56301 Class 100 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Chasewater Railway 69-Oct 93

Current Location

Mid Norfolk Railway (County School)

 

Mid Norfolk Railway Nov 96-Aug 99

Current Status

Static Display

 

Mid Norfolk Railway (County School) Aug 99-Present

TRA Designation

3

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

Visited Railways

Sellafield Uranium Fuel Centre (Storage) Oct 93-95

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

King's Lynn Sugar Factory (Storage) 95-Nov 96

Owner

Mid Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

10 April 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
The first class saloon has had tables fitted. The second class saloons are fitted with green carpets. A non-standard front route indicator is fitted.

Preservation Information
56301 is believed to be the very first DMU preserved, at the Chasewater Railway in 1969. It was painted maroon and used for many years as a loco hauled coach.

By 1993 56301 was surplus to requirements and began a three year journey to the Mid Norfolk Railway where it moved between several storage sites & several owners whilst continuing to deteriorate in condition.

In 1996 it was thoroughly cleaned ready for proposed use by the National Diesel Railcar Museum project, which later collapsed. Having been threatened with scrapping several times it was eventually sold the Mid Norfolk Preservation trust in 1999 and moved to their northern outpost, County School, which was cut off from the rest of the line. After arriving at County School 56301 received cosmetic attention and the interior was restored with a seating area and exhibition in the rear saloon.

In 2011, 56301 was declared contaminated by an asbestos inspector, the interior being designated a no-go zone to both the public and restoration volunteers. This trigged a period of encapulation and bodywork restoration to make the vehicle useful as a static vehicle once again. The bodywork started with the replacement of rotten material on the cab front end. During 2012, 56301 was transformed on the secondman's side with the application of a coat of green paint, concluding the bodywork repairs which had been undertaken on that side. Work on the cab front also continued over that year. 2013 saw similar work undertaken on the driver's side of the vehicle. Work on the cab front also continued over that year. The interior was also stripped of its seats, the heater ducting repainted and carpets fitted to the second class saloons. In 2014 the refresh work was completed on the No1 side which emerged in green to match the No2 side, and the following year the exterior refresh was completed with the conclusion of work on the cab and corridor ends, making 56301 a presentable static display vehicle once again.

A rather strange non-standard route indicator was fitted to the front end during 2016. 56301 remains maintained as a static display and functioning area

It is thought the vehicle has not operated with passengers since its early Chasewater days (as hauled stock) and has not operated as a conventional DMU for over 40 years!

Future Plans
To maintain as a static cafe/display vehicle.

Long term, the electrics and control systems need to be restored if the vehicle is to eventually go back into full service.

 

56301 stands innocently at County School, 19/3/16. Chris Moxon

   

56301 following the completion of its cosmetic repairs, 13/9/15. Richard Moxon

   

56301 under restoration at County School, 21/9/13. Chris Moxon

   

56301 under restoration at County School, 21/9/13. Chris Moxon

   

Bodywork completed on the secondman's side, 16/6/13. Chris Moxon

   

Bodywork progressing down the driver's side, 16/6/13. Chris Moxon

   

Bodywork progressing on the front end, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

The driver's side (corridor end), 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

The secondman's side in red oxie primer, 17/6/12. Chris Moxon

   

Bodywork progressing on the front end, 5/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

56301 on display at County School, 31/7/10. Q47541M

   

56301 at County School, 20/7/09. Chris Moxon

   

Rear view of 56301 at County School, 20/7/09. Chris Moxon

   

Underframe view of 56301 at County School, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

Cab end of 56301 at County School, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

Corridor end of 56301 at County School showing the twin toilet tank filler pipes and the interesting curves to the Gloucester bodyshell, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon, bogie and cab of 56301 at County School, 2/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

56301's worksplate, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

56301 at County School, 3/8/07. Daniel Adkins

   

56301 a County School, 13/3/05. Stephen Hughes

   

56301 on display at County School, 21/3/04. David Beardmore

   

56301 now painted into blue at County School, 16/9/01. Paul Moxon

   

56301 on the Mid-Norfolk railway, early 1999. Mark Armstrong

   

56301 in use as a loco hauled coach on the Chasewater Railway, painted in a non-standard maroon livery, 28/5/78. David Jones

 

Interior

View of the middle saloon showing the new carpet, 21/9/13. Chris Moxon

   

View of the rear saloon showing the new carpet, 21/9/13. Chris Moxon

   

View of the drivers position, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

View of the drivers controls, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon with some non standard tables installed, 2/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

The middle saloon, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon which now houses a display area, 2/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The cab on the Mid-Norfolk railway, early 1999. Mark Armstrong

   

The empty middle saloon on the Mid-Norfolk railway, early 1999. Mark Armstrong