56287 Class 121 Driving Trailer Second

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Colne Valley Railway

Location History

Mangapps Railway Museum 93-04

Current Location

Epping & Ongar Railway

 

Colne Valley Railway 04-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

Visited Railways

Epping & Ongar Railway Feb 17-Present

TRA Designation

3

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51384

   

Owner

Pressed Steel Heritage Ltd

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

12 October 2018

   

Preservation Modifications
BR fitted corridor connection not removed.

Preservation Information
56287 latterly saw extended use on British Rail under Network SouthEast, being re-liveried and refurbished for the purpose. It therefore survived long enough to be preserved at the Mangapps Railway Museum in 1993 after it was withdrawn in April the previous year. It became the first vehicle in Pressed Steel Heritage's extensive fleet.

Placed into service relatively quickly, 56287 was intended to run with Class 117 51347 but unfortunately the arrangement was not in favour at Mangappsand 56287 was split off and used as a loco hauled push-pull trailer to provide passenger rides with the museum’s extensive collection of industrial steam and diesel locomotives. Pressed Steel Heritage moved to the Colne Valley Railway shortly afterwards at 56287 wa sold to the Mangapps Railway Museum where in continued in use for a decade as a hauled coach.

In 2004 the museum generously agreed to swap 56287 with Pressed Steel Heritage for Class 117 DMS 51381. This was done so that 56287 (by now one of only three surviving Class 121 DTS vehicles) could be returned to its historically accurate role of a capacity-boosting trailer for a Class 121 single unit, in this case 55033 at the Colne Valley Railway. The Class 117 DMS was made more desirable to swap by being freshly repainted, whereas 56287 by this point was in need of a repaint.

56287 moved to the Colne Valley where it was restored to original condition (tungsten lighting and original Formica returned) to operate with 55033. It became the only authentic single unit/trailer pair in preservation, although sister vehicle 56289 does operate with a very similar Class 122 single unit at the East Lancashire Railway.

In November 2010 the vehicle was fully repainted into BR Green.

During 2012 the seating was reupholstered and the interior received work to improve its appearance.

56287 was hired to the Epping & Ongar Railway in 2017 to oprate as a 2-car set with their Class 117 DMS 51384. This was to allow the restoration of 51384's long term partner to be completed.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

W56287/51384 call at the normally closed Blake Hall station whilst operating driver experience trips, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

W56287/51384 in the Essex countryside whilst operating driver experience trips, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

W56287/51384 in the Essex countryside whilst operating driver experience trips, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

Pressed Steel Heritage have spent September repainting W56287. It has been painted Mid Brunswick supplied by Williamsons, 19/9/11. Martin Smith

   

W56287 stabled at Castle Headingham, 12/9/10. David Beardmore

   

W56287 & W55033 in action on the Colne Valley Railway operating Railcar Association driver experiences for the 2008 annual convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W56287 & W55033 in action on the Colne Valley Railway operating Railcar Association driver experiences for the 2008 annual convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W56287 & W55033 in action on the Colne Valley Railway operating Railcar Association driver experiences for the 2008 annual convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

Cab end view of W56287 on the Colne Valley Railway, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

What makes W56287 different: the combination of being a trailer car with driving cab and also of high-desnsity suburban construction, of which only two vehicles now survive, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

 

Interior

 

View of the cab, drivers side, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab, secondmans side, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

View of the front passenger saloon, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

View of the middle passenger saloon, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

View of the rear passenger saloon, 5/10/18. Chris Moxon

   

Reupholstered seating fitted to W56287, 23/9/12. Martin Smith

   

Cab view (driver's side) of W56287, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

Cab view (secondman's side) of W56287, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon looking forwards towards the rear of the vehicle, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon looking towards the rear of the vehicle, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon looking towards the rear of the vehicle, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon