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Class 126 Swindon Inter-City DMU

News Archive 2018

51043 left outside Shelter for several months this year

Despite its significance in Scottish railway, DMU and engineering contexts and the money spent on its restoration, one, sometimes two, DMU cars seem to be the first choice to be moved out of the shelter built to protect them when there is pressure on covered accommodation elsewhere at Bo’ness. We realise that there will be some occasions when it will have to spend some time outside but 51043 has spent a lot of time exposed to the weather since the shelter was built. It is currently spending more than 229 days outside this year (80% of the year so far).

Since the shelter was opened in 2011, 51043 has spent more than 660 days outside, exposed to the weather. Not what you would call protected, as implied in the SRPS appeal in 2010.

2018 Running Dates Announced

The Class 126 DMU, subject to availability, is scheduled to operating the last Bo'ness and Kinneil train service at 15.35 on the following dates:

19th & 20th May

9th & 10th June

21st & 22nd July

1st, 15th & 16th September

20th & 21st October

DMU Driver Training

In February the first DMU training day of the year was held for SRPS volunteer drivers and guards. The Class 126 also carried a SPCA Animal Rescue Officer responding to an emergency call about an injured badger spotted on the railway embankment. Another training day was held on March 18th. Video by Alex Livingstone.

From the Archives

On 10/10/10 the Ayrshire set could be found stabled in the railtour sidings at Bo'ness.

Work for the Sole

Good progress is being made cleaning and painting the solebar and underframing components. It's easy and satisfying work. Want to help?