56342 Class 101 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

Home Railway

Great Central Railway

Location History

Private Garden Melborn (Cambs) Aug 05-Apr 06

Current Location

Great Central Railway

 

Heanor Haulage Yard Apr 06-Aug 06

Current Status

Stored

 

Rampart, Derby Aug 06-Oct 06

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

 

Private Garden Calveley (Cheshire) Oct 06-Nov 06

TRA Designation

5

 

Midland Railway Butterley Nov 06-Apr 18

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

Great Central Railway Apr 18-Present

Owner

Bruce Pollard

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

4 April 2018

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Withdrawn from BR in late 1989, the vehicle was an internal user at Neville Hill (near Leeds) where preservationists were informed it would "have to come out in bits". It was according (very!) well stripped before (presumably after a U-turn) it was removed for preservation.

Originally intended to house a model railway at Melbourn (where some corrosion repairs were carried out to the cab end), then subsequently at Calveley, the vehicle had certain missing parts refitted to look cosmetically "complete" from the outside.

56342 moved to Midland Railway Butterley following the local council's difference of opinion over garden railway exhibits. The cab end was finished off after arrival. The first preservation owner was unable to acquire a matching 101 DMBS, so little further work undertaken. When this owner obtained a 108 two car set, the vehicle was lined-up for scrapping to make space in June 2008. It was subsequently reprieved and adopted as a stores vehicle holding Class 101 spares for unit 101692. A quick coat of Blue/Grey with yellow ends was applied, along with some underframe painting for this role.

The vehicle was put up for sale in 2011, but there were no takers. It continued to be used as a store for a further seven years, before fresh discussions concluded in February 2018 resulting in the vehicle being sold to a new owner at the Great Central Railway.

On 3rd April 2018, 56342 was delivered to its new home at the Great Central Railway.

Future Plans
Restoration work on the vehicle is due to start in summer 2018. It is intended for the vehicle to be restored to operational condition, in time, and join the operational Class 101 fleet at the Great Central Railway.

 

M54342 stored at Butterley, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

M54342 stored at Butterley, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon

   

Stored at Butterley, now repainted and being used for holding spares, 1/09.Eddie Knorn

   

Stored at Swanwick Junction, showing the condiction in which the vehicle arrived, 29/2/08.Chris Moxon

   

After it's stay at Royston it spent a brief time at a private residence in Cheshire before moving the Midland Railway Butterley, where it's seen at Swanwick, 23/11/06. Stuart Mackay

   

54342 under restoration at Melborn, 5/2/06. David Beardmore

   

The owner makes good progress in tackling the corrosion. 22/10/05. Stuart Mackay

   

The vehicle's extraction from Neville Hill depot, where it had been used as a training room / store. It was first moved within the depot on a special low trailer, 2005. Robert Hustwick

   

The vehicle's extraction from Neville Hill depot, where it had been used as a training room / store. It was first moved within the depot on a special low trailer and was then transferred to a regular low loader, 2005. Robert Hustwick

   

The vehicle's extraction from Neville Hill depot, where it had been used as a training room / store. It was first moved within the depot on a special low trailer and was then transferred to a regular low loader, 2005. Robert Hustwick