‘Bubblecar’ moves to Bodmin base

ONE of the last two Chiltern Railways Class 121 ‘Bubblecars’ has been acquired by the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Trust.

No. 121020 (55020) was delivered to Bodmin General from Tyseley on October 20.

No. 121020 delivered by low loader to Bodmin General on October 20. C Miller/BWR

Along with sister vehicle No. 121034 (55034) it was withdrawn from Chiltern service on May 19.

They were the last first-generation DMU vehicles to remain in main line passenger operation, dedicated to the Aylesbury to Princes Risborough peak-hour services.

They were also the last vacuum-braked trains in regular operation on the network.

No. 121020 will be fully integrated into the 2018 timetable, and has been hailed as a very useful addition to the Cornish heritage line’s fleet. It will retain its current livery for the foreseeable future.

Its arrival, however, has rendered the line’s Class 108 Derby Lightweight DMU surplus to requirements.

Any parties interested in buying it are invited to contact railway manager
Chris Hatton on 01208 73555 or email chris.hatton@bodminrailway.co.uk.

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