55005 Class 122 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Battlefield Line

Location History

Battlefield Line Nov 92-Present

Current Location

Battlefield Line

 

 

Current Status

Operational

Visited Railways

Llangollen Railway Jun 13

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51321 (if required)

 

 

Owner

Battlefield Line DMU Group

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
55005 became the first single unit "bubble car" to enter preservation in 1992 after being withdrawn from Plymouth Laira depot in May that year.

It is thought that little restoration was required and that the vehicle entered service relatively quickly.

Various circumstances resulted in the Battlefield's DMU fleet being rationalised to one 2-car set and one single unit during the 1990's. 55005 was one of the vehicles selected to remain.

The vehicle was repainted into BR Green with speed whiskers.

Shortly after 2006, 55005 was withdrawn for major bodywork repairs in the cab and guards van area, which is a known weak spot for vehicles of this type.

In October 2011, 55005 emerged from the shed at Shackerstone, and re-entered service resplendant in BR Blue & Grey livery, becoming the only single unit to carry this colour scheme in preservation. The vehicle replaced Class 116 DMBS 51131so could operate either in multple with Class 118 DMS W51321 or alone depending on traffic requirements.

June 2013 saw 55005 become the star visitor at the Llangollen Railway's Railcar Gala, and operated with fellow Blue & Grey liveried Class 108 51907/54490.

55005 has operated all of the Battlefield's railcar services during 2013 and 2014, while other vehicles receive overhaul work.

Future Plans
M55005 has replaced Class 116 DMBS 51131 while that vehicle has bodywork repairs. M55005 is therefore expected to be handling most of the Battlefield Line's passenger traffic, either alone or paired with M51131's former partner, Class 118 DMS W51321.

 

M55005 awaiting departure at Shackerstone, 5/9/15. Jonathan Hulse

   

M55005 arrives into Market Bosworth, 17/7/13. Chris Moxon

   

M55005, a 1958 built machine, poses alongside a 1966 built machine at Shenton, 17/7/13. Chris Moxon

   

M55005 heads for Shackerstone passing King's Bridge, 17/7/13. Chris Moxon

   

M55005 on the Llangollen Railway whilst visiting for their Railcar Gala, 22/6/13. Chris Moxon

   

M55005 & W51321 at Shenton, operating services following the cancellation of the line's diesel gala, 11/11/12. Lee Pacey

   

M55005 gleams in the sun at Shackerstone on a test run, 22/10/11. Richie Marcus

   

M55005 at Shackerstone on a test run, 22/10/11. Richie Marcus

   

M55005 on a test run, 22/10/11. Richie Marcus

   

M55005 emerges from the shed following at least two years of bodywork repairs. The bubble car becomes the only single unit to currently carry BR Blue & Grey livery in preservation, 18/10/11. Richie Marcus

   

W55005 at Shenton during the 2006 Railcar Convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

W55005 arrives into Shenton carrying a tail load during the 2006 Railcar Convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

W55005 runs round its tail load at Shenton during the 2006 Railcar Convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

W55005 at Shackerstone, 10/7/04. Graham Turner

   

W55005 at Shackerstone, 10/7/04. Graham Turner

   

W55005 at Shackerstone, 10/7/04. Graham Turner

   

W55005 at Shenton, 13/9/03. Keith Long

   

55005 in the shed at the Battlefield Railway, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay

 

Interior

 

The drivers cab of W55005 at Shackerstone, 10/7/04. Graham Turner