Think of 55019 and "Deltic" Royal Highland Fusilier comes to mind. We had are our departmental "bubble" in 55019/TDB975042
which was part of the local rail scene for over 35 years.
Gloucester RCW built class 122 DMBS W55019 was largely Tyesley based from delivery in 1958 working local services throughout the
West Midlands including Wolverhampton Low Level - Birmingham Snow Hill, Stourbridge Jn - Stourridge Jn, Stratford on Avon
and turns across other long closed lines like Wellington - Much Wenlock and beyond. The single car unnit due decreasing passenger work
was an early conversion to departmental service with the unit renumbered TDB975042/DB975042 for use as a route learning vehicle.
From sample departmental turns listed below the all over blue unit ranged much of the unit from her Bletchley depot base.
November 24th 1971 - Guide Bridge - Wath/Tinsley via Woodhead route learner
17th June 1973 - stabled Bletchley TMD
2nd February 1975 - stabled Bletchley TMD
June 29th 1984 - Preston route learning trip
April 21st 1987 - Hereford route learning trip
December 10th 1988 Branch passenger service!
After 54271/51909 had failed earlier in the day a loco hauled
branch service had been provided by 31463 and the 2 coach "spare"
BSK/CK rake affectionally known as "Annie and Clarie". Unfortunately the
"spare set" had failing batteries so with no lighting Bletchley TMD
didnt hire a bus, like LM today, but kicked out departmental TDB975042
as the tractor unit with demic 54271/51909 for passenger accommodation!.
The unlikely trio worked initially
1645 Bletchley - Bedford
1737 Bedford - Bletchley and the rest of the evening service.
Despite its blue livery, little lighting and few seats several "normal" passengers
tried to board the locked out departmental unit at Bedford Midland!
August 12th 1991 Bedford - Bletchley route learner
August 30th 1991 Bletchley - Bedford passenger turns again!
January 31st 1999 - stabled Bletchley TMD
November 18th 2005 Aylesbury - Marylebone Sandite turn
October 30th 2006 Aylesbury - Marylebone Sandite turn
February 9th 2007 stabled Aylesbury
The unit in NSE days even received NSE livery, then Railtrack brown, before finally the bright Network Rail yellow.
She saw her final years working out of Aylesbury until 2007 before being used as a source of spares for the large "bubble"
fleet there. In September 2011 she was moved with maroon liveried W55024 providing traction back to her original Tyesley
home. Road transfer to Cynheidre, South Wales came with her purchased for preservation at the "Llanelli and Myndd Mawr Railway"
came in July 2012. It is hoped the former 55019/DB975042 will be returned to original green livery and seating layout.
TDB975042 phot spot
Bletchley station, 300891 Thanks to Mark Beal
Bletchley TMD, 310199 Thanks to Mark Beal
Bletchley TMD, 130200 Thanks to Mark Beal
with a fine variety of departmental bubbles and the 117 "green goddess" alongside. With little departmental stock now stabled at Aylesbury
station just a solitary 168 os the normal fare today, not quite as rateable!
Must be more 55019/TDB975042 memories/photos to share?