QVV DB 977229 - Weedkilling Train Spray van

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BR NPCCS 80725
Scrapped - Booths, Rotherham 12/88

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York Leeman Road** *** ****Roger Harris
York CCE Depot** *** ****Phil Whitehouse
York Leeman Road** *** ****Paul Walter Bartlett
York Leeman Road1987-03-15Roger Harris
York1985-07-07Brian Cuttell
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  • 15 February 2024 - Stephen Kinsey

    The weedkilling train on 9th May 1984 consisted of 80861 975379 977016 977015 and 88001 (977229) hauled by class 31 31441.

  • 19 February 2024 - Ben Williams

    The 88001 number is puzzling me here... anyone?

  • 19 February 2024 - John Hall

    1988 Track Machines by Roger Butcher p74 references the number 88001 as allocated to the ER Weedkilling train. [Presumed in total rather than then any individual vehicle]. 977229 was a Mark One BG 80725

  • 13 March 2024 - Stephen Kinsey

    Searching the web for the BR Weedkilling Train revealed the following information from the RCTS.

    By 1983 the BR/NER/ER Weedkilling Train was formed of Staff and Dormitory Coach DB975379, Stores Vans DB977015 & DB977016, Spray Coach DE320995 (converted from Gresley Open Brake Third BTO 16551 and five tank wagons.

    The two Stores Vans had replaced former BR Fish Vans DB975387 & DB975388 in c1981. In c1984 DE320995 was replaced with a new Spray Coach DB977229. The train was allocated CEPS number 88001 and taken out of use in 1988.

    My notes show I noted 88001, it must have been on 977229 as I didn't record that number.

    What's confusing is the UK & Ireland Heritage Railways Carriage Survey has 88001 as a later number for DE320995, (now preserved at Colne Valley Railway).