A gleaming Derby suburban DMU skirts Kenrick Park as it approaches West Bromwich circa 1957. The ex-GWR trackbed at this point now carries the Midland Metro and today the train would have just left the Kenrick Park stop. Next would be Trinity Way and then West Bromwich Central. Original photo by John Evans. Steve Jones Collection.
A Class 116 set is seen on driver training duties at Solihull in May 1957. Michael Mensing.
50052 (and presumably 59002 and 50094) are seen in Birmingham Snow Hill in Mid-May 1957. Michael Mensing.
The first Derby suburban set on trial / driver training on the 4th May 1957. 50050 leads 59000 and presumably 50092 at Tyseley, taken at 3.47pm. Michael Mensing.
An up driver instructor working seen on Sunday 19th May 1957 at Lapworth & Rowington Jct. Michael Mensing.
This is likely a crew training run, led by W50052 (and presumably followed by 59002 and 59094) seen near the summit of Hatton Bank (Leamington - Birmingham line) on the 26th May 1957. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban set in Birmingham Snow Hill on June 15, 1957 with the 1.55pm service to Dudley. Michael Mensing.
The 2.10pm Wellington - Lapworth service is led by W50056 when seen at West Bromwich / Swan Village on the 3rd August 1957. Michael Mensing.
On Sunday September 1st, 1957, a Derby suburban triple set is seen working the 4.00pm Wellington - Leamington local service near Lapworth. Michael Mensing.
The staff have a chit-chat on the platform next to a brand new Class 116 set in Birmingham Moor Street station on November 23rd, 1957. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban set headed by W50878 arrives at Birmingham Snow Hill on 29 November 1957 ready to work the 2.05pm to Stratford-on-Avon. In brand new condition, it was delivered that month and the set would also contain 59333 and 50825. Michael Mensing.
The 4.20pm Birmingham Moor Street - Leamington services pauses at Olton on February 15th, 1958. The 6-car notice had just installed, and 3-cars signs appeared between Bordesley and Olton. Michael Mensing.
A Class 116 set enters Worcester Foregate Street with the 9.55am Birmingham Snow Hill - Great Malvern service on March 9, 1958. Michael Mensing.
The 1.55pm Birmingham Snow Hill - Stourport service is seen in Kidderminster station on March 30, 1958, with W50094 at the front. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban triple set (later Class 116) is seen between Lye and Cradley on June 14th, 1958. Michael Mensing.
W50117 leads a Class 116 set at Stratford-on-Avon in October 1958. Michael Mensing.
51147 + 59444 + 51134 in Bristol Temple Meads station on the 6th October 1958. It's working an Avonmouth service, this is the first day of diesel services on the line. Stuart Mackay Collection.
In late 1959 an unlined green Derby Triple suburban set is seen at Acocks Green. Michael Mensing.
An unlined-green Derby suburban set at Acock's Green in late 1959. Michael Mensing.
A Derby suburban DMU in Acock's Green station in late 1959. Michael Mensing.