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Old 19th April 2017, 22:27   #106
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It was nice for them to wait for the late running 68 too for anyone needing the connection.
They normally do with sometimes even sending the 68 wrong road into P2 to connect to the bubble.
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Old 20th April 2017, 19:29   #107
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It was nice for them to wait for the late running 68 too for anyone needing the connection.
Indeed and something I've appreciated on a regular basis as the 17:21 invariably picks up delays given the lengthy dwell times caused by that rake of Mk3 slam door stock...
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Old 21st April 2017, 11:38   #108
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Official confirmation...

https://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/n...nt-bubble-cars

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The affectionately named ‘Bubble Cars’, that run on the Chiltern Railways line between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury, are due to make their last journey on the Chiltern Railways route on Friday 19 May.

First brought into service in Britain in 1960, the two heritage class 121 trains were purchased by Chiltern Railways in 2003 and have serviced the 18-minute journey from Princes Risborough to Monks Risborough, Little Kimble and Aylesbury ever since. As single carriage trains, they are recognisable for their small size and open environment allowing customers to see ahead through the front windows of the train.

Famed for being the last remaining trains in service that use vacuum brakes, the time has come where the ongoing maintenance of these classic trains is increasing and the decision has been to take them out of service. Both trains will be on sale following their retirement and the number of services running daily across the route will remain unchanged.

Matthew Prosser, Engineering Director at Chiltern Railways says:
“We will be sad to see these trains go has they are a part of railway history and some customers even make special journeys to travel on them. However, the changes are necessary due to the age of the vehicles and we will ultimately be providing a more comfortable service for our customers.”

A small farewell will be held on the last day of the service for the Bubble Cars. Details will be announced in due course.
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Old 21st April 2017, 12:46   #109
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I don't know why they can't do a 'farewell' on the following Saturday, 20th May. I know the bubble cars need a guard who otherwise wouldn't be needed, but for a one-off they could arrange it - perhaps hae the bubble car run all day (as the current peak hours only operation makes it difficult to get cheap tickets to get to the area for anyone further afield). I think they did such a thing in 2010 for their 50th anniversary or something?
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Old 21st April 2017, 14:49   #110
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I don't know why they can't do a 'farewell' on the following Saturday, 20th May. I know the bubble cars need a guard who otherwise wouldn't be needed, but for a one-off they could arrange it - perhaps hae the bubble car run all day (as the current peak hours only operation makes it difficult to get cheap tickets to get to the area for anyone further afield). I think they did such a thing in 2010 for their 50th anniversary or something?
The farewell tour was on Sunday 9th April. As we run into the forthcoming month, Wembley Stadium has special events almost every weekend.
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Old 23rd April 2017, 20:56   #111
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Must get up there for a trip
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Old 23rd April 2017, 21:58   #112
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Wish they would have a proper sendoff on the 20th May.
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Old 5th May 2017, 20:35   #113
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Evening peaks are usually quieter than morning peaks. I'd be surprised if you didn't get a seat on the last trip of the day. When I went recently on a Wednesday (IIRC) we did get a seat, even arriving at the last minute.
Thanks for the reply. On your advice I decided to try the evening, aiming for the 18:06 PRR to AYS with a fallback plan of waiting around for a later trip if that was too busy. Having boarded with plenty of time to spare, I got a seat on the 18:06 last night just fine although by the time it pulled out it most seats had been taken by fellow enthusiasts. I also did the 0849 AYS to PRR (this morning) and there were only a few of us on board. All in all a very successful trip. With very few 'normals' on board, I wonder ig the number of carriages is likely to equal the number of passengers on occassion when the 121s have gone.

