50556 Class 104 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Private Site: Meadowhall 92-Feb 01

Current Location

East Lancashire Railway

 

Telford Steam Railway Feb 01-Nov 17

Current Status

Stored pending Scrap

 

East Lancashire Railway Nov 17-Present

Current Livery

BR Blue (Full Yellow End)

 

 

TRA Designation

5

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Kevin Dowd & Robert Simpson

 

 

Website

www.brcw.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

7 July 2018

   

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 started to deteriorate rapidly.

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 mobile, but no major restoration activities were undertaken due to other commitments.

Between 2005-2009 the vehicle was held in storage and sheeted over to attempt to keep the rain out, however several sets of tarpaulins were stolen and continued vandalism eventually led to any further attempts to secure the vehicle to be abandoned.

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

In 2016 the vehicle's owners made the decision to strip 50556 for spare parts and to scrap the remains as no viable restoration plan could be formed for the now derelict vehicle. It was sheeted over that year to make it secure for transport and was moved to the East Lancashire Railway the following year for scrapping.

Future Plans
50556 will be stripped of any remaining parts useful to the preserved Class 104 fleet, after which the remains will be scrapped.

 

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