56347 Class 101 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Bressingham Steam & Gardens 05-Jun 15

Current Location

Foxfield Railway

 

Foxfield Railway Jun 15-Present

Current Status

Hauled Stock

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Plain End)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

 

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 August 2015

   

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56347 was withdrawn from the Manchester area, latterly operating as part of 2-car set 101663.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

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.

In June 2015, 56347 arrived at its new home.

Future Plans
It is intended that 56347 will be retained as a hauled push/pull vehicle, however the corridor connection may be reinstated.

 

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