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    UKP: BR Multiple Unit 122

    Diesel Unit

    Class 122 Gloucester RCW Bubble Car

    The British Rail Class 122 diesel mechanical multiple units were built by Gloucester RC&W in 1958. Twenty single-car, double-ended driving motor vehicles, nicknamed "Bubble Cars", were built, numbered 55000–55019. These were supplemented by nine single-ended trailer vehicles, numbered 56291–56299

    The Class 122s were built mainly for use on the London Midland Region of British Railways, although some were also used in Scotland. They were used on a variety of lightly used lines, many of which were closed during the Beeching Axe in the 1960s including the ex-LSWR lines in West Devon and North Cornwall. Routes served included the Stourbridge Town and St Albans Abbey branch lines, as well as local services between Dundee and Arbroath. (The similar Pressed Steel Company built Class 121 single units were also used on the Western Region).

    During the 1990s, refurbished Class 122 units were used on the Cornish branches between Liskeard and Looe and St Erth and St Ives.

    8 cars have been preserved.

    Builder Gloucester
    Introduced 1958
    Length 19.52m
    Width 2.82m
    Height 3.86m
    Withdrawn 1995
    Power 110kW
    Weight 36.58t
    Transmission Mechanical
    Max Speed 70mph
    Number Altnumber Status Note Livery Depot Location Base Owner In Service
    122019 975042960015T00755019 S DMBS NRL PR Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway LMM UK70/122
    55000 122100P100 A DMBS GRN PR South Devon Railway PRE 17/05/58 UK70/122
    55003 W55003 A DMBS GRN PR Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway CDR UK70/122
    55006 A DMBS GRN PR Wirksworth Ecclesbourne Valley Railway PRE UK70/122
    55009 A DMBS GRN PR Great Central Railway PRE UK70/122
    55012 977941 A DMBS GRN PR Weardale Railway PRE UK70/122
    M55005 55005 A DMBS BLG PR Battlefield Line BLG UK70/122
    W55001 DB975023L101 A DMBS BRB BQ East Lancashire Railway PRE 17/05/58 UK70/122