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I'm a Chiltern season ticket holder and regularly travel on these. I'll miss the well sprung seats and the puzzled looks on people faces at Princes Risborough when confronted with a 50+ year old train displaying the Pwllheli etc. on the blind. My commute will certainly be a duller one when they're gone but appreciate not all the lines regulars feel the same...
So, there's Pwllheli on the blinds as well. I wonder what the full range of destinations available on the blinds are; this morning it was showing Machynlleth at one end and Llandudno at the other? I assume it was a unit last used in north Wales which does not have AYS and PRR available on the blinds.
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Thanks for the reply. On your advice I decided to try the evening, aiming for the 18:06 PRR to AYS with a fallback plan of waiting around for a later trip if that was too busy. Having boarded with plenty of time to spare, I got a seat on the 18:06 last night just fine although by the time it pulled out it most seats had been taken by fellow enthusiasts. I also did the 0849 AYS to PRR (this morning) and there were only a few of us on board. All in all a very successful trip. With very few 'normals' on board, I wonder ig the number of carriages is likely to equal the number of passengers on occassion when the 121s have gone.

So, there's Pwllheli on the blinds as well. I wonder what the full range of destinations available on the blinds are; this morning it was showing Machynlleth at one end and Llandudno at the other? I assume it was a unit last used in north Wales which does not have AYS and PRR available on the blinds.
Someone with more knowledge may correct me if I'm wrong, but 121034 was previously owned by the Birmingham Railway Museum, who presumably fitted the destination blind, as it does have destinations relevant to that place on it. Presumably for authenticity, they fitted a blind that, besides those stations, also has all sorts of destinations that the units would really have worked to on it — many in Wales, many on the Great Western, and plenty of other peculiar ones. It certainly wouldn't have been a blind fitted when it was in "real" passenger service, as it has such a variety of destinations as to be ridiculous for that!

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Someone with more knowledge may correct me if I'm wrong, but 121034 was previously owned by the Birmingham Railway Museum, who presumably fitted the destination blind, as it does have destinations relevant to that place on it. Presumably for authenticity, they fitted a blind that, besides those stations, also has all sorts of destinations that the units would really have worked to on it — many in Wales, many on the Great Western, and plenty of other peculiar ones. It certainly wouldn't have been a blind fitted when it was in "real" passenger service, as it has such a variety of destinations as to be ridiculous for that!
Sounds like a blind I have from the late 80s I bought at collectors corner.

I assumed it was a standard Tyseley DMU blind. It basically has all the Birmingham suburban destinations plus places further afield that were probably irregularly visited but not unheard of when Tyseley was the major regional DMU depot and stock wasn't allocated to small geographic franchises. It definitely has destinations as far afield as Bristol, Cardiff, Reading, Norwich, Holyhead, Skegness and others in addition to those mentioned above. There are articles on the web mentioning Tyseley DMU diagrams that took them to both Skegness and Aberystwyth. It's definitely authentic as I bought it direct from BR.

I'll find it tomorrow and look.

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It's a shame they won't have a proper last day on the 20th May not all of us can afford the peak time fair I hope they release that!
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It's a shame they won't have a proper last day on the 20th May not all of us can afford the peak time fair I hope they release that!
I'm not sure they're too fussed to be honest mate
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The unit should be running during the daytime on May 19th. In any case, those who can't afford the peak fare have 2 weeks to save up their pocket money.
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Sounds like a blind I have from the late 80s I bought at collectors corner.

I assumed it was a standard Tyseley DMU blind. It basically has all the Birmingham suburban destinations plus places further afield that were probably irregularly visited but not unheard of when Tyseley was the major regional DMU depot and stock wasn't allocated to small geographic franchises. It definitely has destinations as far afield as Bristol, Cardiff, Reading, Norwich, Holyhead, Skegness and others in addition to those mentioned above. There are articles on the web mentioning Tyseley DMU diagrams that took them to both Skegness and Aberystwyth. It's definitely authentic as I bought it direct from BR.

I'll find it tomorrow and look.
I've seen the unit displaying West Midlands destinations such as Shirley and Four Oaks so imagine that it's one of those Tyseley blinds.
Slightly off topic but I spent my pocket money on one of those exact blinds from Collectors Corner too. Having sold it last year on ebay for over £100 made me wish I'd purchased more!
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I've seen the unit displaying West Midlands destinations such as Shirley and Four Oaks so imagine that it's one of those Tyseley blinds.
Slightly off topic but I spent my pocket money on one of those exact blinds from Collectors Corner too. Having sold it last year on ebay for over £100 made me wish I'd purchased more!
The blinds fitted to 121034 are not BR originals, they were fitted when the unit was based at the museum.
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