British Rail 97250 ETHEL 1

British Rail 97250 ETHEL 1

During the early years of the 1980’s, the Scottish Region of BR required a source of electrical power to heat trains on their remote western lines. Already planned were a fleet of converted Class 37 locomotives but a short term solution was required. Withdrawn...
British Rail Departmental Laboratory 9 Hydra

British Rail Departmental Laboratory 9 Hydra

RDB 975385 Laboratory 9 Hydra was the sole survivor of the Class 129 single-car Diesel Multiple Unit built in 1955 for British Rail. Only three were built by Cravens and were introduced in 1958. Like the Class 128, it was built for parcels traffic. M55997 survived...
British Rail Departmental Test Coach Iris

British Rail Departmental Test Coach Iris

Iris was originally built as a two-car Derby Lightweight DMU in 1954 and was later converted into two single cars for use on the Buckingham branch. It was used by the R&DD for radio survey work and also general testing and was originally painted in the...
British Rail Departmental Test Unit Gemini

British Rail Departmental Test Unit Gemini

Gemini was originally built as a two-car Derby Lightweight Battery EMU in 1958. After being withdrawn from service in 1966 and put in storage, it was transferred to departmental use as test train “Gemini” (or Lab 16) for use at the Railway Technical...