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BR DMU 79900
Moved to Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, Wirksworth ?/08
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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
975xxx series


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  • 975010

    26 January 2003 - Peter Matlands

    This looks a lot better here than the sorry state it is in now!

  • 975010

    29 January 2003 - Ben

    Well yes but then again it is under restoration at the MRC so it hopefully will return to this state! Of note on the MRC pictures of this vehicle is that the central headlight seen on this picture has been removed and also the fact that at the time this photo was taken it didnt have the exhaust pipes running up the front as it does now......

  • 975010

    27 March 2003 - Alan


    the exhaust pipes on all single car DMUs DO run up the cab front, at the van end (i.e. the one you can't see in this phot)

  • 975010

    31 March 2003 - Ben

    ah yes that will be me being stupid and not really thinking things through then....... ;)

  • 975010

    1 August 2003 - Dave Coxon

    This was known as 'Iris 1' - Lab 19 was (and still is) the 2 car Metcam Iris 2

  • 975010

    24 November 2003 - Craig Adamson

    Glad to see the exhaust issue has been sorted ! lol :)

  • 975010

    9 February 2004 - Tom Walker

    Front-end exhaust pipes do make single car units a hell of a lot less attractive. Riding on single car class 121s on the Bedford-Blechley frequently i used to see a lot of them. I have never seen Iris at bletchley, but have at the MRC. What a state it is now in!

  • 975010

    16 May 2004 - Lee Sharpe

    Iris is undergoing full overhaul to as built condition, exhaust have been removed so they can be modified to the original type with the box on top of the cab roof. At the present time roof, sole bars and headstocks have been painted. Window rubber are being replaced. External repaint should be starting soon.

  • 975010

    10 March 2006 - Chris Lings

    Peter, Craig, Ben,Tom.....are you happy with the state it's in now?? Exhausts and all?

  • 975010

    19 September 2006 - Neil Walkling

    Well I had a ride on Iris at the Midland Railway Centre recently and she performed very well. The standard of restoration on the unit is excellent as with all the work on the Centre's DMU fleet. Maybe sometime in the future we may see Iris in departmental colours again as a tribute to the achievements of the Derby research centre.

  • 975010

    19 February 2008 - Dave Shell

    This unit has recently arrived at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway / aka Wirksworth where it will take part in the Iridgehay re-opening events.

  • 24 April 2017 - Dave Coxon

    This is Test Coach Iris

    Lab 19 was Iris 2