50170 Class 101 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Location History

Midland Railway Butterley 04-Mar 11

Current Location

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Mar 11-Present

Current Status

Operational

   

Current Livery

BR Green (Plain End)

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

TRA Designation

4

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

59303 & 50253

 

 

Owner

101692 Group

 

 

Website

evrdmugroup.wix.com

   

Record Last Updated

5 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Preserved in 2004 as a complete 2-car set along with 50253 as set 101692. The vehicle was operational about 24 hours after arrival! During the first few years much work, particularly mechanical, was undertaken to keep the vehicle operational, and it appeared regularly on service trains and at DMU galas at the Midland Railway Butterley

In October 2004, the vehicle visited the Severn Valley Railway for the spectacular Railcar50 celebrations which involved a never-to-be-repeated line up of DMUs from all around the country at one gala event. This was only possible sue to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

50170 ran briefly as a 3-car set with centre car 59303 in 2005.

50170 was separtated from its DMBS partner 50253 when that vehicle was withdrawn for repairs, corrosion having built up in the brake van area. An alternative DMBS from visiting set 101685 (50164) was paired with 50170 which continued in service.

In 2010, an agreement was reached to loan 50170 to the Severn Valley Railway as a spare power car while several of their own Class 108 fleet were out of service for major repair work. In preparation for this loan, 50170 was withdrawn from service and underwent much restoration. Internally, the first class saloon was reinstated (having been de-classified to second class pre preservation) along with a thorough clean for the rest of the vehicle. Externally, corrosion was tackled, and the vehicle repainted into original green livery. Additionally, the gutters were shortened to cover only the doorways, thereby returning them to original condition, and the original cab front arrangement (with four marker lights) was reinstated. 50170 was only the second Class 101 vehicle in preservation to have this feature recreated. Unfortunately the loan deal did not go ahead.

In March 2011 agreement was reached for the Ecclesbourne Valley DMU Group to operate and maintain the vehicle, and 50170 was relocated to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway where it quickly entered passenger service. The vehicle did not operate in a fixed formation and could be found operating in a variety of sets.

During June 2014, a replacement alternator was required after the output on the No2 alternator was found to be very poor. A new starter motor on the same engine followed. A gearbox change was also undertaken. In September & October a new toilet floor was fitted as the original had rotted away from years of "use"!

The completion of the restoration of 50170's partner, 50253, in September 2015 allowed a fixed formation green liveried Class 101 set to be formed, consisting of 50170 with 59303 and 50253.

50170 continues to see regular use on the line in this 3-car formation.

Future Plans
To maintain in service. 50170 is due for an interior refurbishment when resources allow.

 

E50170 crosses M79900 at Shottle on a driver experience run during the Railcar Association convention weekend, 25/9/15. Barry Knapper

   

E50170 waits to depart Wirksworth on a driver experience run during the Railcar Association convention weekend, 25/9/15. Chris Moxon

   

E50170 operating services at Wirksworth, 7/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

50170 stabled at Wirksworth, 2/12/12. John Stokes

   

50170 stabled alongside Derby Lightweight 79900 at Wirksworth, 21/3/12. Leigh Gration

   

The two EVR Class 101 DMCL's together at Wirksworth: 50170 (left) and 51505 (right), 3/3/12. Leigh Gration

   

50170 on the transporter at Wirksworth, after a successful journey from the Midland Railway, Butterley. The vehicle was checked and started up minutes after rolling off the trailer, 28/3/11. Leigh Gration

   

50170 on the transporter at Wirksworth, after a successful journey from the Midland Railway, Butterley where its restoration was recently completed, 28/3/11. Leigh Gration

   

Rear view of 50170 on the transporter at Wirksworth, after a successful journey from the Midland Railway, Butterley where its restoration was recently completed, 28/3/11. Leigh Gration

   

In multiple with DMBS vehicles 50253& 50164 at Butterley, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon

   

Entering Butterley station, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon

   

Now sporting a repainted yellow end on the rear of a Hammersmith bound service at Butterley, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon

   

Now sporting a repainted yellow end on the rear of a Hammersmith bound service at Swanwick Junction, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon

   

The driver changes ends during a pause at Hammersmith during the 2006 DMU Gala, 15/7/06. Chris Moxon

   

Tailing 50253 on the approach to Butterley during the 2006 DMU Gala, 15/7/06. Chris Moxon

   

In the yard at Butterley, 8/7/06. Robert Chilton

   

53170 heads the 3-car 101 with a 114 behind past Butterley yard during the DMU gala, 8/10/05. John Miller 

   

Heading back into Butterley yard on the Midland Railway Centre after completion of it's second day of traffic on the line, 29/10/04.Stuart Mackay

   

Kidderminster station, awaiting the return journey to MR-B after the Railcar50 event, 19/10/04. Stuart Mackay

   

In multiple with 56358, 16/10/04. Simon Edwards

   

At Bridgnorth during the Railcar50 event, 16/10/04. Simon Edwards

 

In Butterley Yard, 12/9/04. Ian Francis

   

In Butterley Yard, 12/9/04. Ian Francis

 

Interior

 

The stripped out toilet inside E50170, 11/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

50170's cab (drivers side) which has been restored and the original maroon colour scheme reinstated, 3/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

50170's cab (secondmans side) which has been restored and the original maroon colour scheme reinstated, 3/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

50170's first class saloon. This area was restored in 2010 and the original first class seating returned, 3/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

50170's middle saloon. This area is pretty much in as withdrawn condition, 3/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

50170's rear saloon. This area is pretty much in as withdrawn condition, 3/4/13. Chris Moxon