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.
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
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.
On 10/10/10 the Ayrshire set could be found stabled in the railtour sidings at Bo'ness.
Good progress is being made cleaning and painting the solebar and underframing components. It's easy and satisfying work. Want to help?