51505 Class 101 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

East Anglian Railway Museum Oct 03-Jun 07

Current Location

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

Visited Railways

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Jun 07-Present

Current Livery

BR Blue (Wrap Round Yellow End)

 

Bluebell Railway Dec 13-Mar 14

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51188

 

 

Owner

Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Limited

 

 

Website

evrdmugroup.wix.com

   

Record Last Updated

5 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Withdrawn from service in June 2001, 51505 moved to the EARM in October 2003. The batteries were charged and the vehicle mechanically inspected within 2 days. It was then stored as a long term source of spares, only seeing use as Beer Festival seating once a year. However an agreement was reached in early 2007 to relocate to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway under the care of Railcar Enterprises under long term loan, moving in June 2007. The vehicle was repainted into BR Blue with wrap around Yellow Ends a month earlier.

At the Ecclesbourne Valley it formed part of 6 car reopening train to Idridgehay and was used regularly since, paired with 101 DMBS 51188. TSL 59303 was added to the formation to form a 3-car set in 2011. It then became the EVR's primary operating set.

In June 2011, the vehicle was withdrawn from traffic to receive a comprehensive interior refurbishment. By July, the rotten ceiling had been stripped and the trim painted into original light green. During August the vestibule doors had the orange Formica removed and were reinstalled with wood grain panels, the orange door surrounds returning to the light green colour scheme. New ceiling panels were also fitted to the vehiclethat month, and were painted in September. By October, the original tungsten lighting had been reinstalled/tested. All of the above was for the second class saloons only, so November was spent repeating the same work for the front (first class) saloon. During the final month of the year, attention turned to the cab, which was repainted into maroon. Te desk also received a coat of black.

The interior refurbishment continued into 2012. January saw the first class saloon carpeted and correct seats reinstalled, as the saloon had received second class seating during a previous refurbishment before preservation. During February, the drivers and second class passenger seats were stripped of their cushions which were sent away for reupholstering. Whilst away, the opportunity of the extra access was taken and the heater ducting cleaned. In April, with the "new" seats starting to return, the drivers seat was refitted, followed by the two main second class saloons. By May, the vehicle's interior refurbishment was declared complete and the vehicle returned to traffic. The exterior was also treated to a revarnish and some underframe components were repainted. On its return to service, 51505 was running with a variety of different partners as maintenance requirements dictated, but was most commonly in use with Class 119 51073.

In early 2014, 51505 visited the Bluebell Railway for several months to operate services on a severed section of their line which had been closed for winter maintenance. During August a fuel pump was refurbished and September saw the driver's air/axle panel replaced.

The completion of Class 101 50253's restoration in September 2015 allowed the EVR to form fixed operating sets, with 51505 being paired with 51188 once again.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

E51505 brings up the rear of a 4-car formation at Idridgehay during the Railcar Association convention weekend, 26/9/15. Chris Moxon

   

E51505/E50599 stabled on the Bluebell Railway during their visit, 6/1/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

E51505 being loaded to visit the Bluebell Railway, 31/12/13. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

E51505/M51188 pass Windley with the 17:10 Duffield-Wirksworth service, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

E51505/M51188 between Idridgehay and Wirksworth with the 17:10 Duffield-Wirksworth service, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

E51505 at Wirksworth after being revarnished, 1/6/12. Leigh Gration

   

E51505 on its relauch into traffic at Wirksworth, 31/5/12. Leigh Gration

   

Freshly painted underframe components, 26/5/12. Leigh Gration

   

The two EVR Class 101 DMCL's together at Wirksworth: E51505 (right) and E50170 (left), 3/3/12. Leigh Gration

   

E51505 in service on the Wirksworth-Ravnstor branch just before withdrawal from traffic for an interior refurbishment. The vehicle had latterly been used as a control trailer for steam trips up the1-in-27 incline, 14/5/11. David Beardmore

   

Arriving into Wirksworth on a service train, paired with W51360, 12/5/10. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

E51505 & M51188 pausing at Idridgehay during the Railcar Convention Weekend, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

E51505 & M51188 departing Idridgehay on a Railcar Convention driver experience run, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

E51505 & M51188 pausing for lunch at Wirksworth on a Railcar Convention driver experience run, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

A film contract required E51505/M51188 to have extra vinyls attached to the BR Blue paint scheme, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

E51505 at Duffield with 51188, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

E51505/M51188 arrive into Wirksworth, 4/5/08. Brian Battersby

   

