BR Class 122 DMU W55000

Built by Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Works, class 122 ‘Bubblecar’ single car unit W55000 was the first member of the class and operated on lightly used branch lines.

W55000 was built in 1958 and originally fitted with an AEC engine and equipment but in later years this was replaced with a Leyland 6/80 150 HP engine.

It was initially based in the south west and worked on lines such as the old and much missed South Brent to Kingsbridge line in Devon, nicknamed the 'Primrose Line', before moving to Tyseley in the West Midlands.

In 1987, it moved back to the south west and worked the Cornish branches in place of more modern, but inefficient diesel multiple units. W55000 was withdrawn at the end of 1993.

It now works diesel services on the line in February and March, as well as selected off-peak trains, when its large, panoramic windows offer excellent views of the valley of the Dart.

It was painted in 1990s Regional Railways colours when it re-entered service in 2009, but was returned to its original condition and repainted into its more attractive British Railways green livery for the 2010 season. 


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W55000-green.gif W55000 newly outshopped in original BR green - January 2010. The train reporting number blinds have been reinstated and the modern day headlight has been removed.

Bubble-car-crop.gif W55000 in its Regional Railways colours, photographed in 2009.