56270 Class 108 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

Home Railway

Mid Norfolk Railway

Location History

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway94-Oct 14

Current Location

Mid Norfolk Railway

 

Mid Norfolk RailwayOct 14-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

 

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

 

 

TRA Designation

5

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51942

 

 

Owner

Chris Nesbitt

 

 

Website

www.facebook.com/EastAnglianRailcarGroup

   

Record Last Updated

7 May 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
56270 was preserved in 1994 on the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway along with three other Class 108 vehicles. 56270 was not considered as the vehicle in the best condition so was put in storage as a second set paired with51942.

A remarkable 20 year period followed with 56270 remaining in storage, albeit relatively complete, awaiting its turn in the Gwent 108 Group's restoration queue.

In 2014, a sale was agreed and 56270 moved to its new home at the Mid Norfolk Railway. Restoration started immediately with interior woodwork being removed from the windows and restored/revarnished. All mechanical linkages were also oiled up and made to operate again.

In 2015, all the woodwork from the driver' side was removed for stripping, treating and revarnishing,whilst preparations were made to replace the missing glass on the secondman's side.

Future Plans
It is the intention to restore 56270 to service, which will allow much needed capacity on busy days, as well as operating with the group's Class 101 51434 once it has completed it's extensive restoration.

 

54270 shortly after arrival at Dereham, on static display during the Multiple Matters gala, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

54270 after being unloaded at its new home the Mid Norfolk Railway, 16/10/14. Derek Orr

   

54270 en-route to Norfolk along the A11 on the transporter, 15/10/14. Gary Brezeck

   

54270, now without windows, stored, 8/12/12. Peter Dickinson

   

56270 in storage at Furness Sidings, 27/8/06. Simon Edwards

   

56270 in storage at Furness Sidings, 2/7/05. Stuart Mackay

   

56270 in storage at Furness Sidings, 7/7/01. Simon Jones

 

Interior

 

The cab (driver's side) of 54270 prior to restoration, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

The cab (secondman's side) of 54270 prior to restoration, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

The first class saloon of 54270 prior to restoration, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon of 54270 prior to restoration, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon of 54270 prior to restoration, 1/11/14. Chris Moxon

   

The interior of 54270 on arrival at the Mid Norfolk Railway, 18/10/14. East Anglian Railcar Group