E51505 after arrival at Wirksworth from the East Anglian Railway Museum, 12/6/07. Richard Buckby

   

E51505 after arrival at Wirksworth from the East Anglian Railway Museum, 12/6/07. Richard Buckby

   

E51505 after arrival at Wirksworth from the East Anglian Railway Museum, 12/6/07. Richard Buckby

   

E51505 after arrival at Wirksworth from the East Anglian Railway Museum, 12/6/07. Richard Buckby

   

51505 in store at Chappel, 30/8/06. Andy Cole

   

51505 at the East Anglian Railway Museum, 6/1/05. Darren Johnson

 

Interior

 

The first class saloon on completion of te 12 month interior overhaul, 22/4/12. Leigh Gration

   

The middle saloon on completion of te 12 month interior overhaul, 22/4/12. Leigh Gration

   

The rear saloon on completion of te 12 month interior overhaul, 22/4/12. Leigh Gration

   

Reupholstered seating is now returning from the workshops. Here, three seaters are being refitted to the middle saloon, 13/4/12. Leigh Gration

   

Freshly reupholstered driver's seat now refitted to the vehicle, 13/4/12. Leigh Gration

   

First class seating has been returned to the vehicle, after it was removed during a BR refurbishment. The seats currently carry an odd mix of moquette, but these are to be removed and reupholstered in due course, 19/1/12. Leigh Gration

   

The first milestone of 2012 was the fitting of the first class saloon carpet, 13/1/12. Leigh Gration

   

View of the secondman's side in the cab following the desk's black respray, 16/12/11. Leigh Gration

   

View of the driver's controls in the cab following the desk's black respray, 16/12/11. Leigh Gration

   

View of the cab following a repaint into maroon, 2/12/11. Leigh Gration

   

The completed first class saloon ceiling. Lights have been installed, along wioth the remaining trim and luggage racks, 26/11/11. Leigh Gration

   

The first class saloon celing now installed and painted, joining the refurbished pelmet above the doorway, which has been "de-oranged", 19/11/11. Leigh Gration

   

Progress in the first class saloon: the re-discovered Formica has been returned to the area above the windows, and the new celing panels are being installed. Also note the new trim which is being installed to join all th separate elements of the celing panelling, 12/11/11. Leigh Gration

   

The non-authentic second class seating, insalled in the first class saloon after a refurbishment in the early 1990's has now been removed, and the opportunity taken to give the saloon a deep clean, 6/11/11. Leigh Gration

   

A comparative study showing some Formica panels which had been painted over, seen before and after restoration work, 6/11/11. Leigh Gration

   

Original tungsten lighting is now installed throughout the middle and rear saloons, 9/10/11. Leigh Gration

   

The first tungsten light lit in the vehicle since it was stripped out for refurbishment by British Rail, 25/9/11. Leigh Gration

   

With the new celings now installed in the middle and rear saloons, the front saloon (ex first class) has now been stripped of the old tungsten lighting and celing panels, 24/9/11. Leigh Gration

   

White gloss starting to appear on the new ceilings 4/9/11. Leigh Gration

   

The tungsten lighting rings and new trim have been fitted to the new ceiling panels 3/9/11. Leigh Gration

   

A refreshed vestibule area, with just a clear varnish required on the doors, 19/8/11. Leigh Gration

   

The last of the new ceiling panels are now installed, 7/8/11. Leigh Gration

   

More new ceiling panels are installed, 7/8/11. Leigh Gration

   

The first of the new ceiling panels are installed, 6/8/11. Leigh Gration

   

Refurbished doors starting to go together, 31/7/11. Leigh Gration

   

E51505's rear saloon, showing the luggage rack backs in their new green colour scheme. The trim strips is also to be treated, 17/7/11. Leigh Gration

   

E51505's rear saloon radually going green. The area above the luggage racks, round the toilet and around the doors has been done. Note the lighting wiring has also been simplified ready for the tungstens to be installed, 9/7/11. Leigh Gration

   

The middle saloon celing, removed for replacement panels, 19/6/11. Leigh Gration

   

The celing of the rear saloon, the strip lighting now removed ready for ceiling removal, 18/6/11. Leigh Gration

   

The celing of the middle saloon, due for refurbishment, the day the work started, 18/6/11. Leigh Gration

   

View of the cab (driver's side), 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab (secondman's side), 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the front saloon, which was first class but was converted to second class during BR days, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the middle saloon, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the rear saloon, 2/10/09. Chris Moxon