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977975 & 977976 - Severn Tunnel emergency train units 960302 & 960303

Photo of 977975 & 977976 at Severn Tunnel Junction

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  • Severn Tunnel Junction
  • 17 March 2006
  • © Kevin Dancer

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  • Ben

    23 March 2006, 23:42:15

    This well-timed photo shows the two newly converted units being shunted from their former home within the fenced compound to the cripple siding at the top of the yard. What does this mean for the future of these units? It is thought they may already be redundant in favour of road rail vehicles...

  • Okotokspaul

    30 March 2006, 12:58:55

    Is the third coach from the emergency train at Sudbrook? Will all the above vehicles go on for scrap/preservation??

  • Ben

    30 March 2006, 20:45:36

    It is at Sudbrook yes - 975497. The other question I can't answer I'm afraid!!

  • Robin

    1 April 2006, 16:39:12

    Word on the street says that a small fleet of 6 wheel 'gator' road rail vehicles (made by John Deere) will be used instead as they can be deployed instantly

    to see what they look like visit www.deere.com/en

    second picture down but with rail conversion....

  • Ben Williams

    14 December 2007, 22:41:16

    All due to move next week - bubble cars to Long Marston for further storage and possible sale (?) other two coaches for scrap at Sims, Newport. Tank to Thompsons, Stockton.

  • ian saunders

    14 December 2007, 23:16:39

    so what will be used for the severn tunnel emergency train now then

  • Ben Williams

    14 December 2007, 23:28:23

    You'll just have to run fast. Actually - as the comment says above - I believe there are several road-rail John Deere Gators locked in a little shed somewhere.

  • Pete Burns

    5 April 2011, 12:32:49

    I was one of the team at BluePrint Rail of Belper (now Lloyds Rail register) which designed the interior and exterior conversion of these railcars.The basis of the interior was 8 tables where stretchers could be placed whilst patients were treated.

    The wide roller shutter doors were for stretcher access, and the flat rectangular areas on the bodyside next to these doors were fold-down ramps.There were fluorescent lamps along the solebar and also 2 powerful spot lamps in each destination box.

    In addition there was a diesel generator set inside the body near to one end - in the picture you can see the air intake grilles just behind the cab door.

    The conversion work from Class 121 was at Pete Waterman's LNWR at Crewe.


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