55006 Class 122 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Location History

Mid Norfolk Railway Feb 96-May 04

Current Location

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway May 04-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

TRA Designation

4

 

Midland Railway Butterley 06-Apr 07

Owner

Private

 

Severn Valley Railway Oct 10

Website

evrdmugroup.wix.com

 

 

Record Last Updated

21 September 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
55006 was withdrawn in September 1993 and required asbestos removal before preservation. This complete by 1995, the vehicle had been reduced internally to a shell, and was completely rebuilt by its owners prior to a return to traffic on the Mid Norfolk Railway in 1997 in green livery. A lot of work had also been done on the metalwork below the cab roof domes.

In May 1999, 55006 (along with 51572/56224) formed the opening train of the Mid Norfolk Railway's Wymondham extention.

The vehicle operated services for many years but was later moved to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in 2004.

In October 2004, the vehicle visited the Severn Valley Railway for the spectacular Railcar50 celebrations which involved a never-to-be-repeated line up of DMUs from all around the country at one gala event. This was only possible due to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Whilst at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway it has proved most useful as a single unit operating both on its own and in multiple with other vehicles. The vehicle was the final vehicle to travel on what is now the Severn Valley Railway in BR days before closure and has appropriately visited for galas at that railway. During the same period, the unit also spent some time at the Midland Railway Butterley where contact repair work was done around the cab at one end.

55006 spent summer 2011 out of traffic with vacuum leaks. The vehicle was returned to service after the faults were identified and a vacuum cylinder replaced.

December 2011 saw 55006 withdrawn from traffic for more substantial bodywork repairs. Moved undercover, the remaining time in 2011 was spend removing rotten lower sections of bodywork along the length of the vehicle and at the No2 cab end, along with internal stripping of the guards van area. Repairs then started, with several new door pillars, patches and bodyside sheeting welded in.

January 2012 saw the exhausts, cab windows and roof dome removed for cab end corrosion repairs. These had been completed by March 2012, with the dome & windows reinstalled. The spring and summer were spent on the long process of body sanding and filling, and this was completed with the vehicle in primer by July. The lower section of the No1 end cab was reskinned in August and most of the vehicle was in undercoat by September. October saw green gloss applied followed by the lining and numbering/lettering details. Some internal repairs in the guards compartment were later undertaken finished off by a van repaint.

Easter 2013 saw 55006 relaunched into passenger service, its 14 month refurbishment and repaint completed.

In March 2014, several of the interior door cards were sanded back and repainted. In October a blown cylinder head gasket required the heads of the No2 engine to be removed and repairs completed.

In June 2015 W55006 was on its travels again as it starred at the Llanollen Railway's annual Railcar Gala, returnign to its home in Derbyshire shortly afterwards.

After 20 years of ownership, the original owner of the vehicle decided to sell it in 2016, however this was not to affect the vehicle severely as the new owners were three private individuals already associated with the EVR, so 55003 remained there and in service without change.

55006 is a regular performer on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railwayand operates both singularly and in multiple with other sets.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

W55006 leads a 5-car formation out of Berwyn during the Llangollen Railway Railcar Gala, 19/6/15. Brian Battersby

   

W55006 is seen at Llagollen Goods Junction on a test run shortly before its guest gala appearance, 18/6/15. Ifan Huws

   

W55006 is unloaded at Llamngollen for its gala visit, 17/6/15. Ifan Huws

   

W55006 at Wash Green during a test run to prove some repairs, which were completed making the vehicle ready for the 2015 running season, 5/2/15. Leigh Gration

   

A blown cylinder head gasket required the heads of the No2 engine to be removed and repairs completed, 10/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

W55006 leads an impressive 6-car formation at Wirksworth prior to the railway hosting a bus rally, 10/5/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

W55006 stabled at Wirksworth, 9/2/14. Chris Walker

   

W55006 lines up alongside E55012 at Wirksworth. Leigh Gration

   

W55006 meets E55012 at Wirksworth, 29/10/13. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

E55012 and W55006 posed at Wirksworth after dark, 29/10/13. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

W55006 shines at Wirksworth during Easter weekend after being relaunched into traffic after its external restoration work, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

W55006 shines at Wirksworth during Easter weekend after being relaunched into traffic after its external restoration work, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

W55006 edges closer to completion at Wirksworth, 2/12/12. John Stokes

   

M55006 has now reverted to its original number, W55006, during the lettering section of the repaint, 24/10/12. Leigh Gration

   

W55006's repaint draws to a close, with the lining, front end yellow panel and blue squares now completed. The exhausts have also been refitted, 24/10/12. Leigh Gration

