by Phil Marsh

For sale – Class 121 Bubble car and former Royal Mail carriages

Published:16th March 2015

Sold – UK wagon fleet

A piece of railway history is being offered for sale by Arriva in the shape of a Class 121 ‘Bubblecar’ Single Diesel Unit No. 55032/121032. The sale is being handled by Chiltern Railways who is storing the train at Aylesbury.

The single carriage train is offered for sale as seen and is registered for operational mainline passenger use being fitted with an OTMR data recorder, TPWS and AWS safety systems. It is also partially fitted with the GSM-R radio communications system and the vehicle was in mechanically sound condition when last operated, reportedly a few months ago.

Anyone interested in the purchase must go to Chiltern’s Aylesbury Train Maintenance depot (max 2 persons per visit) and if wishing to inspect the Unit, must be fit and able to walk on track ballast and climb up over a meter and a half into the train.

The small print…….

The unit is sold as seen and the successful buyer will pay in full before taking possession of it which could be by collecting it by rail from Aylesbury or by lorry from the Tyseley Locomotive works near Birmingham.

Chiltern Railways reserves the right not to sell the train and not to accept the highest offer if sold and potential purchasers should note that the train is 50 years old and was recently operational so will contain hazardous substances such as oils, fuel, coolant and grease and possibly, asbestos. This was removed from the floor area while being prepared for re-entering passenger service but 100% removal is not guaranteed.

Therefore it may not be compliant with current legislation and any prospective buyer will need to ensure they have adequate controls in place for asbestos and other hazardous materials.

As with such sales, the vendor, in this case Chiltern Railways will not accept any liability with any discrepancies found.

Contact details

Vehicle is for sale by tender. Offers to be emailed to Chiltern Railways' Head of Technical Services Simon Jarrett by 12:00 Monday 30th March 2015 . (Item added 22/2/15)

West Coast Railways to dispose of surplus former Post Office NAA and NKA stock

The West Coast Railway company has told that it has some surplus to requirements former Rail Express Systems NAA and NKA former parcels and post office carriages for sale stored at Carnforth and Hellifield. The NAA have a driving cab fitted at one end so could be used for trains being powered from thebtrailing end.

These are in essence empty carriages fitted with roller doors making them ideal for preserved railway use as a mobile stores or tools and equipment vans. They are also potentially convertible for passenger or parcels use after a lot of work.

Contact West Coast Railways via for more information.

Rolling Stock leasing company Eversholt Rail sells freight wagon Fleet

One sale that was completed in March was made by Eversholt who disposed of their 920 wagons and 63 load unit vehicles. These ranged from container flats and autoballasters to coal and aggregate hoppers and box wagons.

They said:

Mary Kenny, Chief Executive of Eversholt Rail Group, said: "We are delighted to have reached this sale agreement with Nacco (U.K.). They are highly experienced operators and will provide a very good home for our freight wagon fleet.

The sale will enable us to redeploy resources and focus on our core activities of leasing passenger rolling stock and freight locomotives.”

Dan DiStefano, President of Nacco, A CIT Company, said: "Eversholt Rail is an industry leader in the UK Market and has built a reputation based on strong rail expertise and a deep understanding of the needs of its customers.

They have done a tremendous job building strong relationships with their customers and we remain committed to exceptional customer service and maintaining a first class fleet as we expand our presence in the European market.”

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