55009 Class 122 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Mid Norfolk Railway

Location History

Private Site: Kings Lynn (storage) 95-97

Current Location

Mid Norfolk Railway

 

Mid Norfolk Railway97-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Owner

Chris Nesbitt

 

 

Website

www.facebook.com/EastAnglianRailcarGroup

   

Record Last Updated

7 May 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
55009 was withdrawn from service in September 1993, and was asbestos stripped shortly afterwards at MC Metals before entering preservation.

Following a period in storage at Kings Lynn, restoration at the Mid Norfolk Railwaywas slow and steady.

However in the late 2000's a change in ownership saw acceleration in restoration progress.

2009 saw much engine work undertaken on the vehicle. Further work on the powertrains progressed over the next few years, with the focus on getting the vehicle operational.

By 2012 mechanical restoration had surged forwards. May and June saw the conclusion of much work on replacement engines for the vehicle, and on 4th June 2012 the vehicle moved for the first time in preservation. On the evening of 30th September, the vehicle undertook its first "proper" test run in preservation, two return trips from Dereham to Yaxham in multiple with 59117 & 51503. A week or so later the vehicle had received a coat of green paint complete with half yellow panels. The vehicle was operating in traffic (albeit not carrying passengers) during the October "Multiple Matters" DMU event.

During 2014/2015 most restoration work on 55009 was suspended whilst group members focussed on the overhauls of other DMU's on the railway.

Future Plans
To complete the restoration of the vehicle and operate in passenger service at the Mid Norfolk Railway.

 

55009 in the yard at Dereham, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

55009 at Wymondham on its first day on a public service, 20/10/12

   

55009 having moved for the first time in preservation on its isolated panel of track, behind the resoration team which made it happen, 4/6/12. East Anglian Railcar Group

   

55009 at Dereham, 7/5/12. East Anglian Railcar Group

   

Newly installed engine on 55009, 7/5/12. East Anglian Railcar Group

   

55009 at Dereham, 30/7/09. Chris Moxon

   

55009 at Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

55009 at Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

55009's cab at Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

55009's underframe at Dereham, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

55009 at Dereham, 15/3/08. Simon Edwards

   

55009 at Dereham, 15/3/08. Simon Edwards

   

55009 under restoration at Dereham. Martin Reeves

   

55009 on the Mid-Norfolk Railway, 16/9/01. Paul Moxon

   

55009 at Dereham shortly after arrival, 27/7/97. On tour with the class 13 army

 

Interior

 

55009's No2 end driving controls, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

55009's No2 end cab, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

Newly installed air axle panel in 55009's No2 end cab, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

55009's guards van, under restoration, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

Cab view of 55009, drivers side, 5/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

Cab view of 55009, secondmans side, 5/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

Under the cab desk of 55009, 5/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

View of the main passenger saloon, 5/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

View of the main passenger saloon, 5/7/11. Paul Moxon