56015 Class 114 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Midland Railway Butterley

Location History

Midland Railway Butterley Apr 04-Present

Current Location

Midland Railway Butterley



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Blue (Half Yellow End)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





MRT Railcar Group






Record Last Updated

13 November 2018


Preservation Modifications
None, but the vehicle retains considerable departmental modifications.

Preservation Information
56015 survived beyond many other DMUs on the national network due to it being heavily converted for departmental use. Its original interior has been removed entirely and is effectively a new vehicle in its own right. The MRT Railcar Group purchased 56015, and partner 50015, and soon made the set operational.

56015 was repainted into BR Blue with half yellow warning panels to give the set a more heritage focussed appearance. It was used with 50015 at the railway's DMU gala in 2006.

The set saw very limited use due to its passenger carrying capacity being severely limited. However it saw use at several galas as the vehicle has a small area which can accommodate a limited number of people. Some evening specials were also able to be operated.

Sadly 56015's operational status was sharply terminated in the mid 2010's, after the set was broken into and vandalised. Various metal items and pipework were stolen from partner 50015 rendering the set unable to be used. Due to commitments with the passenger carrying sets (including the original Class 114 set 50019/56006) which had also been vandalised, 56015 had to be stored to await its turn for repairs.

56015 & 50015 are both currently stored until volunteer resources can be found to repair the vandal damage and return them to service.

Future Plans
Once resources become available 50015 will have its vandal damage repaired after which it, and therefore also 56015, can be made operational once again. Plans for the future involve using the set as volunteer messing accommodation which may involve some more minor modifications. The owning group have no plans to convert 56015 back into original configuration, so it will remain preserved in its departmental format.


56015 & 50015 passing the yard at Butterley, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon


On a Fish & Chip special at Butterley, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon


In the sidings at Swanwick Junction, 27/9/08. Daniel Adkins


Heading out of Butterley station during the DMU gala, 8/10/05. John Miller


Outside the carriage shed at Butterley. Ian Francis


977776 in the 'DMU cutting' at Butterley. It was graffitied between purchase and actual removal from Thornaby, 30/10/04. Stuart Mackay