50455 Class 104 Driving Motor Brake Second

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East Lancashire Railway

Location History

Churnet Valley Railway93-Nov 14

Current Location

East Lancashire Railway

 

East Lancashire Railway Nov 14-Present

Current Status

Under Overhaul

   

Current Livery

 

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

50517

 

 

Owner

Kevin Dowd & Robert Simpson

 

 

Website

www.brcw.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

2 July 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
External fire extinguisher mounted below jumper cables on corridor end.

Preservation Information
50455 was preserved in 1992 in a bulk buy of 12 Class 104 vehicles by private individuals Kevin Dowd and Robert Simpson. The fleet was eventually distributed over three heritage railways and 50455 was located on the Churnet Valley Railway in 1993.

At the time the railway were operating "push pull" shuttles in the yard and 50455 was used briefly as a control trailer with shunting locomotives. The vehicle was soon however put into store as the finantial/workforce restraints of the time meant only one vehicle could be restored, the superior (in condition) DMCL 50517 being the chosen vehicle.

In 1999 the time had come to start the restoration of a DMBS vehicle to join DMCL 50517. 50455 and 50437 were the contenders. It was noted that 50455 had been withdrawn due to being surplus to requirements unlike 50437 which was withdrawn with electrical faults. The superior bodywork of 50455 was also in its favour. Consequently, 50455 was selected for restoration and 50437 continued in storage awaiting its turn.

2000 saw the restoration begin to move forwards (in parallel with 50517’s). Many components were removed, the interior stripped out and restoration of the myriad of individual interior bits and pieces started.

2001 saw the bulk of the bodywork completed inside Cheddleton shed, involving much sanding and filling after the new metalwork had been completed. Mechanically, the vehicle was made operational with the revival of both of the engines. The vehicle also moved under its own power for the first time in a good few years during this period.

The big news for summer 2002 was the gloss painting and lining of 50455, completed in the shed at Oakamoor, which brought the external restoration of the vehicle to a close. The repaint was made possible following a final 3-week marathon of sanding and filling during May, and also after the final cleaning and painting of the roof. During the diesel gala in September 2002, the vehicle was put on static display showing off its brand new paint scheme. Inside the vehicle, the new veneered panelling had arrived and was being fitted over the winter, in preparation for the “home straight” of seat fitting.

2003 saw the last of the interior work completed. New flooring was fitted to the guards floor as the originals had rotted away under the steel chequer plate. The cabs also received a final coat of paint. Mechanically, teething troubles were starting to be tackled in preparation for a return to service. The brake blocks were changed amongst other, smaller, components.

2004 saw a final push to make the vehicle mechanically fit for regular traffic. By August the unit was undertaking test runs having had final preparations such as new oils and filters. After one last external clean and polish, the unit was complete. Five years after the start of the restoration project, during the last weekend of September 2004, 50455 was launched into traffic. 50517 was also completed at the same time, forming a 2-car "power twin" set. 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 due to geneerous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

During 2005 and 2006 the vehicle ran over 8,000 miles in traffic as part of an ambitious timetable where the set ran throughout the summer and during the low season when a steam service was not viable.

Between 2007 & 2014 the vehicle settled into a routine of roughly 30 days traffic a year, covering about 2,000 miles per annum.

During 2010, 50455 became part of a 3-car hybrid set following the insertion of Class 110 59701 on loan.

2011 saw the No2 engine and both main vacuum cylinders replaced with fully rebuilt examples.

In 2012, the No1 engine radiator was replaced after the original started leaking excessively.

Following discussions with the owning group's home railway where many issues that had arisen during ten years of running could not be satisfactorily resolved, 50455 was moved in 2014 to the East Lancashire Railway to join the operating fleet there as a 2-car set with 50517. It operated at its new home for four days during 2015 before being withdrawn from traffic in May 2015 for a bodywork overhaul and repaint.

During 2015 the cab front was stripped down and several welding repairs were completed. However the work was halted before completion as the fabricator was required elswhere on the railway. However the two bodysides still received a great deal of body preparation work to ready the vehicle for repaint.

By summer 2016 the bodywork preparation was approaching completion.

Future Plans
To complete the bodywork repairs and undertake a full repaint before returning to service at the East Lancashire Railway.

