"DCC Installation Service Available."
Heljan Class 128 DPU in BR Blue with Small Yellow Panels and Midland Style Fronts 8992
Class: 128 Diesel Parcels Unit
Era 6: 1967-1971
BR Corporate Blue
DCC Ready: 21 Pin Decoder
5 Pole Motor
A Brief History
A few years ago, when British Rail refused to transport your writer's beloved bicycle your writer wrote to complain. He got a rather dismissive reply to the effect that the railways no longer saw carriage of bicycles as an obligation, any more than they felt the need to carry "hens, chickens and other livestock". Your writer responded by saying he could not see how the need to carry bicycles would lead to an explosion of livestock being brought on to the railways etc etc... but the correspondence got nowhere. Built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Works and introduced in 1959, ten of this class appeared in service for the carriage of mail, parcels and bicycles. They were in effect diesel multiple units without seating and operated largely in the West Midlands and along the Thames Valley. The last was withdrawn in 1991, and none have been preserved.