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  • 975397

    15 August 2018 - Dave Bower

    This test coach was first used by the DM&EE in 1974, after the original Test Car 2 was damaged during a test, and subsequently withdrawn from use and scrapped. This replacement coach was built in 1962 at Wolverton in Lot 30699 as a British Rail Mk 1 BSK number 35386 and fitted with Commonwealth bogies. The coach was temporarily adapted for use by the DM&EE and renumbered ADB975397 in 1974, receiving various further modifications in 1976 to become the second generation Test Car 2 with a TOPS code of QXX. Test Car 2 was predominantly used for slip/brake testing, being a regular visitor to the normal slip/brake test site on the West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Winsford. More details about Test Car 2 and slip/brake testing can be found in my book about ‘Rail Vehicle Testing’ ISBN- 9781999935603.

  • 201055

    15 August 2018 - Dave Bower

    The wagon was transferred to the DM&EE test department in the early 1980s and designated TOPS code ZXA. ADC201055 was often seen in freight wagon test trains with Test Car 1 (ADW150375) running from the RTC Derby. The inclusion of the ZXA within the often short freight vehicle test trains provided additional brake force, but the main purpose for its use was as a ride comparator vehicle, and a benchmark for the assessment of ride performance of new or modified freight wagons and on-track plant. More details about freight wagon and plant testing can be found in my book about ‘Rail Vehicle Testing’ ISBN:- 9781999935603.

  • 201055

    15 August 2018 - Dave Bower

    The wagon was transferred to the DM&EE test department in the early 1980s and designated TOPS code ZXA. ADC201055 was often seen in freight wagon test trains with Test Car 1 (ADW150375) running from the RTC Derby. The inclusion of the ZXA within the often short freight vehicle test trains provided additional brake force, but the main purpose for its use was as a ride comparator vehicle, and a benchmark for the assessment of ride performance of new or modified freight wagons and on-track plant. More details about freight wagon and plant testing can be found in my book about ‘Rail Vehicle Testing’ ISBN:- 9781999935603.

  • 061082

    2 August 2018 - Ben Williams

    Old Oak ones all moved a while ago. Details are updated on here.

  • 82129

    1 August 2018 - Robin Morel

    Now in use as possession limit vehicle (temp buffer stop) at Derby station during remodelling

  • 061082

    1 August 2018 - Jon Horswell

    Any idea as to whether the three wagons at Old Oak are still present too?

  • 061082

    31 July 2018 - Dan Adkins

    Photos of the empty shed have appeared on WNXX. There doesn't seem to be any wagon visible in any of the photos.

  • 083529

    30 July 2018 - Roger Harris

    This wagon carried BED 13 at Bedenham.

  • 6352

    26 July 2018 - Dan Adkins

    A photo from May (although taken in darkness with artificial light) suggests there is indeed at least one green Mk2 barrier coach there, but it only appears in the background so I have no chance of seeing which one it is.

  • 150017

    26 July 2018 - Ben Williams

    Thanks. Now updated

  • 975025

    26 July 2018 - Mick House

    975025 "CAROLINE" currently running with 37 424

    In the guise of 37 558 Avro Vulcan XH558.

  • 6352

    25 July 2018 - Ben Williams

    Had a report of a barrier vehicle at Bounds Green in green livery - thought number similar to 6352? Has this had a repaint?

  • 061082

    23 July 2018 - Ben Williams

    I'm told this depot is now closed so if this wagon has been hidden in a shed all this time then it may reappear...?

  • 968006

    23 July 2018 - Brian Cuttell

    Was originally numbered SI5705 in departmental service and it carried this number when I saw it in 1969.

  • 977183

    23 July 2018 - Dave Warby

    This chassis was in the carriage works at Horsted Keynes carrying the body of LBSCR T 328 which was in the course of restoration.

  • 977349

    16 July 2018 - Simon Bendall

    It went to Finmere, near Bicester, with the other Class 501 car.

  • 977349

    10 July 2018 - Christopher Jordan

    dear all has 977349 - Unit 936003 sandite & de-icing M & EE been taken for preservation to Bury in East Lancs Railway for tie up with another they are sposed to have already as I cant find out from anybody on at the site whois in the know on this special vehicle. thanx for ypour time if you reply to my request much apreciated kid regards Chris jordan aged 69

  • 68501

    9 July 2018 - Vince

    Now in Arlington's green livery, with 68504 following suit.

  • 042236

    8 July 2018 - David Denton

    Hi Andrew

    Many thanks

    Dave Denton

  • 042236

    8 July 2018 - Andrew Briddon

    787011 made the move to Wirksworth. 787340 is also still available for sale, but stored at Darley Dale.

  • 68504

    7 July 2018 - Simon Bendall

    68504 is the other, 68505 to be kept in reserve.

  • 042236

    6 July 2018 - David Denton

    Hi Andrew

    Could you tell me the number of the one which has gone to Wirksworth please

    Many thanks

    Dave Denton

  • 68504

    6 July 2018 - Jon Horswell

    It is 68501 in Arlington Green, preparing for a new life as a translator. One of the other two will follow, with the remaining vehicle probably scrapped.

  • 68504

    5 July 2018 - Andrew Cameron

    One of the de-icer cars, and I suspect that it is 68504, has been repainted at Eastleigh to either Arlington or Southern Region green. The reasons for this are unknown.

    https://flic.kr/p/28LWDiY

  • 096034

    5 July 2018 - Ben Williams

    This one was still present though today in the private yard near station (but visible from Lovers Lane.)