 

M50455/M50517 on its first day in traffic on the East Lancashire Railway, seen departing Ramsbottom with a Rawtenstall service, 14/3/15. Frank Richards

   

M50455 on a road transporter at Cellarhead, en-route from the Churnet Valley to the East Lancs, 20/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/E59701/M50517 exit Leekbrook Tunnel, 5/14. Frank Richards

   

A replacement radiator fitted to the No2 side (cooling the No1 engine) of M50455, 23/12/12. Chris Moxon

   

M50455, E59701 & M50517 being prepped at Cheddleton for the day's services, 5/5/12. Chris Moxon

   

M50455 is reflected in the puddles at Cheddleton, separated from the rest of the set and moved on shed for a C exam to be undertaken that weekend, 27/1/12. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/E59701/M50517 pass Class 04 D2334 at Cheddleton, 30/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

M50455 lifted in the air at Cheddleton for refubished vacuum cyliders and air tanks, 12/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

M50455 on shed at Cheddleton receiving a new engine, 16/1/11. Chris Moxon

   

M50455 on shed at Cheddleton having received a new engine, 16/1/11. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/E59701/M50517 at Ipstones having climbed the 5 miles at 1-in-45/1-in-59 on Moorland & City Railways' Cauldon Lowe branch, 28/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 stand at Froghall, 19/6/10. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 "on display" in Cheddleton bay with a suitably vintage vehicle in front, 1/4/10. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 stand at Froghall whilst operating evening turns for a beer festival, 7/2/10. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 depart Cheddleton on a beautiful Bank Holiday, 24/5/09. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 depart Cheddleton on a beautiful Bank Holiday, 24/5/09. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 depart Cheddleton on a beautiful Bank Holiday, 24/5/09. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517is loaded with beer at Cheddeton the weekend before a beer festival, 1/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 approach Consall with a tail load during the railcar gala, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 between Consall and Cheddleton during the railcar gala, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

The first passenger train to Oakamoor in over 20 years. The 104 was running with the Class 116/118 set borrowed from the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Gala the following weekend, 21/9/08. Dave Gibson 

   

The first passenger train to Oakamoor in over 20 years. The 104 was running with the Class 116/118 set borrowed from the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Gala the following weekend, 21/9/08. Dave Gibson 

   

The first passenger train to Oakamoor in over 20 years. The 104 was running with the Class 116/118 set borrowed from the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Gala the following weekend, 21/9/08. Dave Gibson 

   

The first passenger train to Oakamoor in over 20 years. The 104 was running with the Class 116/118 set borrowed from the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Gala the following weekend, 21/9/08. Dave Gibson 

   

M50455/M50517 stabled at Cheddleton, 18/5/08. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 at Cheddleton before an EMRPS photo shoot, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 & 79900 during an EMRPS photo shoot at Cheddleton, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

A historic moment: M50455/M50517 & 79900 become the first DMUs to cross on the Churnet Valley Railway in preservation days, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 stand at Cheddleton during the diesel gala, 2/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 arrive into Consall during the diesel gala, 2/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 stand at Froghall during the diesel gala, 2/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 arrive into Consall with a tail load during the diesel gala, 2/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 on a private charter at Froghall, 5/11/06. Chris Moxon

   

M50455 stabled at Cheddleton, 3/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 on Thomas duty, 28/7/05. Paul Moxon

   

M50455 & M50517 stabled at Kingsley & Froghall, 21/5/05. David Beardmore

   

M50455 & M50517 depart Bewdley during Railcar50, 16/10/04. David Beardmore

   

M50455 at Bridgnoth on the Severn Valley Railway during Railcar50, 15/10/04. Ian Francis

   

M50455 meets a 9F at Cheddleton during testing, 30/7/04. Paul Moxon

   

M50455 at Cheddleton for testing, 30/7/04. Paul Moxon

   

A shiny M50455 at Cheddleton for testing, May 2004. Paul Moxon

   

M50455/M50517 on display at the diesel gala, 2002. Nick Wheat

   

M50455/M50517 newly outshopped in BR Green at Oakamoor, 2002. Paul Moxon

   

Work continues on 53455 at Oakamoor, 2001. Paul Moxon

   

53455 in the shed for bodywork repairs, 2001. Paul Moxon

   

Bodywork cut out from 53455, 2001. Paul Moxon

   

Bodywork cut out from 53455, 2001. Kevin Dowd

   

Bodywork being cut out from 53455, 2001. Kevin Dowd

   

53455 in store at Oakmoor on the Churnet Valley Railway. The windows are covered due vandals smashing all the large panes. By this date a start has been made on the solebar, 1999. Paul Moxon



Interior

 

M50455's brake van floor after repainting, 3/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

M50455's brake van floor before repainting, 3/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

View of M50455's front saloon, 19/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

View of M50455's middle saloon, 19/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

A lino repair made to one of the doorways, 28/8/10. Chris Moxon

   

This brake van view was a  recreation of the original official works picture, 2005. Paul Moxon

   

A newly constructed folding table for the guard to write on, its use being demonstrated by Chris Moxon, 28/7/05. Paul Moxon

   

The cab under restoration. Kevin Dowd

   

The completed middle saloon. Paul Moxon

   

The restored middle saloon lino. Paul Moxon

   

Part of the guards floor had to be replaced due to serious wood rot. Paul Moxon

   

Part of the guards floor had to be replaced due to serious wood rot. Paul Moxon

   

Early interior restoration inside 53455. Paul Moxon