51503 Class 101 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Swindon & Cricklade Railway ?-Jun 02

Current Location

Mid Norfolk Railway

 

Mid Norfolk Railway Jun 02-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59117 & 51434

 

 

Owner

Matthew Smith Class 101 Fund

 

 

Website

www.facebook.com/EastAnglianRailcarGroup

   

Record Last Updated

20 July 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
Internally, disabled access has been improved in the vehicle by removing all of the (wider) triple seats in the second class saloons, and replacing them with two-seaters. This has reduced the passenger carrying capacity of the vehicle to 42.

Preservation Information
51503 was latterly part of set L836, which was the last Class 101 located at Norwich and Tyseley, being used as a route learner, withdrawn in August 1996. It became the first complete Class 101 set to be preserved and moved to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway under the ownership of Matthew Smith, a keen preservationist interested in saving the vehicles as DMUs in their own right.

The power twin set was later joined by 59117 becoming the first Class 101 3-car set in preservation. The trailer cars remained rare and even with over 40 Class 101 vehicles now in preservation, there are only three 3-car sets.

In 2002 the vehicle was repainted into Blue & Grey livery.

Tragically in 2002, Matthew Smith lost his battle with cancer and 51503 was transferred to the “Matthew Smith Class 101 Fund”.

The set was moved to the Mid Norfolk Railway in 2002 where it has seen an extraordinary amount of use since it arrived, at times working 90% of the railways services.

After the introduction into traffic of the MNR's own Class 101 set in 2008/2009, the workload was reduced on 51503 and the vehicle was withdrawn for some much needed maintenance.

The vehicle was kept operational during the repairs until mid 2011 when the requirement to undertake heavier work resulted in a withdrawal from service.

In 2012, the East Anglin Railcar Group was formed from the working group for 51503 and others from the MNR. One of the group's priorities was to return 51503 to traffic. A defective engine and fuel tank were removed for replacement with overhauled examples and the cab/first class saloon stripped out for cleaning and/or restoration. The cab front was also worked on with all defective components repaired/replaced.

In October 2012, 51503 was returned to traffic, but only saw very sporadic use due to partner 51434 receiving heavy repairs.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

51503/51434 briefly returned to service for one weekend only, seen at Thuxton, 22/4/16. Derek Orr

   

51503 on static display during the Multiple Matters gala, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

51503/59117/55009 form a 3-car set at a damp Thuxton, 20/10/12. GT47581

   

51503 moves over the pit for inspection, 13/3/12. East Anglian Railcar Group

   

51503's fuel tank number 2 being stripped ready to have its leak repaired, 13/3/12. East Anglian Railcar Group

   

Possibly its last passenger use before bodywork repairs, 51503 is dragged by a Class 20 during an MNR gala weekend, 14/5/11. Andy Neil

   

51503 alongside 51499 at Dereham, 21/3/10. Martin Reeve

   

51503 waiting to depart Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 passing Garvestone, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 arriving into Kimberley Park, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 at Thuxton, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 at Wymondham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 approaching the outskirts of Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 near Hardingham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 near Kimberley Park, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 approaching Yaxham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503's underframe at Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

51503 at Wymondham, 2/8/07. Daniel Adkins

   

51503 at Dereham, 2/8/07. Daniel Adkins

   

51503 at Dereham, 2/8/07. Daniel Adkins

   

51503, 59117 & 51434 in service at Dereham, 15/7/06. Martin Reeve

   

51503/59117/51434 stabled at Dereham, 12/3/05. Stephen Hughes

   

51503, 59117 & 51434 at Dereham, 21/3/04. David Beardmore

   

The vehicle looks in a lot better condition after a repaint! 20/6/03. Stuart Mackay

   

The vehicle looks in a lot better condition after a repaint! 20/6/03. Stuart Mackay

   

51503 & 51434 freshly repainted at Dereham. Martin Reeve

   

51503 & 51434 at Dereham. Martin Reeve

   

51503 on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, 1/12/01. Stuart Mackay

 

Interior

 

51503's cab with components and panels stripped out for refurbishment, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

51503's First Class saloon with seats stripped out for refurbishment, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

51503's rear saloon, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab controls, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front (first class) saloon, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, note the 2+2 seating in what would have been a 2+3 saloon, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon, note the 2+2 seating in what would have been a 2+3 saloon, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon