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Class 122 - W55003 'Bubble Car'

Our 'Bubble Car' Class 122 - W55003 purchased in March 2011

About the Class 122 – W55003

Undisputedly the pride of the fleet, W55003 is ideally suited to The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and in fact operated some of the last passenger services over the line in the late 1960s.

The ‘Bubble Car’

It is a single car design, seating a total of 65 people when at full capacity. This vehicle is of particular historic importance locally, having been built at The Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Works (GRCW) in 1958.

One of the notable features of the “Bubble Car” is its “lively ride” which arises from the lightly sprung suspension. Our younger passengers in particular seem to quite enjoy this part of the journey.

Find out more about the initial restoration

Class 122 - W55003 'Bubble Car' History and Timeline

  • July, 2014

    As of July 2014, CDRL maintain a total of five DMU vehicles most of which are available for service on the GWSR

  • March, 2011

    The opportunity arose to purchase ‘Bubble Car’ W55003 in full running order

  • March, 2011

    The company was formed in the Spring of 2011 by a small group of volunteer workers from The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

  • January, 1958

    20 diesel cars were delivered recently to British Railways by the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. Ltd. and are now working in the London and Birmingham areas of the Western Region

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