50556 Class 104 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Private Site: Meadowhall 92-Feb 01

Current Location

Telford Steam Railway

 

Telford Steam Railway Feb 01-Present

Current Status

Stored

 

 

Current Livery

BR Blue (Full Yellow End)

 

 

TRA Designation

5

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59228

 

 

Owner

Kevin Dowd & Robert Simpson

 

 

Website

www.brcw.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

2 July 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
50556 was preserved in 1992 in a bulk buy of 12 Class 104 vehicles by private individuals Kevin Dowd and Robert Simpson. With no immediate home available, 50556 was held in open storage at Meadowhall, where the vehicle deteriorated somewhat.

In 2001, the vehicle was moved from Meadowhall to the Telford Steam Railway. Over the next 4 years, minor repairs to running gear were made to keep the vehicle reasonable, but no major restoration activities were undertaken due to other commitments.

By 2005 the vehicle was considered as in storage again, awaiting its turn for time/finance. The vehicle was sheeted up, but these were later mysteriously removed (stolen?).

A survey in 2009 found the vehicle to be in extremely poor condition.

During 2016 the vehicle was sheeted over again, and it remains in storage.

Future Plans
The vehicle's future is currently being decided at "104 HQ" by the preservation team at the Churnet Valley.

 

53556 stored at Spring Village, 3/4/15. Zoe Hunter

   

53556 in extremely poor condition, stored at Telford, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556 in extremely poor condition, stored at Telford, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556 in extremely poor condition, stored at Telford, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556 in extremely poor condition, stored at Telford, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556 in extremely poor condition, stored at Telford, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556's No2 engine, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556 at the Telford Steam Railway, shortly after arrival, 15/2/01. Stuart Mackay

   

A rare view of 53556 whilt in store at Meadowhall. Brian Battersby



Interior

 

A view of 53556's unrestored cab (drivers side), 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

A view of 53556's unrestored cab (secondmans side), 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556's first class saloon, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556's middle saloon, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon

   

53556's rear saloon, 28/12/09. Chris Moxon