141103 - 55503 Class 141 Driving Motor Second (Scrapped)

Last Location

Weardale Railway

Location History

Weardale Railway 99-Mar 18

Current Status

Scrapped at Weardale RailwayMar 18

 

 

Last Livery

Non Standard Chocolate & Cream

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

55523

Record Last Updated

3 April 2018

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
55503 was preserved as a complete set with partner 55523. Unlike first generation railcars, it was far more common for Class 141 units to operate in their as-built formations, 55503 & 55523 were therefore bought as a complete 2-car set, more commonly known by their set number: 141103.

Although the exact date of preservation is uncertain, most of the Class 141s in preservation were bought in 1999. 55503 was moved to the growing Weardale Railway, who were interested in acquiring reliable rolling stock for an all-year-round community service.

55503 was repainted into a non authentic Chocolate & Cream livery, with Weardale Railway branding, and entered service operating a very significant amount of the Weardale’s passenger services from the mid to late 2000’s.

2010-2012 was the peak period for the Weardale’s Bishop Aukland-Stanhope community service which in the end proved to be a failure. 55503 was subjected to very large (by preservation standards) levels of use during this period, and gearbox problems and other component failures started to become an issue for the vehicle.

In January 2012, the Weardale discontinued its community service, and the workload for 55503 was therefore significantly reduced, however regular continued use would require investment which would not be forthcoming.

55503 last operated in 2014 when it appeared in an episode of TV drama Vera. It was then placed into storage due to scrap sized wheelsets and other long running issues.

In March 2018 the vehicle was extracted from store and scrapped along with partner 55523 and spares donor 55510. It is not known if they were cut on site or transported to a scrapyard for final dismantling. The disposal of these three vehicles left the Weardale railway with no 2nd generation vehicles.

The loss of 55503 left just two Class 141 sets in preservation.

 

141103 (55503 & 55523) in service on the Weardale Railway, 15/6/10. David Beardmore

   

141103 (55503 & 55523) at Stanhope, 23/6/09.Anon Mouse

 

Interior

 

The main passenger saloon inside 55503, 23/6/09.Anon Mouse