   

The cycling lion freshly applied, 18/10/12. Leigh Gration

   

Repainted underframe components, 14/10/12. Leigh Gration

   

No1 end bodywork completed and in primer. The rest of the vehicle is slightly ahead with a first cot of green gloss, 3/10/12. Leigh Gration

   

Work progresses on the (replaced) No1 end, whilst the bodysides are now in undercoat, 25/9/12. Leigh Gration

   

A new front end below the windows at the No1 end, 9/8/12. Leigh Gration

   

M55006 now in primer and the windows/fittings in undercoat, 25/7/12. Leigh Gration

   

Summer being spent on bodywork between the cabs on M55006, 21/6/12. Leigh Gration

   

The No2 end cab of M55006, with the roof dome and windows now reinstalled, 22/3/12. Leigh Gration

   

A rare unobstructed view of M55006 in the shed during a shunt, showing the area where most of the repairs have been focussed on, 5/3/12. Leigh Gration

   

A view of the guards van door surround showing the new metalwork and door pillar, 23/2/12. Leigh Gration

   

The cab window areas, now repaired, 25/1/12. Leigh Gration

   

View of the corrosion where the roof dome (now removed) meets the top of the cab, 17/1/12. Dan Smith

   

M55006 inside the works having bodywork repairs. Here, a start has been made on cutting out the corroded metal from the No2 cab end, which is (typically for Derby designed vehicles with these cabs) at the bottom amongst other places, 7/12/11. Leigh Gration

   

M55006 inside the works having bodywork repairs. Volunteers are working their way down the vehicle cutting out and replating corroded bodywork around the bottom of the vehicle. Some repairs at different stages can be seen here, 7/12/11. Leigh Gration

   

M55006, now back in traffic following a vacuum cylinder fault, stands at Duffield, 17/6/11. Leigh Gration

   

M55006 at Arley at the Severn Valley Railway, 9/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 & M79900 in multiple at Kidderminster prior to operating a special train to "The Engine House" at Highley for a TRA meeting at the Severn Valley Railway, 9/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 & M79900 in multiple at Kidderminster prior to operating a special train to "The Engine House" at Highley for a TRA meeting at the Severn Valley Railway, 9/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 meets the resident 108 set at Highley during a day of driver experiences during the TRA Covention at the Severn Valley Railway, 7/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 at Bewdley at the end of a day of driver experiences during the TRA Covention at the Severn Valley Railway, 7/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 at Wirksworth operating ERavenstor shuttles during the TRA Covention at Wirksworth, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 at Ravenstor having just climbled the incline during the TRA Covention at Wirksworth, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 leads a 6-car formation for an evening special during the TRA Covention at Wirksworth, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

They say it couldn't and shouldn't be done - but W51360 and M55006 pulled four goods wagons together weighing around 100T up the 8.5 mile constant gradient from Duffield to Wirksworth as if they weren't even there! 30/11/08. Leigh Gration

   

M55006 and M51188 on a beautiful autumn day at Wirksworth. The bubble car was doing the Gorsey Bank trips, the 2-car Met-Cam (with E51505) was doing parallel demonstration runs, 20/10/07. Richard Buckby

   

M55006 arriving into Butterley during a DMU Gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 waiting for passengers at Butterley during a DMU Gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 at Swanwick Junction during a DMU Gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

M55006 crossing Butterley Reservoir, 15/7/06. Chris Moxon

   

At Wirksworth, 14/1/06. Simon Edwards

   

On the Ecclesbourne Valley Line, late 2004. Neil Ferguson-Lee

   

M55006 in service at Bewdley, 16/10/04. David Beardmore

   

At Kidderminster Town, 16/10/04. Simon Edwards

   

At Kidderminster Town, 16/10/04. Simon Edwards

   

At Kidderminster during Railcar50, 13/10/04. Stuart Mackay

   

M55006 on a private run to Duffield station, at that time still very overgrown, February 2004. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

M55006 stabled at Dereham, June 2003. Chris Boon

   

On the Mid Norfolk Railway, 16/9/01. Paul Moxon

   

55006 in service at Wymondham Abbey with 51572 & 56224. Martin Reeve

 

Interior

 

W55006's repainted guards van ceiling, 30/9/12. Leigh Gration

   

Cab view of 55006 (driver's side), 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

Cab view of 55006 (secondman's side), 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the main (front) saloon, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the smaller (rear) saloon, facing the No1 (non guards) end of the vehicle, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the smaller (rear) saloon, facing the No2 (guards) end of the vehicle, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the guards van, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon