53355 PRE 12/11/88
BR First Generation DMUs.
CLASS 100: 40 DMBS-DTCL 2-car sets built by the Gloucester Carriage and Wagon Company became class 100. 53355, seen here as set N699 at Preston on 12th November 1988 was the last survivor by virtue of having had asbestos insulation removed. It was paired with the last surviving Cravens class 105. Most of the class 100s were new to Leith, but 50355 (as delivered, renumbering was in 1984) itself was allocated to Llandudno Junction when new in September 1957. Always a LM allocated vehicle, it was a familiar sight at Preston in my youth. Formal withdrawal came from Newton Heath depot, Manchester, in June 1989 though it had been out of use since the March. It had been scrapped by Vic Berry, Leicester, by October 1990.
I do not have photographs of class 103 (Park Royal), class 106 (Cravens variant), class 109 (Wickham), classes 112 and 113 (Cravens), classes 123 and 124 (Trans-Pennine), class 125 (Rolls Royce Suburban), class 126 (Inter-City), class 127 (Bedpan) and classes 128 and 129 (Cravens Parcels units).