50203 Class 101 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Great Central Railway03-Present

Current Location

Great Central Railway

 

 

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

 

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

 

 

TRA Designation

5

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Renaissance Railcars

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

10 December 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly part of Sandite set 960992 with partner 50193, but modifications to this role were minimal, with most of the changes being made within the brakevan area. Moved to the Great Central with three other vehicles as part of two Sandite power twins in 2003, this vehicle was part of the set not selected for immediate return to service, so was put into store awaiting restoration.

50203 waited patiently for the restorations of 51427 (completed in 2005), 50321 (2005), 50266 (2013) and 59575 (2014) to be completed, after which 50203 reached the front of the restoration queue. However in a Forth Bridge style situation, the first two vehicles (51427 & 50321) then required an intermediate overhaul again as it had been 10 years since they had last had attention. This was completed by 2016 finally allowing resources to be directed towards 50203.

In November 2016 the vehicle was extracted from storage at Swithland Sidings and moved to the group's restoration base at Loughborough where cleaning of the body and emptying of the interior was undertaken to allow a full assessment of repairs required for its restoration.

Future Plans
Plans for the immediate future are to undertake the full restoration to working order of 50203. It is likely that the vehicle will be returned to service in BR Blue livery. The group will be required to raise the funds to progress the restoration.

Once completed, it is intended for 50203 to form a second operating Class 101 set paired with 50266.

 

50203 & 50193 in store at Swithland Sidings, seen as part of an evening tour during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

In storage at Loughborough Central, 12/9/04. Simon Edwards

   

Another view in Loughborough station, 12/11/03. Stuart Mackay

   

Stabled in Loughborough Central station, 31/8/03.  Ian Francis

 

Interior

 

50203's cab in store at Swithland Sidings, seen as part of an evening tour during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50203's cab in store at Swithland Sidings, seen as part of an evening tour during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50203's front saloon in store at Swithland Sidings, seen as part of an evening tour during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50203's middle saloon in store at Swithland Sidings, seen as part of an evening tour during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50203's middle saloon in store at Swithland Sidings, seen as part of an evening tour during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon