56182 Class 104 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Churnet Valley RailwayJun 00-Feb 15

Current Location

North Norfolk Railway

 

North Norfolk Railway Feb 15-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration

   

Current Livery

BR Blue

 

 

TRA Designation

1

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Kevin Dowd & Robert Simpson

 

 

Website

www.brcw.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

13 May 2018

   

Preservation Modifications
Being an ex Sandite "Departmental" vehicle, modifications made by BR remain present on the vehicle. These include the removal of passenger seating, interior bulkheads cut away, various extra holes in walls and floors for pipework and a propelling control drivers position located where the corridor connection should be. All of these modifications are in the process of being reversed during the vehicle's major restoration, and it is intended the vehicle to be in original unmodified condition when it re-enters passenger service in preservation.

Preservation Information
56182 is the only surviving Class 104 driving trailer car, and was the last Class 104 remaining on the national network. It survived in use (and after 1994 in store) at Buxton, converted into a Sandite vehicle in 1987, consequently none of the seating survived, two interior bulkheads were cut away to allow the fitting of Sandite tanks and a propelling control drivers position was fitted in place of the corridor connection.

However the extended life which the departmental role gave the vehicle allowed it to eventually be preserved, joining the other 12 Class 104 vehicles which were saved in 1992. It was prepared in 1998 for a move to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, a proposal which later fell through.

In 2000 however, the vehicle was moved to the Churnet Valley Railway, having to be craned out from Buxton TMD onto the road transporter as the rail connection to the depot had been removed!

56182 had to integrate with a 104 restoration plan formulated in the mid 1990’s in which the vehicle played no part. It therefore “joined the queue”, taking its place in storage at Oakamoor Sand Sidings, while the restorations of 50455 & 50517 were completed.

As 56182 was in better condition than the DMCL for the Churnet Valley’s second 104 set, 50437 & 50494, the vehicle was earmarked for restoration alongside 50437 to provide a second 2-car set. However after completion of 50455/50517’s restoration, the railway requested a quick capacity boost as the 2-car set was not providing enough seats for busier events. This lead to TCL 59137 (a vehicle in much poorer condition than the others) jumping the restoration queue due to its operational appeal in creating a 3-car set. 56182 therefore remained in storage.

In November 2004, 56182 was sheeted over to offer some protection from the harsh Staffordshire winters.

In July 2008, the vehicle was dragged out of storage and unsheeted, and was treated to a 2 month “fast-track” external restoration which included a brush up and a coat of BR Blue. The mechanics of the vehicle were also serviced to a standard where it was capable of being operated as a hauled Sandite coach again with a diesel loco. In September, the vehicle was resplendent alongside 37075, and recreated the Buxton Sandite trains at the Scenic Railcar Weekend. After the event, 56182 returned to storage.

In October 2012, 56182 was attacked by metal theives whilst in storage. Many "removable" items from the exterior were forcably detached and stolen. This triggered some essetial work to resecure the vehicle, with remaining parts which were relatively easy to remove on the outside being taken from the vehicle and transferred to a more secure location. The vehicle was then resheeted with replacement tarpaulins and returned to store.

During 2013 the vehicle suffered further attacks with all the cabling underneath the vehicle being stolen and several windows were also broken when thieves forced entry.

January 2014 was an important milestone in 56182's history, with the announcement that its full restoration to original condition was to commence. That same month saw the interior woodwork from the sides of the passenger saloons stripped out for restoration off site in Norfolk. Subsequent months saw these components stripped of old varnish, sanded, revarnished and then stored awaiting refitting later in the restoration. The first of these were completed in July. July also saw electrical and cosmetic restoration of the cab components start, this work continuing until the end of the year.

In February 2015, agreement was reached to progress the restoration of 56182 at the North Norfolk Railway and operate it there once completed. The vehicle was duly relocated from the Churnet Valley that month. Due to a lack of siding space at the North Norfolk Railway's main workshops at Weybourne, 56182 was immediately put inside Bridge Road carriage shed at Holt and work on the interior components continued. Most of the fibreglass panels which form the interior of the cab were restored during this period, along with many air and electrical components removed from the cab desk. The four wooden interior sliding doors and many toilet fittings also received attention. During November, capacity in the yard at Weybourne became available and 56182 was accommodated next to the Carriage & Wagon workshops where work on the vehicle itself could begin.

The early part of 2016 saw the refurbishment of the six exterior doors undertaken, which were then stored in component form ready for reassembly. The spring saw a break from 56182 itself whilst a restoration tent was built around the front third of the vehicle. This allowed the commencement of the bodywork repairs and the First Class saloon was repaired during the early summer. The autumn saw bodywork concentrate on the cab front, which had most of its framework renewed during this period. The panelwork was unable to be finished however as issues were encountered obtaining replacement laser cut panels. Significant corrosion was found under the cab floor so this all had to be ripped out and repalced during the winter.

Into 2017, the first task was serious repairs/rebuilding of damaged roof domes and cab ceilings, both of which were made from fibreglass. These alone took until May to complete! During the year, the seating was repaired and reupholstered, which was done prematurely as advantageous terms of payment were available at that particular time with the upholsterers. The upholstered seating was stored to await its time to shine! By the autumn, the roof above the first class area of the vehicle had been stripped back to bare metal, original roof vents reinstated and then repainted. The gutters were also cleaned out and repainted. During the winter months, all of the wooden retaining bars that hold the glass into the first class saloon were stripped, repaired and revarnished. Also restored were the aluminium window frames from the same saloon and the sliding lights. The two ceiling panels from the first class saloon were repanelled, framework repaired and then repainted ready to refit.

In 2018, the first task was serious repairs of the cab-to-passenger-saloon bulkheads which had suffered from water ingress. This involved veneer splicing amongst other skills followed by heavy sanding and the more usual repairs and revarnishing. Other components restored in the spring included the dynamo, horns and the six exterior bodyside door skins which were remounted on their frames and painted.

Future Plans
Short term plans include the progression of the restoration as swiftly as is practical. During the warmer months, the body rebuild of the First Class saloon and cab end will be undertaken. During winter, restoration will retreat inside the sheds where any components removed during the summer will be restored ready for refitting.

The mid term future will see attention turn to the electrics and mechanics of the vehicle, including a full rewire to reverse the damage done previously by thieves. Once the exterior and underneath are restored, the interior components (already restored) will be rapidly fitted completing the restoration. All of the departmental modifications will be removed as part of the restoration, as the group wish to preserve 56182 in its original condition due to its historical significance. This will not be a difficult task, as all the missing components (seats, bulkheads and corridor connection) have already been obtained and are held in store, so it is envisaged that restoration of this converted vehicle will be no greater task than that of an unmodified vehicle. Once fit for service, 56182 will see limited use at the North Norfolk Railway as required, probably paired with a Class 101.

Longer term, 56182 is to enter regular service with one of the group's fiveClass 104 Driving Motor Brake vehicle's, which will recreate its original 2-car formation as delivered in 1958.

 

56182's front third sees daylight for the first time in two years, whilst its restoration tent (which had started leaking) was rebuilt, 12/5/18. Chris Moxon

   

56182's front third sees daylight for the first time in two years, whilst its restoration tent (which had started leaking) was rebuilt, 12/5/18. Chris Moxon

   

The roof above the first class area stripped and repainted, 2/9/17. Chris Moxon

   

Bodywork repairs progressing along the No2 side, 28/5/16. Chris Moxon

   

56182 dissapearing inside a tent-like structure erected to aid its restoration, 17/4/16. Chris Moxon

   

Access to the vehicle has been created through a temporary door put in place of the corridor connection (removed and plated over in 1987) after adjusting the tarpaulin to reveal the end, 29/11/15. Chris Moxon

   

During November, capacity in the yard at Weybourne became available and ADB977554 (M56182) was accommodated where work on the vehicle itself could begin. It is seen here being shunted in the yard, 8/11/15. Chris Moxon

   

Due to a lack of siding space at the North Norfolk Railway's main workshops at Weybourne, ADB977554 (M56182) was immediately put inside Bridge Road carriage shed at Holt after arriving at the railway, 9/8/15. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 (ex M56182) on a Reid Transport low loader, climbing out of Kingsley, on its journey from the Churnet Valley eastwards to the North Norfolk, 4/2/15. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 at Cheddleton being resheeted, the original tarpaulins having been stolen in order to carry further stolen materials off site! 24/10/12. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 at Oakamoor after being vandalised, 24/2/12. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 stored at Oakamoor, 13/11/10. Q47541M

   

ADB977554 awaiting its turn for restoration at Oakamoor, 10/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 arrives into Consall in the early morning during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 arrives into Consall in the early morning during the Scenic Railcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 stands at Cheddleton during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 stands at Cheddleton during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 stands at Cheddleton during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

A view of the converted propelling end of ADB977554 at Cheddleton during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

A view of the converted propelling end of ADB977554 at Froghall during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 passes Consall Wood during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 passes Bolton's Works during the Scenic Rauilcar Weekend where the vehicle was operating demonstration Sandite trains with 37075, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 during a mini night shoot at Cheddleton, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

A view of ADB977554's numbers/Sandite branding, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 at Oakamoor during a 2 month “fast-track” external restoration which included a brush up and a coat of BR Blue. The mechanics of the vehicle were also serviced to a standard where it was capable of being operated as a hauled Sandite coach again with a diesel loco, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 at Oakamoor during a 2 month “fast-track” external restoration which included a brush up and a coat of BR Blue. The mechanics of the vehicle were also serviced to a standard where it was capable of being operated as a hauled Sandite coach again with a diesel loco, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554, now sheeted over, awaiting its turn for restoration at Oakamoor, 13/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 makes a rare (its first) appearance at Cheddleton where it was put on display for the 2007 Scenic Railcar Weekend and Annual Railcar Convention, 28/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554 in store at Buxton shortly before the move into preservation, 1999. Paul Moxon



Interior

 

Freshly restored first class bulkheads, 4/2/18. Chris Moxon

   

The renewed cab floor now in place, 20/1/17. Chris Moxon

   

The cab floor having been removed and corrosion dealt with. Components are now being restored following which the floor can be refitted, 12/1/17. Chris Moxon

   

The first class and cab areas during the early stages of their restoration, 25/6/16. Chris Moxon

   

The cab desk after most remaining components had been stripped out and the fibreglass interior panels removed for restoration, 15/11/15. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554's cab (drivers side). Note how miost of the contriols were removed for departmental use, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554's cab (secondmans side). Note how miost of the contriols were removed for departmental use, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554's first class saloon. Some 108 seating was installed, presumably for Sandite operators' use, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554's middle saloon. You can see the two bulkheads separtaing the middle and rear saloons had been cut away for the Sandite equipment, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

ADB977554's rear saloon. The steel frame on the left and tank on the right are the remains of the Sandite equipment, most of which was removed prior to preservation, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

A view of some of ADB977554's departmental modifications. The vehicle was required to be propelled in both directions, so the corridor connection was removed and a lookout's seat installed, complete with (rather overengineered!) desk and vacuum valve, 27/7/08. Chris Moxon