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Keywords:53812, 53355, class 105, class 100, Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Co, Cravens, Manchester Victoria, DMU, N699, Newton Heath, 100's
Class 100 53355 Manchester Victoria 170286 GE355

Class 100 53355 Manchester Victoria 170286 GE355

The last Class 100 in passenger service M53355, paired with the last class 105 Cravens unit in service, M53812 at Manchester Victoria on 17 February 1986. This Newton Heath-allocated unit at the time was I believe the last BR DMU to carry a traditoinal tail lamp, as seen in this view, in place of marker lights. They were at one time earmarked for preservation by the National Railway Museum, probably the reason why they remained in service for so long after the other class members had been withdrawn, but a change of policy at the museum saw them consigned for scrap. They had a brief spell of fame, achieving celebrity status due to their survival long after other class 100 and 105 units.