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BR coach 17145
Also allocated 977837 - Scrapped - Booths, Rotherham 11/08


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  • 6900 interior

    10 October 2005 - Okotokspaul

    Seems in reasonable condition inside apart from the odd bit of pigeon s***- Are these 2 coaches for disposal or is vegetation going to cover them??

  • 6900 interior

    5 February 2008 - Tony Rispoli

    Still there in Feb 2008 I believe, presumably even worse for wear!!!

  • 6900

    10 May 2008 - Jon Horswell

    When were these vehicles converted for use as Sandites but more importantly does anyone know if they ever saw use as such as judging by the sightings they have been dumped at Cambridge for the last 8 years.

  • 6900

    19 May 2008 - rob

    6900 (ex 14145 / db977837) and 6901 (ex 14142/17142) were converted in 1993 for Intercity West Coast, 6900 operating from Edge Hill Liverpool and Crewe, 6901 operating from Wembley Intercity depot and Euston downside, both until 1997.

    With seats removed a large hopper was fitted together with pump and various tubes to allow sandite to be laid on each railhead.

    A small cement mixer was fitted wher4 a member of (railtrack) staff would mix dry sand and tubs of 'traction gel' (wallpaper paste) together to nake sandite, then manually load this into the hopper. The pump being turned on at various places on the route.

    Whilst more common dmu bubble cars did the same thing on the WCML based from Bletchley, these sandite coaches had to run circuits that did not involve running round, hauled by an AC electric loco.

    Operating in the small hours before start of normal service these out and back operations ran until 1996.

    Why they carried passenger series numbers is unclear.


  • 6900

    20 May 2008 - Jon Horswell

    Thankyou Rob. Always nice to find out operational information.

  • 6900

    21 May 2008 - Ben Williams

    Indeed - thanks for the info. I'm sure a lot of people will find it interesting. Background to any vehicles is always appreciated from anyone who worked with them as it is often a mystery to "outsiders" what goes on inside...

  • 6900

    26 October 2008 - Ben Williams

    Scrapped at Booths this week. 6901 remains intact for the time being...

  • 6900 / 977837

    26 September 2009 - Ben Williams

    A rare shot of this coach in action! Simeon tells me 977837 was visible under the paintwork next to the 6900.

  • 6900 / 977837

    28 September 2009 - rick pike

    what was this coach used for, brake force runner for test trains?

  • 6900 / 977837

    28 September 2009 - rick pike

    oh dear i should go to spec savers! just seen what it said after the coach number. was it/is it unique? is it still in one piece?

  • 6900 / 977837

    29 September 2009 - Ben Williams

    Better keep that Specsavers appointment Rick! Check out the search box at the top right, type in 6900 and all will be revealed! ;)