56289 Class 121 Driving Trailer Second

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Location History

Battlefield Line 93-Jul 05

Current Location

East Lancashire Railway

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Jul 05-May 09

Current Status

Operational

 

East Lancashire Railway May 09-Present

Current Livery

BR Blue (Full Yellow End)

 

 

TRA Designation

3

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

55001

   

Owner

Private

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

13 May 2013

   

Preservation Modifications
Extra charging wire added to allow partner 55001 to help keep 56289's batteries charged and the heaters etc working.

Preservation Information
56289 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 by the Battlefield Line in 1993 after withdrawl in December of the previous year.

Thought to have been placed into service relatively quickly, the vehicle ran as a “suburban power trailer” set with Class 116 DMBS 51131, being repainted into BR Blue & Grey in 1996 to match.

However the decision to rationalise the extensive Battlefield fleet resulted in 56289 being sold on, and was moved to the embryonic Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in 2005.

Whilst there little work was required to the vehicle, but it operated as both a DMU (Class 117 DMBS 51360 being an aesthetically suitable partner) and as a push-pull trailer car for their 1-in-27 short Ravenstor branch which was operated by diesel locomotives.

The line also had a Class 122 single unit, 55006, similar to the Class 121 single units 56289 was built to operate with. 56289 was repainted Green, presumably to match 55006 and this more historically accurate role.

However a decision by the line’s DMU group to move away from power-trailer configurations resulted in 56289 being put up for sale in 2009, being relocated to the East Lancashire Railway who had just finished the restoration of Class 122 55001.

The vehicle arrived at the ELR in May 2009 and following a quick fault rectification session was in service in the line by July.

In November 2009 the vehicle was fully repainted into BR Blue, to match its new partner, 55001. 56289 had now therefore carried all four of its BR liveries in preservation.

Since then 56289 has settled down into ELR service, operating many trains at weekends during the low season, and midweek during high summer. It operates with 55001, which although strictly speaking a Class 122 is otherwise an authentic single unit to operate with, as originally intended. 56289 is used to boost 55001's capacity at busy times.

Future Plans
To maintain in service

 

W56289 & W55001 at Bury with the 14:25 Rawtenstall-Heywood during the DMU Day, 16/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

Corridor end view of W56289 at Bury with the 14:25 Rawtenstall-Heywood during the DMU Day, 16/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289/W55001 wait to depart Bury Bolton Street (Platform 3) with the 10:10 Bury-Heywood service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289/W55001 wait to depart Heywood with the 10:40 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289/W55001arrive into Ramsbottom with the 11:55 Rawtenstall-Heywood crossing M51922 on the 11:30 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289/W55001 stand at Ramsbottom with the 11:55 Rawtenstall-Heywood during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289 & W55001 arrive slowly into Bury on the tight curve from Heywood during the DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

W56289 & W55001 wait for thge NRM's Class 101 unit to pass at Bury with a Rawtenstall-Heywood service during the DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

W56289 & W55001 near Heap Bridge Quarry having just crossed the M66 motorway with a Rawtenstall-Heywood service during the DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

W56289 & W55001 wait time at Rawtenstall with a Heywood service during the DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

W56289 & W55001 wait time at Rawtenstall with a Heywood service during the DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

W56289 shortly after arrival at the East Lancashire Railway in Baron St sidings, 8/09. Chris Adams

   

54289 in service as a loco-hauled push pull trailer, 14/1/06.

   

54289 soon after arriving on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, it sits on the line's fierce 1 in 27 gradient paired with Class 117 DMBS 51360. Neil Ferguson-Lee

   

M54289 on the Battlefield Railway, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay

   

54289 after arriving at the Battlefield Railway. Ian Francis

 

Interior

 

W56289's cab, driver's side, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289's cab, secondman's side, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289's front saloon, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289's middle saloon, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

W56289's rear saloon, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon