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BR coach 21263
Stored OOU at York Klondyke sidings by 7/17. Moved to Nemesis Rail Burton on Trent by 5/18

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975xxx series
Network Rail Test Trains


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Burton-upon-Trent - Nemesis Rail** *** ****Ben Williams
** *** ****Michael Simpson
Derby RTC** *** ****G Goswell
Burton-upon-Trent - Nemesis Rail2019-06-07Peter Wreford
York Klondyke Sidings2017-07-22Lee Taylor

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  • 975280

    3 May 2004 - Ben

    This now forms part of the structure gauging train with 975081, 460000, 977985 and 977986

  • 975280

    23 November 2004 - Ben Williams

    Mercury - a former Southern Region passenger coach, modified to take laboratory equipment, a 25KVA diesel generator and catering facilities for the technical staff.

    Used in the transponder research investigating methods of track-train communication, leading to the development of the Control APT (C-APT) System.

    During 1974 the test coach was hitched to any convenient train operating between London and Birmingham, travelling over this route three times a day, it allowed the initial transponders performance to be analysed.

    Thanks to info from

  • 975280

    11 July 2006 - Malcolm Muir

    The coach is a BCK. First and Second compartments with two toilets. One at the Second class end and the second at the First class end and before the door and brake compartment.

  • 975280

    17 July 2017 - Simon Bendall

    Now reported as stored at York Klondyke Sidings with 975081.

  • 31 December 2018 - Brianreginald Storey

    Is DB975280 still at York or been sold

  • 1 January 2019 - Peter Hall

    Possibly still at York along with DB975081 but if so the lack of sightings suggest they are tucked away in Holgate Works.

    However I do believe two carriages were moved from York to Burton-upon-Trent in the latter half of 2017 and have never been sure as to their identities.

    Thus quite possible DB975081 and DB975280 are at Burton-upon-Trent now.

  • 6 January 2019 - Simon Bendall

    They're round the back at Burton, eg