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Bubble Car to stay on the main line


Both of the Class 121 bubble Cars recently taken out of service by Chiltern Railways have found a secure future, with one destined for main line use as a route learner and the other for a career in preservation.

Blue-liveried 121020 (55020) is moving to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway where it is to be used in heritage passenger service.  It will become the tenth member of its class to enter preservation.  Meanwhile, green-liveried 121034 (55034) has been bought by LNWR Heritage at Crewe and is to be used as a main line route learner.  It will join classmate and former Sandite unit 55022, which went to Crewe a year ago.

Both units travelled under their own power from Aylesbury to Tyseley on October 13 for onward movement to their new homes.

Class 121 bubble Cars 55020 and 55034 form the 5T01 Aylesbury to Tyseley ECS near Dorridge on October 13. (Photo Chris Morrison)

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