British Rail Class 128

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British Rail Class 128
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55993 at Peterborough in the Late 1980s in Post Office Red Livery. Gangways have been removed.
In service 1959–1990
Manufacturer Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company
Order no.
  • 30551 (55991-55996)
  • 30552 (55987-55990)[1]
Constructed 1959-1960[2]
Entered service 1959[3]
Number built 10
Number scrapped All
Formation Single car:
DMPMV[2]
Diagram
  • DX501 or BR643
  • DX502 or BR644[4]
Fleet numbers 55987-55996[5]
Capacity Luggage space only[3]
Operator(s) British Rail
Depot(s)
Specifications
Car body construction Steel[4]
Car length 64 ft 6 18 in (19.663 m) (over body)[4]
Width 9 ft (2.7 m) (over body at waist)[4]
Height 12 ft 8 14 in (3.867 m) (over vents)[4]
Floor height 4 ft 3 716 in (1.307 m)[4]
Doors Slam for cab, sliding for luggage[3]
Wheelbase
  • 46 ft 6 in (14.17 m) (bogie centres)
  • 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) (bogies)[4]
Maximum speed 70 mph (110 km/h)[4]
Weight
  • 41.5 tonnes (40.8 long tons; 45.7 short tons) (Diagram DX501)
  • 40.5 tonnes (39.9 long tons; 44.6 short tons) (Diagram DX502)[4]
Prime mover(s) 2 × 230 hp (170 kW) Leyland Albion RE901[4][6]
Engine type Diesel
Cylinder count 6 (horizontal)[4]
Power output 460 hp (340 kW)[3]
Transmission Mechanical[4]
Train heating Oil burning air heater[4]
UIC classification Bo'Bo'
Bogies Derby[6]
Braking system(s) Vacuum[4]
Safety system(s) AWS[4]
Coupling system Screw[4]
Multiple working Blue Square[4]
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

British Rail Class 128 was a class of diesel multiple unit, built for British Rail. Introduced in 1959, ten of the class were built by Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, each with two 230 hp British United Traction - Albion engines.[7] The class was built specifically for parcels, fitted out with parcel racks and bike storage at each end, and did not feature any passenger accommodation. The last members of the class were withdrawn in 1991, and none were preserved.

Numbering[edit]

Table of orders and numbers
Lot No. Type Diagram Qty Fleet numbers Notes
30551 Gangwayed Motor Parcels Van 643 or DX501 6 W55991–W55996
30552 Non-gangwayed Motor Prcels Van 644 or DX502 4 M55987–M55990

References[edit]

  1. ^ Longworth 2015, p. 366
  2. ^ a b c Fox 1987, p. 40
  3. ^ a b c d "Class 128". The Railway Centre. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Vehicle Diagram Book No. 220 for Diesel Multiple Unit Trains (Railcars) (PDF). Barrowmore MRG. Derby: British Railways Board. 1982. DX501, DX502. 
  5. ^ "Class 128 Gloucester RC&W Parcel DMU Cars: Numbering". Railcar.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Class 128 Gloucester RC&W Parcel DMU Cars: Description". Railcar.co.uk. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Ian Allan ABC of British Railways locomotives, winter 1962/3 edition, page 289

Sources[edit]

  • Fox, Peter (1987). Multiple Unit Pocket Book. British Railways Pocket Book No.2 (Summer/Autumn 1987 ed.). Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0906579740. OCLC 613347580. 
  • Longworth, Hugh (2015). British Railways Electric Multiple Units to 1975. Oxford Publishing Co. ISBN 9780860936688. OCLC 923205678. 

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