55031 West Drayton 22 June 1991

An odd combination at West Drayton on 22 June 1991 that proves the usefulness of the first generation DMUs. 55031 (L131) has been made into a three car set with the addition of a Class 101 DTCL and a Class 117 DMBS. It is pictured on the up fast line with the 12:10 Reading to Paddington Network SouthEast service. This train is an all stations service as far as Slough, from where it becomes non-stop to Paddington. Due to the closure of the relief lines just east of this point for engineering works, this Class 121/101/117 DMU lash up has been let out onto the main line to rattle its way to the capital at 70 mph in a gap between the HSTs!