Vehicles in this photo
The following vehicle(s) appear in this photo.
- 977618 - Sandite coach OOU
- 26 June 2001
1 July 2002, 14:09:44
Probably safe to assume this won't be returning to the main line again....
16 March 2007, 22:49:31
When did this coach meet its fate? I believe i saw this in this condition in about 1998 but may be mistaken. Judging by the small bush growing out of it though i may not be far wrong. I stand to be corrected.
14 October 2008, 14:16:02
I *think* this is still here but with the depot closed it surely can't last much longer?! Any updated sightings welcome, thanks.
17 October 2008, 22:03:47
I was in Milton Keynes yesterday (16th) and on my way back to Bedford, it was no problem to divert off the route back home and go past this site to see if 977618 was still there. I can confirm it was still present up against the stop block - the rusty end panel and gangway connector being easily observed.
977618 can be easily viewed from a car and the best view is obtained when travelling south on V7 Saxon Street. The rail overbridge is between Denbigh and Princes Way roundabouts and the vehicle is on the west side of the road and the north side of the bridge. It can also be viewed from a passing train on the Bletchley - Bedford line. There is no road access to the siding so 977618 would have to be moved elsewhere in the area for disposal - a possibility being into the Depot itself now that is has closed.
Other vehicles were on site some years ago including GUV 93723 and an LMS tube wagon. It is highly likely they are still there. 977618 was set on fire on 05 August 1998 - this information was obtained from Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service in about 2000/01 when the info would still be on their system. From the date, it seems very much like bored schoolkids - how many other vehicles have met their end in this manner?
3 December 2009, 20:25:54
Hello, Dose anyone know if 977618 is at Bletchley, Would like to photograph.
4 December 2009, 15:47:48
Yes, coach is still in the headshunt of the "cambridge sidings" (i.e. not part of the closed TMD complex) it can be viewed by catching a train from Bletchley to Fenny Stratford (one stop) or it can be viewed from the footpath next to "TESCO Extra" the path runs from Saxon Street (B&Q roundabout) going towards Bletchley B4034 just above the railway bridge.
Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.
6 December 2009, 18:57:56
Please do not contemplate trespassing in order to gain a photgraph though. This site does not condone trespass; all photographs taken on railway property / trackside have been done so with permission and the required safety precautions.
17 April 2010, 14:36:52
This is still here as of 12th April, however, the trees have grown a fair bit and this and 93723 and the wagon are rapidly becoming somewhat buried, I doubt they'd be able to be extracted easily so will still be there for a fair while.
17 April 2010, 18:33:15
Here's an idle thought, (you can tell I've not been getting out much this year).
For those of us who like to do a bit of underlining, do you think this one would count, seeing as nothing that went to constitute it's departmental livery/identity now remains.
I love rust-pics, but do like a bit of identity to remain.
18 April 2010, 09:38:17
I'd say that what ever TOPS or GEMINI say it is, then it is. Not all departmentals even gained there "official" number, so this one not carrying it's number because it's been burned off or rusted away doesn't really constitute it no longer existing, or even reverting to a previous guise.
29 September 2012, 11:39:16
VCT suggests this is now scrapped. Anyone confirm please?
30 September 2012, 12:03:19
it is still there.
3 February 2017, 23:57:33
Saw this on the 03/02/17 along with GUV 93723.