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  • 977618

    26 April 2017 - Robin Morel

    Land being cleared of trees and pointwork oiled ahead of this vehicle in the former Bletchley 'Cambridge' group sidings. a move possibly in relation to removing this and a GUV vehicle and wagon still here

  • 975010

    24 April 2017 - Dave Coxon

    This is Test Coach Iris

    Lab 19 was Iris 2

  • 395577

    18 April 2017 - Paul Walter Bartlett

    John Turner has posted a colour photo by John Senior of this from c 1970 at

  • 083516

    11 April 2017 - Philip Hetherington

    This vehicle has left the GCR. I believe it went to a private site (I think the former owner mentioned somewhere in Yorkshire, but I may have got that wrong).

  • 024875

    11 April 2017 - Philip Hetherington

    This vehicle has left the GCR. I believe it is now at Nene Valley Railway.

  • 321049

    2 April 2017 - Dave Cullingworth

    Autocar 3170 body lifted from this chassis during August 2016. Chassis has been sold and currently at DC Engineering at Shildon.

  • 083356

    1 April 2017 - John Hall

    083356 along with 083372, 083523, 975101 and 975113 (NOT 975110) arrived at C.F.Booth Ltd (then Booth-Roe Metals Ltd) Rotherham on 27th January 1992. Date courtesy of Mike Kennard notes.

  • 395817

    1 April 2017 - John Hall

    Official disposal date in June 1998 at Longsight TMD. Contractor not known for definitive but is in all probability MRJ Phillips who were scrapping at locations around the country

  • 889013

    1 April 2017 - John Hall

    B889013 14t Ferryvan built 1958 to Diagram 1/291. Condemned at Ashford Works period 11/1971 and cut at the works period 2/1972.

  • 083268

    1 April 2017 - John Hall

    While it may not be relevant EMU 70016 was cut in half at Eastleigh Works during February 1993 with half going to Germany for door lock research and the remains believed to have been scrapped during March 1993. (Sources RM 5/93 p74+80 and BMUV3). This may have been the last 'scrapping' at the works prior to A.Cartwright Ltd cutting vehicles on site from September 1996.

  • 975636

    31 March 2017 - Kit Spackman

    Lab 8 'Pilot' was the very first APT-P Trailer Car, and was built at Derby C&W in the middle 70s. It remained unpainted in the RTC Yard for some time, mounted on slave bogies, before being fully fitted out during 1978.

  • PC3, PC4, Lab 3, Lab 10

    31 March 2017 - Kit Spackman

    Lab 3, just one end of which can been seen on the near end of POP-Train, was painted in the RTC Red/Blue scheme at this time, which was in 1971-2. It remained in this scheme until being repainted in the 'Inter City' scheme, as seen in the second photo, sometime in the early 80s.

  • 060997

    29 March 2017 - Ben Williams

    Well I've recently been told:

    "...the LMS underframe was at Conwil Station and was sold to a group on the Swindon and Cricklade railway about two years ago.

    their plan is to lengthen it and use it under one of their Victorian carriage bodies."

  • 395303

    27 March 2017 - John Hall

    DM395303 I believe was scrapped in circa March 1964 having been either sold for scrap from Derby Litchurch Lane Works or simply cut on site there by BR Staff.

  • 70220

    25 March 2017 - Simon Bendall

    Posting on wnxx forum reports this still present on 24 March 2017.

  • 98999

    23 March 2017 - Dave Carson

    I was doing a Quality Assurance audit there on that date photographed it, as it has a QRX prefix to its number, I thought it is either a departmental or special service vehicle. Interestingly the water tank does not take up the entire tender space, there stairways at each end with a crawl-way over the tank between it and the tender roof.

  • 975005

    21 March 2017 - Steve Jordan

    Both this vehicle and 975006 were condemned at Stourton C&W 04/80 and sold on in 02/82. The VCT website has them both preserved at Chasewater in 1981, which may well be true with official records not being updated promptly. However sightings at York in 1983 and RTC in 1985 are interesting as they were supposed to be at Chasewater, can anyone shed any light on this?

  • 975404

    21 March 2017 - Steve Jordan

    I have this as Condemned Norwich Thorpe C&W 3/80 and disposed of at Snailwell 10/80.

  • DE321116

    16 March 2017 - Dave Cullingworth

    It is listed as a 1939 built none gangwayed full brake 70564 (originally 6796)Transferred to Departmental Stock as Tunnel Inspection Coach DE321116 based at Leeds. Broken up on site at Skelton Yard, York by Cartwright, Tipton. (Info from Peter Hall via RCTS site).

  • DE321116

    16 March 2017 - Dave Cullingworth

    That is definitely not an ex BCK since it has flat ends and no sign of having gangways. I believe it was a non gangwayed Gresley brake that was modified in departmental use with the addition of LNER windows.

    The NYMR York Area Group stripped it for spare parts.

  • 150431

    16 March 2017 - Brian Cuttell

    Arrived at Barrow Hill 13/3/17.

  • 150430

    16 March 2017 - Brian Cuttell

    The three SECR Pullman coaches (including DW 150430 & DW 150431)from Seaburn arrived at Barrow Hill by road on 13/3/17 for restoration - at least two of them went straight into the Rampart Shed

  • 083523

    15 March 2017 - Paul Walter Bartlett

    ADB975276 existed in August 1973! So I don't undersand the 2009 comment about transfer in 06/84.

    Nice to know it still exists. Bachmann have introduced a nicely finished model of the van as it appeared in 08/73.

  • 083180

    12 March 2017 - Andy Prime

    Previous Numbers BR: DS33, S3410S, SR: 3410, SECR 1170 (Source Bluebell web site:

  • 082232

    12 March 2017 - Andy Prime

    The history of this vehicle is show here: