52029 Class 107 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway May 93-03

Current Location

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

 

Cardiff Cathays Depot (Storage) 03-Dec 04

Current Status

Under Restoraion

 

Private Site: MOD Llangennech (Storage) Dec 04-Nov 07

Current Livery

Strathclyde

 

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway Nov 07-Sep 15

TRA Designation

5

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Sep 15-Present

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

   

Owner

Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd

 

 

Website

www.gwsr-dmu.org.uk

   

Record Last Updated

25 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
52029 was withdrawn in October 1992 and was preserved th following year by the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, where it was intended to convert the vehicle into an observation saloon. The vehicle was put into store in awaiting the resources for the conversion.

The conversion work was never undertaken and 52029's condition worsened. In 2002, the railway declared the vehicle surplus to requirements and it was sold to the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway.

The new owners initially stored 52029 at Cardiff Cathays depot before relocating to a private site at Llangennech, the vehicle finally moving to their main site at Cynheidre in 2007.

By 2007, 52029 had relocated to its main home the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway at Cynheidre.

After arriving at the LMMR 52029 received some limited restoration work and spent much of its time stored undercover in the shed at Cynheidre to prevent its condition worsening. However fellow residents 51354 & 51396 were in better condition so resources focused on these other vehicles over 52029.

However in March 2015 the vehicle was offered for sale as it was felt its restoration was unable to be taken on by the railway who had transferred restoration efforts onto Class 122 55019. Some enquiries were received but the railway took the vehicle off the market after only a month and returned it to storage. In a further U turn, the vehicle was indeed sold later that year, and moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway for restoration.

Initial assessments were encouraging with the vehicle proving watertight as winter weather set in. Mechanical restoration work was started immediately and in September 2015 an engine was started for the first time in many years.

Future Plans
To fully overhaul and later run with Class 117 51360.

 

SC52029 undergoing mechanical restoration, 9/9/15. GWSR Carriage & Wagon Blog

   

SC52029 arriving at it new home at Toddington, 17/8/15. Ian Butler

   

SC52029 stored at Cynheidre awaiting restoraion, 5/7/11. Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway

   

SC52029 stored inside the shed at Cynheidre with the line's Class 117 on the left, 6/2/11. Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway

   

SC52029 in store at Llangennech, 3/5/07. Royston Morris

   

SC52029 in store at Haverthwaite, where it was kept for 10 years awaiting conversion into an observation saloon, 24/6/00. Stuart Mackay