50266 Class 101 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Great Central Railway Apr 05-Present

Current Location

Great Central Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

Various

 

 

Owner

Renaissance Railcars

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

6 November 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
Tungsten lighting has been fitted which, whilst strictly speaking of a non-authentic style, was the closest possible modern match to the original design.

Preservation Information
50266 was preserved by Renaissance Railcars in 2005 as a spare powercar for their two 2-car Class 101 sets.

Initially the vehicle was made operational mechanically to enable it to work in multiple with the line’s operational 101 2-car set at their September 2005 Diesel Gala. The orange Strathclyde livery earned it the nickname the 'tangerine dream'.

The vehicle was then withdrawn for a full cosmetic overhaul inside and out. After some bodywork, painting of the repairs was required, but there wasn't enough time for a proper repaint before its use during the line's 2008 war weekend. So a temporary repaint was done into a 'camouflage' livery.

From 2008-2011, interior work continued on the vehicle but it remained operational, making occational appearances when 51427/50321 needed strengthening for special events.

In 2011 the vehicle was repainted into green primer with half yellow warning panel, in time for the November bonfire event.

During 2012 the interior restoration was completed, with the tungsten lighting reinstated, new ceilings, cleaned panelling and "de-oranging" of the interior bulkheads. The vehicle was in service for the annual convention that year which was hosted at the GCR.

Between 2012 & 2013, 50266 was operational paired with Class 127 51622 whilst 51616's restoration was completed..

In 2013, 50266 was painted into unlined green as an interim measure (not a full repaint) to smarten its appearance.

From 2013-2015, 50266 was kept in service without a partner, used for special events coupled to the front of the Class 101/111 set to boost its capacity.

In May 2015, 50266 assumed a place in the main running set operating with 59575 & 50321 as a replacement for 51427 which was sent away for contract repairs. 50266 had to be turned 180 degrees using a road transporter as the GCR's turntable was undergoing repairs at the time. In January 2016, with 51427 returned to the railway, 50266 was turned back to its original direction in order to substitute for 50321 within the same set, so that 50321 could go away for repairs itself.

Since October 2016 the railway's 3-car set has been operating in its original formation once more, returning 50266 to its "maintenance spare" status.

Future Plans
To complete the exterior repaint.

In the short term, 50266 will continue to be a substitute vehicle in Renaissance Railcars main operating set.

In the longer term, 50266 will form another Class 101 operating set when the railway's second DMBS vehicle 50203 (currently under restoration) has been returned to working order to operate with 50266.

 

E50266 arriving into Quorn paired with E51427, 23/4/16. Brian Battersby

   

E50266 loaded onto a lorry at Quorn... However the vehicle was not being moved, only turned, 7/5/15. Tom Ingall

   

E50266 leads a 4-car formation from Loughborough formed E50266/E50321/E59575/E51427, 7/3/15. Bruce Pollard

   

The restoration team in action on 50266 at Loughborough, 18/5/13. Bill Pugsley

   

50266, M51622, E50321 & E51427 at Quorn & Woodhouse on 2D04 10:10 Rothley-Loughborough during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266, M51622, E50321 & E51427 enter Quorn & Woodhouse on 2C13 11:30 Loughborough-Rothley during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266, M51622, E50321 & E51427 pass D123 at Loughborough whilst shunting to form the evening Fish & Chip special during the Railcar Convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266 next to the impressive Swithland signalbox during a Fish & Chip special, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266 next to the impressive Swithland signalbox during a Fish & Chip special, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266, M51622, E50321 & E51427 pass Woodthorpe 32 minutes late on the 15:15 Loughborough-Rothley during the 1940's weekend. This was the first time a 4-car DMU had been seen on the GCR since the late 1960's, 9/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266, M51622, E50321 & E51427 pass Woodthorpe on the 16:30 Rothley-Loughborough during the 1940's weekend. This was the first time a 4-car DMU had been seen on the GCR since the late 1960's, 9/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

50266 at Loughborough, the cab end now in primer, 15/5/11. David Beardmore

   

50266 under restoration at Loughborough, 21/3/09. Simon Edwards

   

After some bodywork some painting of the repairs was required, but there wasn't enough time for a proper repaint before it's use during the line's war weekend. So a temporary repaint was done into a 'camouflage' livery, 2008. Mathew Yardley

   

53266, 50321 & 51427 in service at Loughborough, 17/9/11. David Beardmore

   

53266 was be withdrawn for a full cosmetic overhaul inside and out, 22/8/05. Tom Ingall

   

Here 53266 was coupled to 51427 and 50321 for the first time to test the multiple working. The three car set worked briefly up and down the yard and all systems seemed nominal. The three car set was being formed up for a special "orange/green" livery clash for the forthcoming diesel gala (17th/18th September), 22/8/05. Tom Ingall

   

53266 arrives at the Great Central Railway from Shoeburyness. It was soon nicknamed the 'tangerine dream', 4/4/05. Tom Ingall

 

Interior

 

Nine air and axle lights illuminated in the cab of 53266 showing the multiple working is behaving! 22/8/05. Tom Ingall