Sunday, 4 May 2014

The burned out coach from 7204, 1974 to 1988

Further to the item published yesterday, Chris Finch has supplied this picture from April 1988 at Eastleigh of the burned out motor car 61871 from 4-CEP unit 7204, adjacent to a former South Tyneside 2-EPB. I believe that this was seen at Strawberry Hill, Basingstoke, Micheldever and then Eastleigh over a number of years, before eventual disposal.

Updated 06May: Two images from the collection of David Mant

Micheldever, 8th May 1974
Basingstoke, 12th September 1985. This is how I recall it, looking like a pick-up truck.

Updated 15th September 2017.

A further picture on Flickr.

A note from David Nolan:

"I had seen the same one in 1990 ,back then I was a Southampton Yard shunter & there had been a number of  class 9 unfitted scrap coaching stock movements mostly from Eastleigh East Yard and one from the dis-used East Grimstead china clay sidings near Dean.

"So I had a look back at some of the paperwork I have from that period and I found it. It was sent on 9X42 23:07 Eastleigh East Yard - Southampton Up Yard 31st March 1990 with DEMU motor coaches 60121 [ex 204002]  & 60143 [ex 207018] with brakevan ADS56289, hauled by 33030
for sending to Vic Berry's."

61871            - withdrawn June 1971, broken up V Berry, Leicester, April 1990
60121            - withdrawn February 1980, broken up V Berry, Leicester, March 1990 (according to Ashley Butlin's book, may have been April)
60143            - withdrawn September 1987, broken up V Berry, Leicester, April 1990
ADS56298    - preserved at Swanage
33030            - in pool AWCX (WCRC Non Operational Locomotives), stored at Carnforth

Does anyone have any further images?