P872 Aller 7 December 1988

P872 (53247 & 53646) rattles past Aller with the 12:45 Exmouth to Paignton service on 7 December 1988. An interesting route for a local service, from one seaside resort to a another, requiring a reversal at Exeter St Davids. Laira's P872 was one of the many 'lash up' DMU sets formed in the late 1980s, in this case made up of two entirely different classes. While the lead vehicle here (53247) is a Metro Cammel Class 101, the second vehicle is a BR Class 108! In this form P872 had a comparatively short life, with 53247 being withdrawn in late 1990 and cut up at Meyer Newman at Snailwell, while 53646 soldiered on for a couple more years until eventually being scrapped at Gwent Demolition in May 1992.