50746 Class 101 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Wensleydale Railway

Location History

Wensleydale Railway Nov 04-Present

Current Location

Wensleydale Railway



Current Status

Under Restoration



Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Wensleydale Railway PLC






Record Last Updated

7 May 2015


Preservation Modifications
The luggage racks in the front saloon have been removed.

Preservation Information
Preserved as a complete set 101678 with 51210, the vehicle was introduced into passenger service quickly at Wensleydale and was later formed into a hybrid 3-car using Class 117 59509. However due to maintenance sets were noted as often being reformed.

Extensive use of 50746 as vacuum braked hauled stock for steam locomotives was also made.

In 2006, 50746 was repainted into a non standard blue & cream, retaining its set number on the cab end.

In 2011, the secondman's side of 51210 was repainted into BR Blue.

In 2012 the vehicle was withdrawn from traffic and stored awaiting overhaul, which started the following year with bodywork repairs being undertaken on the number one side.

By 2014 the vehicle had been repainted into Blue & Grey livery.

Future Plans
When resources allow 50746 will be returned to service.


Exterior restoration progresses on 50746 at Leeming Bar, 6/8/13, Bill Pugsley


53746 on a service train at Bedale, 15/1/11. Dan Froggatt


53746 in use as hauled stock at Leeming Bar. It can be seen how sets are often reformed to suit requirements, behind 50746 are class 117 and 110 vehicles, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


Rear view of 53746 in use as hauled stock at Leeming Bar, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


53746 in use as hauled stock at Leyburn, 14/8/10. Dan Froggatt


53746/51210 call at Leyburn, 19/8/09. Bill Pugsley


53746/59509/51210 stand at Redmire on a soggy summer's day, 28/10/08. John Carter


53746, 59509 & 51210 in service at Redmire, 8/7/08. David Beardmore


The Wensleydale Railway marked the vehicle's 50th birthday by carrying a headboard and having a cake for the passengers, 24/11/07. Barry Wetherell


53746/59509/51210 depart Leyburn, 25/8/05. John Carter


53746/59509/51210 stand at Redmire, 19/8/05. John Carter


50746 is at the head of a 3-car 101/117/101 set on the Wensleydale Railway, 18/8/05. James Addison


53746 leads 51210 out of Leyburn, 23/2/05. Mark Grimes



The front saloon looking towards the cab, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


The middle saloon looking towards the rear of the vehicle, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


The rear saloon looking towards the rear of the vehicle, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


The drivers cab, 21/8/10. Chris Moxon


A view of the line towards Redmire from 53746, 23/2/05. Mark Grimes