55032 Class 121 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Wensleydale Railway

Location History

Crewe (Basford Hall) 94-?

Current Location

Wensleydale Railway

 

Crewe (Heritage Centre) ?-Sep 05

Current Status

Operational

 

Wensleydale Railway May 15-Present

Current Livery

Arriva Trains Wales

   

TRA Designation

4

Visited Railways

East Lancashire Railway Jun 94

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

Chiltern Railways (Mainline) Sep 05-May 15

Owner

 

   

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

18 September 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None, although the vehicle is in far from original condition as its use on the mainline railway in the 21st century required it to be fitted with a modern interior and safetly features such as central door locking etc, all of which it retains.

Preservation Information
55032 was converted into a route learning/Sandite car by British Rail, but it is thought that the modifications for this role were not particularly severe.

Preserved in the early 1990’s by Pete Waterman, the vehicle made a brief appearance at the East Lancashire Railway for a diesel event before being relocated to Crewe Basford Hall.

The vehicle then spent several years with little operational activity, and was moved to the Heritage Centre site, also at Crewe. It was however reliveried twice during this period, carrying BR Blue and later BR Green.

By the year 2000 the vehicle was reported to have been overhauled with seat reuphostery and an engine overhaul having been carried out. The vehicle was advertised for sale at £33,000 by Rail Charter Services.

In September 2005, the vehicle was sold to mainline operator Arriva Trains Wales who extensively overhauled and returned the vehicle to mainline passenger use as a shuttle unit for their Cardiff Bay branch line. Although being based in Cardiff for several years, reliability of the unit was often poor, and 55032 was withdrawn from these duties in 2013 and sold to Chiltern Railways.

In June 2013, the vehicle was hired by the Llangollen Railway or a weekend to star at their annual railcar gala, it was later retuned to Chiltern Railways at put in store at their Aylesbury depot.

In March 2015 the vehicle, still in complete and operational condition, was put up for sale, and was purchased the following month by the Wensleydale Railway, effectively returning the vehicle into preservation after 10 years of mainline ownership. The vehicle was moved to its new home in May and was operating services only three days after arrival.

Future Plans
55032 has primarily been purchased to operate link services from the railway's headquarters at Leeming Bar eastwards to Northallerton.

 

55032, recently returned to preservation, stands at Leeming Bar, 4/7/15. Richard Thornton

   

55032 being hauled from Aylsbury to Tyseley and back into preservation, 28/4/15. Mark Miller

   

55032, being reliveried again, at Crewe, 20/5/01. David Beardmore

   

55032 at Crewe, summer 1997. Paul Moxon

   

55032, now in green, at Crewe, 15/2/97. David McGuire

   

55032, now repainted into BR Blue, at a Basford Hall open day, 27/8/95. Martin Sprigg

   

977842, at Basford Hall, Crewe, 21/8/94. Robert Frise

   

977842, seen at a East Lancs diesel event, June 1994. Bill Read