50256 Class 101 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Wensleydale Railway

Location History

East Kent Railway Nov 03-Nov 16

Current Location

Wensleydale Railway


Wensleydale Railway Nov 16-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Blue (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)











Record Last Updated

6 February 2019


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Preserved in 2003 with partner 56343, the vehicle entered preservation service very quickly. The set ran most of the EKR’s passenger services, the railway taking full advantage of the economies of using DMU's.

The railway undertook a repaint in the open from Regional Railways to BR Blue over a period of two years. The process began in late 2006 with the cab end and one side complete by March 2008. The remaining parts of the vehicle were completed by March 2009.

During 2012, 50256 received a series of mechanical repairs as the exisiting equipment had not required attention since the vehicle was preserved. The vehicle received replacement gearboxes, brakeblocks and an exhauster. However mechanical reliability continued to be a problem periodically and in 2014 a Class 108 set was brought to the railway to ease the burdon on 50256/56343.

In 2016 the railway undertook a review and concluded that it did not see 50256/56343 as part of their future fleet. The set was sold and relocated to the Wensleydale Railway later that year.

After arriving at the Wensleydale Railway, dispite the engines being started up very shortly after unloading, 50256 was placed into storage without operating any services on the line.

50256 currently remains in store awaiting a return to service.

Future Plans
Not currently known.


50256 shortly after unloading at Leeming Bar, 20/11/16. Alex Lomax


50256 leads an all-blue hybrid set consisting of 50256, 56343 & 51562 at Shepherdswell, 22/6/15. Simon Potter


E50256 in service during the evening at Shepherdswell, 27/7/14. Josh Watkins


E50256 & E56343 stabled at the East Kent Railway, 2/9/12. Simon Potter


E50256 & E56343 in service on the East Kent Railway, 18/8/12. Simon Potter


E50256 & E56343 in service at Shepherdswell, 25/7/12. Simon Potter


E50256 & E56343 at Shepherdswell, 26/2/11. John Oram


53256 & 54343 in service at Sheperdswell, September 2004. Nigel Carroll


53256 & 54343 in service at Sheperdswell, September 2004. Nigel Carroll


53256 & 54343 in service at Shepherdswell, Easter 2004. Peter Wreford