


20th September 1981
Gerard Fletcher


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