141108 - 55508 Class 141 Driving Motor Second

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Colne Valley Railway

Location History

Mid Norfolk Railway Jul 00-May 05

Current Location

Colne Valley Railway

 

Colne Valley Railway May 05-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

Blue & Grey

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

55528

 

 

Owner

Colne Valley Diesels Ltd

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

11 March 2013

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
55508 was preserved as a complete set with partner 55528. Unlike first generation railcars, it was far more common for Class 141 units to operate in their as-built formations, 55508 & 55528 are therefore preserved as a complete 2-car set, more commonly known by its set number: 141108.

55508 & 55528 were one of the four sets to be saved for preservation, and were moved to the Mid Norfolk Railway having been purchased by Carter’s Coaches of Ipswich.

In October 2002, sufficient work on the set had been completed to enable its first move since withdrawal. 141108 became the first second generation DMU to operate in preservation.

However the vehicles were later deemed as unsuitable for the line, and in 2005 55508 & 55528 were relocated to the Colne Valley Railway, under custodianship of Colne Valley Diesels Ltd.

Under the new arrangement, much restoration work was completed ion 55508 and the set re-entered service in July 2006.

In 2007, the set was sold to custodians Colne Valley Diesels Ltd.

In June 2010, the vehicle was repainted into BR Blue & Grey livery, which suits the vehicle well despite the fact that most Class 141s never carried this colour scheme.

55508 & 55528 remain in traffic on the Colne Valley Railway, and operate occasionally on off-peak services and at diesel events.

Future Plans
None

 

141108 (55508 & 55528) stabled at Castle Headingham, 28/3/12. Ian McLoughlin

   

141108 (55508 & 55528) in operation during the 2008 TRA convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

55508 stabled during the 2008 TRA convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

141108 (55508 & 55528) during a mini gala on the Colne Valley Railway, 2/7/06. Tony Fox

   

55508 stabled at Dereham with 55006 visible in the background. Martin Reeve

   

141108 (55508 & 55528) at the Mid-Norfolk Railway, 16/9/01. Stuart Mackay

 

Interior

 

The cab, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The main saloon, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon