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Class 141 55505-55525-York-030687 GE

Class 141 55505-55525-York-030687 GE

The class 141 Leyland DMUs were arguably the most rudimentary multiple units constructed for use on the B.R. national network, but York station looks no less majestic with one in its presence. Unrebuilt unit 141003 (55505-55525) forms a Selby service as a TPO service stands in the up plarform 3 during the late evening of 3 June 1987. As older units were becoming life-expired, BR engineers appraised the Leyland National bus, then in widespread usage and with a basic modular design, as a basis for a cost-effective DMU solution. Several single and two car prototypes were built and tested before an order was ultimately placed in 1984 with Leyland Bus for twenty class 141 two car units. The 141s were notoriously unreliable, but reliability improved when they were modified by Hunslet-Barclay between 1988 and 1989. They were based mainly in and across West Yorkshire on routes radiating from Leeds, where they worked up until 1997, when finally replaced by class 142s. Sponsored by West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, they were initially painted in the PTE's Verona green and buttermilk livery with "MetroTrain" branding, as in this photograph, but later received the red and cream "Metro-Train" livery.This unit along with eleven other units were exported to Iran. They operated in the UK for 14 years, and in Iran its lifespan was just 8 years, a total lifespan of 22 years for an extremely basic and rough-riding vehicle. ©www.railphotoprints.co.uk - Gordon Edgar