A Swindon Class 123 Inter-City vehicle inside Swindon Works in the summer of 1967. This is thought to be W52086, the first of the class to be so treated. David Faircloth.
A rather forlorn Swindon InterCity DMBS W52086 at Doncaster circa 1980. It has had its B4 bogies removed, it is sitting on what was probably reclaimed Mk1 bogies for its trip to Snailwell. Stuart Pearce.
A Class 123 DMBS at Doncaster, probably 52086. Behind is a drab-olive coloured departmental Class 122. Date unknown. Malcolm Clements.
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. Gerard Fletcher.
Class 123 DMBS E52087 at Sheffield Midland on 04-03-82. Vincent Haworth.
Class 123 Swindon 4-car DMU DMBS 52087 leading, 2-car Met Cam on the back, Doncaster 23-10-82. On Tour With the Class 13 Army.
E52087 heads along the down relief lines at Oxmardyke on 5th April 1983 at the front of a Trans-Pennine service to Hull. Gilberdyke station can be seen in the background and this view shows a fine variety of the semaphore signalling in use at the time. Syd Young.
Class 123 DMU no. 52087 heading a mixed class 123/124 Trans-Pennine set at Morecambe on 3/Mar/1984. After the cessation of the display of headcodes, most class 123s eventually had the headcode panels removed completely and standard DMU marker lights installed in re-panelled cab front as seen here. They operated some services from the North West to the East Coast in their twilight years. Robert Chilton.
A three-car Class 123 set in Leeds station on May 30th 1978 formed of 52088 + 59819 + 52098. Rex Holt.
Class 123 52088 is seen at Doncaster on 20.04.1984. This was the other end of a Class 124 Trans-Pennine unit. Andy Cole.
A Class 123 set departs from Huddersfield on June 8, 1979, with DMBS 52089 on the rear. Malcolm Clements.
E52089, E59826, E59773 and E52103 in the old Green Eyre platform at Lancaster Castle on the 19th August 1982. Robert Frise.
DMBSL E52089 heads a class 123/124 'hybrid' DMU with a service for Sheffield and Manchester at Brocklesby Junction, North Lincolnshire - 09/03/1983. © 2014 - 53A Models of Hull Collection. Scanned from the original 35mm monochrome negative; photographed by John Turner. 53A Models of Hull Collection.
E52090 is part of set 710 when seen at Manchester Piccadilly in 1978. Malcolm Clements.
Class 123 Swindon Inter-City set 710 in Manchester Picaddilly. Note the 1 on centre car door, and on the refurbished liveried Class 108 on the left. Date unknown, probably late 1970s. Peter Heppenstall.
E52090 + E59819 + E59838 + E52096 at Morecambe Promenade after an arrival from Leeds on 27 August 1982. Robert Frise.
Class 123 DMBS no. E52090 looked to be recently ex-works when seen at the rear of a 4-car formation departing Lancaster on 11/09/1982, presumably on a Leeds service. In their final years, these Inter-City units were transferred to the Eastern Region to join the similar Class 124 Trans-Pennine units, making up mixed formations on services connecting Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield and Manchester. Class 31/4s took over these services from May 1984, leading to the mass withdrawal of all Class 123 / 124 vehicles - none survived. Graeme Phillips Collection.
1976 was famous for the amazing Summer but March was a bit grim as seen on the 12th at Cardiff. L711 is arriving (presumably 52091 at the front), in the set was 59823 and completed the set for me! Remember when they kept dmu's together? The loco, by deduction, is probably 47504. It doesn't really matter at this distance in time. It's Cardiff and it's 42 years ago! Arnie Furniss.
Set L711 seen in Manchester Piccadilly in 1978. Malcolm Clements.
Swindon Class 123 Inter-City set L711 seen at Hull station on the 13th March 1978, formed of E52091 + E59820 + E52097. Ian Francis.