56317 Class 100 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Gwili Railway Sep 75-94

Current Location

Private Site: Allelys Heavy Haulage

 

Swindon & Cricklade Railway 94-96

Current Status

Stored

 

MOD Long Marston 96-Jan 98

Current Livery

BR Blue

 

Private Site: Rochford Jan 98-?

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

MOD Shoeburyness ?-?

Owner

 

 

Private Site: Colchester ?-Aug 08

Website

None

 

Great Yeldham Transport Museum Aug 08-Jul 12

     

Private Site, Stoke-on-Trent Jul 12-Mar 13

     

Whitwell & Reepham Railway Mar 13-15

Record Last Updated

1 August 2014

 

Private Site: Allelys Heavy Haulage 15-Present

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
The last Class 100 vehicle to be preserved, 56317 performed passenger duties as a trailer in the early years of the Gwili Railway, painted in a non standard Green & Cream livery.

After a brief spell at theSwindon & Cricklade Railway in the mid 1990's, 56317 embarked on a 12 year journey to the Great Yeldham Transport Museum where it was held in private ownership at a series of non public locations including two MOD sites at Long Marston and Shoeburyness. During this time the vehicle spent periods both in storage and under restoration. However little progress was made and by 2008 it had deteriorated in condition.

The future appeared brighter for 56317 when in a surprise move it was stored undercover at the Great Yeldham Transport Museum in Essex for restoration to passenger carrying condition. The new owners had ambitious plans to return the vehicle to service.

However four years later no progress had been made and 56317 was sold following a storage charge dispute, moving first to a haulage yard in 2012 while proceedings continued and then in 2013 to the Whitwell & Reepham Railway where the vehicle continued to be stored. The sorry process began yet again in 2015 with the vehicle moved to Allelys Haulageyard where its future now hangs in the balance.

Future Plans
Not known

 

56317 stored in the cattle dock at Whitwell, 16/6/13. Chris Moxon

   

56317 in outside storage at a haulage yard in Stoke-on-Trent, 5/10/12. Vinny

   

56317 in outside storage at a haulage yard in Stoke-on-Trent, 5/10/12. Vinny

   

56317 in outside storage at a haulage yard in Stoke-on-Trent, 5/10/12. Vinny

   

56317 in outside storage at a haulage yard in Stoke-on-Trent, 5/10/12. Vinny

   

56317 at the Great Yeldham Transport Museum hangar a few months after arrival from a private site in Colchester, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

56317 at the Great Yeldham Transport Museum hangar a few months after arrival from a private site in Colchester, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

56317 at the Great Yeldham Transport Museum hangar a few months after arrival from a private site in Colchester, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

56317 at the Great Yeldham Transport Museum hangar a few months after arrival from a private site in Colchester, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

56317 stored on private premises near Colchester, 2/11/02. Stuart Mackay

   

56317 in use as hauled stock at the Gwili, 23/7/92. Peter Bayliss

   

Cab detail on 56317, 22/6/90. yeahwotever

   

Roundel detail on 56317, 22/6/90. yeahwotever

   

56317 in use as an observation car at Bronwydd Arms, Gwili Railway, 1979. Phil Trotter

   

56317 at Bronwydd Arms, Gwili Railway during the line's first season of operation, Aug 1978. Phil Trotter

 

Interior

The first class saloon, 16/6/13. Chris Moxon

   

The drivers side of the cab, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The secondmans side of the cab, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon, which seems to have survived intact, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon, which seems to have survived intact, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, complete apart from seats and some fittings, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, complete apart from seats and some fittings, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon (currently a storage area), 25/10/08. Chris Moxon