During my time working for the DM&EE Test Section, I conducted the ‘Type Tests’ on B445WPO in August 1985. Static tests were carried out at the RTC Derby followed by ride and braking tests on the British Rail Research operated test line between Egginton Junction and Mickleover. More details about this and other plant testing in the 1980s and 90s can be found in my book about ‘Rail Vehicle Testing’ ISBN- 9781999935603.
Now now Tony! - I am pretty sure you didn't see this today as most of the Quattro mewps that were in yard yesterday disappeared back underground last night! Only 1127 and 1128 left today. #sightingspolice are watching! :)
No.720 said to be ex CIE in a siding by the Cavan & Leitrim Railway. Said to have been here over 10 years and heavily cannibalised. Photographed from the running line of preserved railway. Was told no other access
The main physical change is the semi-permanent coupler between the lead and centre cars. Virtually all other changes are to software.
The cab of the centre car (although redundant) will not be removed or converted, as this gives flexibility to remove the centre car and use it elsewhere in the fleet (in the event of another car being damaged).
This Ballast Packer is still on site, but cannot be used at the moment. After BP062 had gone for scrap, it was found that someone had stolen the starter motor for BP063, so consequently, it is sidelined until another starter motor can be acquired.