56347 Class 101 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Mid Norfolk Railway

Location History

Bressingham Steam & Gardens 05-Jun 15

Current Location

Mid Norfolk Railway

 

Foxfield Railway Jun 15-Jun 17

Current Status

Under Overhaul

 

Mid Norfolk Railway Jun 17-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Plain End)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

B & N Smith

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

15 July 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
The corridor connection has been removed.

Preservation Information
56347 was withdrawn from the Manchester area, latterly operating as part of 2-car set 101663.

Bressingham purchased 56347 in 2005 as a loco hauled passenger coach and was quickly put into service as a vacuum braked control trailer, the cab end being used to control braking if required. The vehicle was repainted green, losing its Regional Railways livery early in its preservation life and the corridor connection was removed and sold on.

56347 saw fairly infrequent use for ten years, as visitors on the Bressingham demonstration line were more often accommodated on the footplate of the engine. However the vehicle was used on special, busier, days such as Thomas events when large numbers were required to be carried.

In December 2014, 56347 was put up for sale, surplus to requirements at Bressingham and was purchased the following summer by the Foxfield Railway arriving at its new home in June 2015.

However 56347 was to prove unsuited to the Foxfield and after two years of sporadic refurbishment works the vehicle was sold again having never operated at Foxfield.

June 2017 saw 56347 relocated to the Mid Norfolk Railway where work to return it to service as a spare DMU vehicle for the line's other Class 101s started immediately.

Future Plans
To return it to service as a spare 101 vehicle for the Mid Norfolk's fleet.

 

56347 at its new home the Foxfield Railway, 24/6/15. Anthony Duncan

   

56347 stabled in Bressingham's passenger platform, 20/7/13. Stephen Hughes

   

56347 continues its quiet existance at Bressingham, 24/8/12. Ian McLoughlin

   

56347, awaiting the next Thomas event at Bressingham, 2/5/11. David Beardmore

   

56347, seen with passengers over a bank holiday weekend, 29/8/10. Bill Pugsley

   

56347 stabled in the shed at Bressingham, 23/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

View of 56347's cab at Bressingham, 23/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

56347 stabled in the shed at Bressingham, 23/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

View of 56347 showing the removed corridor connection at Bressingham, 23/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

View of 56347's underframe at Bressingham, 23/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

View of a window on 56347 at Bressingham, 23/7/08. Paul Moxon

   

56347 stabled in the shed at Bressingham, having recently operated at a Thomas event, 13/8/07. Chris Moxon

   

56347 stabled in the shed at Bressingham, 13/8/07. Chris Moxon

 

Interior

 

The cab, drivers side, 23/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The cab, secondmans side, 23/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab controls, 23/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon, which was converted from first to second class pre-preservation, note the blue (first class) Formica bulkhead, 23/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, 23/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon, 23/7/08. Chris Moxon