50599 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

East Anglian Railway Museum Jul 93-Mar 10

Current Location

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Mar 10-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

Visited Railways

Bluebell Railway Dec 13-Mar 14

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51073

 

 

Owner

Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Limited

 

 

Website

evrdmugroup.wix.com

   

Record Last Updated

5 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
50599 is the pioneer Class 108 vehicle, and was secured for preservation in July 1993 after it was withdrawn in January of that year from Old Oak Common (London). It moved to the East Anglian Railway Museum with 56491, starting a fleet of Class 108 vehicles owned by Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Limited (DUPA).

50599 was repainted from Network SouthEast back into its original multiple unit green livery during the early 2000's and did see some use. The original tunsten lighting was restored. This was part of a plan to return the vehicle to as built condition, as that was felt appropriate for the first Class 108 vehicle. The vehicle was dogged with electrical faults however and saw little use.

50599 was later withdrawn requiring more restoration work, and with work on other Class 101 vehicles to complete, an agreement was reached for a long term loan to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, 50599 moving north in 2010.

At the EVR, the vehicle saw seen much attention during 2010, including rectification of the electrical faults and a repaint into BR Blue in Summer 2010. The vehicle's interior also saw work including a brakevan floor repaint.

50599 was returned to service in April 2011 as part of the Duffield extention opening train.

In 2013 50599 underwent some further electrical repairs, before going on loan in December to the Bluebell Railway for a few months where it worked with Class 101 51505 operating truncated services on the Bluebell whilst they completed engineering work.

In November 2014, 50599 was removed from traffic and entered the shed for some water ingress repairs. The roof had been leaking and it was discovered that some of the original rivets which hold the aluminium roof sheets together had failed. New rivets were put in and sealed followed by the removal of old paint from the roof.

As a suprise for the 2015 Multiple Memories Gala, 50599 was painted into Blue & Grey livery, renumbered E53599 and formed into a matching fixed formation 2-car set with Class 119 W51073.

Future Plans
To maintain in service. 50599 is due for an interior refurbishment when resources allow.

 

 

E53599 leads a 4-car formation into Wirksworth during the Railcar Association convention weekend, 27/9/15. Chris Moxon

   

E50599 departs Wirksworth being propelled to Ravenstor by a Class 31, 3/7/14. Jason Boddy

   

E50599 during the loading process when it visited the Bluebell Line, 31/12/13. EVR DMU Group

   

E50599 being transported, 31/12/13. EVR DMU Group

   

E50599, briefly split from an operating set and located outside the maintenance facility at Wirksworth. The vehicle was undergoing some minor electrical repairs, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

Patiently awaiting the start of the season, E50599 battles the Derbyshire elements at Wirksworth, 5/2/12. Leigh Gration

   

E50599 shunts at Wirksworth, 14/5/11. David Beardmore

   

E50599 leading a 5-car test train at Duffield, 20/3/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

E50599 leading a 5-car test train near Hazlewood, 20/3/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

E50599 inside the shed at Wirksworth undergoing repaint into BR Blue, 29/8/10. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

E50599 shortly after moving to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, March 2010. Leigh Gration

   

E50599 stabled at Chappel, 28/8/09. John Law

   

On static display during the Railcar Convention at the EARM, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

On static display during the Railcar Convention at the EARM, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab end during the Railcar Convention at the EARM, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

View of the corridor end during the Railcar Convention at the EARM, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

Underframe view during the Railcar Convention at the EARM, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

Numerically the first Class 108, DMBS 50599 sits in the early morning sunshine at Chappel & Wakes Colne, mid way through restoration at the East Anglian Railway Museum, 4/8/01. Stuart Mackay

 

Interior

 

E50599's cab (drivers side) at Wirksworth, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

E50599's cab (secondmans side) at Wirksworth, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

E50599's front saloon at Wirksworth, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

E50599's middle saloon at Wirksworth, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

E50599's guards van at Wirksworth, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

Repainted guards van floor, 13/3/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

View of the front saloon, March 2010. Leigh Gration