50479 Class 104 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Cambrian Railway (Oswestry) ?-Apr 99

Current Location

Telford Steam Railway

 

Telford Steam Railway Apr 99-Present

Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Kevin Dowd & Robert Simpson

 

 

Website

www.brcw.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

13 December 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
50479 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 with 50479 and partner 50531 going to the Cambrian Railway at Oswestry.

50479 was preserved as a spares vehicle and was originally to be broken up to provide parts for other 104 vehicles. However, an offer from an individual in preservation to look after the set resulted in the vehicle being retained and returned to serviceable condition, working with partner 50531.

In 1999 the set was moved to the Telford Steam Railway where it was soon put into traffic. Whilst there 50479 received much restoration work and a repaint into BR Blue livery.

In the mid 2000s, new fire extinguisher regulations forced the set out of service (as a DMU), however the set continued to be used as hauled stock being propelled by some of the railways small steam/diesel locomotives.

In 2009, 50479 was repainted into BR Green in an effort to tidy the declining exterior appearance.

In 2011 50479 was returned to use as a DMU again, but continued problems with partner50531 meant 50479 continued to be used as loco hauled stock.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

50479/50531 rest at Spring Village, 7/2/16. Chris Moxon

   

50479/50531 at Spring Village, 1/11/15. Chris Moxon

   

50479 (left) stabled at Spring Village, 3/4/15. Zoe Hunter

   

50479 stabled at Telford, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

50479, in use as hauled stock, 1/8/10. Chris Bell

   

50479 at Telford now repainted into BR Green with Speed Whiskers, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

50479 at Telford now repainted into BR Green with Speed Whiskers, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

50479 at Telford now repainted into BR Green with Speed Whiskers, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53479 in use as a propelling vehicle, 5/5/08. Simon Edwards

   

53479 alongside RB004, 5/5/08. Simon Edwards

   

53479 in use as hauled stock, Dec 2006. Dave Angell

   

53479 shortly after it and 53531 arrived on the Telford Steam Railway from Oswestry, 1999. Frank Nicholas


Interior

 

50479's cab, drivers side, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

50479's cab, secondmans side, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

50479's front saloon, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

50479's middle saloon, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

A passenger vestibule inside 50479, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

50479's guards van. Note the two gauges, the second registers the pressure on a through air pipe, 9/7/12. Chris Moxon