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British Railways Class 489 GLV 9101

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GLV (48)9101 (68500). Class 489 Gatwick Luggage Van.

This vehicle was purchased by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway from the Porterbrook Leasing Company in December 2003 and has been in our care since that date. It is now a museum vehicle.

The vehicle was built as a “2HAP” Motor Brake Second Coach at Eastleigh in Hampshire by British Railways and delivered in August 1959 for phase 1 of the Kent Coast Electrification.

It went directly into service in green livery, later with a small yellow panel on the cab end from about 1964 until being painted blue with yellow ends by about 1970. From late 1980, 2HAP units began being painted blue and grey. It was used on all the routes in Kent covered by the South Eastern Division of British Railways but probably also roamed much further afield as 2HAP units were frequently loaned between the three Southern Region Divisions at times of stock shortages. The unit was withdrawn from traffic in 1982 and after a short period in use as an additional load for driver's training trips, was stored at Eastleigh Marshalling Yard awaiting rebuilding in the works as a Gatwick Express Guards Luggage Van. This took place from 24 May 1983, and this GLV (9101) was the first in the series. It was then based at Stewarts Lane Depot for use on the rail-air service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport (Gatwick Express) until withdrawn from that front line service in 2002.

9101 was leading the Gatwick Express train which collided with a slow moving commuter train whilst working the 1D91 09:20 Gatwick to Victoria service on 31st May 1985 at Battersea Park in London, injuring 104 people. The vehicle was later repaired and returned to service, however accident damage is still apparent to this day with the underframe being out of shape. Damage to internal ceilings and side panels was also evident when the vehicle arrived although these issues have subsequently been remedied.

Contributors to this vehicle’s purchase were: Richard Buckby, Tom Birtwistle, Peter Godfrey, Alpha Audio Visual (Video makers), Chris Beale, Colin Blower, Gary Henshaw, Colin Davies, Paul and Jean Croughton, George Watson.
Builder: British Railways, Eastleigh Built: 1959
Class or Type: Gatwick Luggage Van Works No:
Weight: 38 T Running No: 9101
Brake Type: Air Operational Status: Museum Vehicle
Owner: WyvernRail Plc Arrived: --/12/03
Remarks: Modified by British Railways Engineering Ltd, Eastleigh 1983
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