56343 Class 101 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Wensleydale Railway

Location History

East Kent Railway Nov 03-Dec 16

Current Location

Wensleydale Railway


Wensleydale Railway Dec 16-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Blue (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)










Record Last Updated

6 February 2019


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Preserved in 2003 with partner 50256, the vehicle entered preservation service very quickly. The set ran most of the EKR’s passenger services, the railway taking full advantage of the economies of using DMU's.

The railway has undertaken a repaint in the open from Regional Railways to BR Blue over two years. The process began in late 2006 with the cab end and one side complete by March 2008. The remaining parts of the vehicle were completed by March 2009.

By 2014 mechanical reliability had started to become a problem periodically and in 2014 a Class 108 set was brought to the railway to ease the burdon on 56343/50256.

In 2016 the railway undertook a review and concluded that it did not see 56343/50256 as part of their future fleet. The set was sold and relocated to the Wensleydale Railway later that year.

After arriving at the Wensleydale Railway, 56343 was placed into storage without operating any services on the line.

56343 currently remains in store awaiting a return to service.

Future Plans
Not currently known.


E56343 & E50256 at the East Kent Railway, 3/10/12. Simon Potter


E56343 & E50256 in service on the East Kent Railway, 18/8/12. Simon Potter


E56343 at Shepherdswell, 19/7/12. Simon Potter


E56343 stabled at Sheperdswell, 8/5/11. David Beardmore


E56343 & E50256 at Shepherdswell, 26/2/11. John Oram