141103 - 55523 Class 141 Driving Motor Second Lavatory

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Weardale Railway

Location History

Weardale Railway ?-Present

Current Location

Weardale Railway



Current Status




Current Livery

Non Standard Chocolate & Cream



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)











Record Last Updated

9 November 2012


Preservation Modifications

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

Although the exact date of preservation is uncertain, most of the Class 141s in preservation were bought in the early 2000’s. 55523 was moved to the growing Weardale Railway, who were interested in acquiring reliable rolling stock for an all-year-round community service.

55523 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. Components from 141110 have kept 55523 in good mechanical condition.

In January 2012, the Weardale discontinued its Community service, and the workload for 55523 was therefore significantly reduced, although it remains an operational resident and stalwart of the line.

Future Plans


141103 (55503 & 55523) in service on the Weardale Railway, 23/6/09. Anon Mouse


141103 (55503 & 55523) in service on the Weardale Railway, 23/6/09. Anon Mouse