56352 Class 101 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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East Lancashire Railway05-Aug 12

Current Location

North Norfolk Railway


North Norfolk Railway Aug 12-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





National Railway Museum






Record Last Updated

3 March 2018


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
56352 was latterly part of set 101659 and was withdrawn from the Manchester area in the early 2000’s. It was selected for preservation by the National Railway Museumand became part of the National Collection, along with its partner, 51192.

56352 was never moved to the National Railway Museum, being put on a seven year loan to the East Lancashire Railway where it arrived in as-withdrawn condition in 2005.

56352 was in good condition however, so was launched into passenger service briefly in November 2005, before being taken out of service a year later for a repaint into BR Green.

56352 & 51192 then operated ELRDMU services during the 2007-2012 seasons, running midweek in the summer and at weekends during the low season. In 2009, repairs to the floor in the toilet area at the rear of the vehicle were made, the old one having rotted beyond repair. At first it was the minstay of operations, however its workload was gradually shared following the introuduction of the line's Class 122 in 2009 and Class 108 in 2011.

56352 & 51192were moved to the North Norfolk Railwayin 2012 as the original loan agreement had expired. The NRM agreed a five year loan with the NNR, who were to use 56352 & 51192 as a supporting set for the line's very intensively used Class 101 set, 51228 & 56062, as 51228 in particular was in need of some time out for overhaul. Regular entry into NNR service was delayed however folowing some mechanical problems discovered on 51192 which had to be rectified over the winter months.

During the 2013 season, 51228 was dogged with mechanical problems, but was finally made reliable during June. 56352 then ran all of the railway's DMU services for the latter part of 2013.

In January 2014, 56352 was withdrawn from service due to rotten door posts. These were temporarily repaired slowly over the summer and in September the vehicle was fitted with replacement cab end buffers as well as new batteries. It was then returned to traffic with 51192.

By the end of the 2016 season the vehicle's bodily condition was too bad to ignore any further! Brought into Carriage & Wagon in January 2017, it received a reasonable level of bodywork repairs considering that limited time and resources were available. All visible rotten areas were welded up and some limited framework repairs were done to the worst areas around the corridor and cab ends. All areas that were worked on had replacement sections of outer skin welded in, following which the entire coach was prepped for paint. The roof was also stripped back to bare metal and fully repainted, following which the bodysides got a fresh coat of BR Green, which transformed the vehicle's appearance. During its time in works, a 2-charactor route indicator box was fitted to the front (non working - cosmetic only) returning it to its original 1950's condition. April 2017 saw the repainted vehicle return to service in time for the main running season.

56352 & 51192 then proceeded to operate all NNR DMU services for the 2017 season, as the return to traffic of the railway's primary operating set (51228/56062) was suffering from delays.

Early 2018 saw the interior seating of 56352 reupholstered, the vehicle finally losing its Regional Railways 1990's colours! The chosen material was the striking Network SouthEast "Blue Blaze" material, which returned the interior to a 1980's colour scheme. During February, partner 51192 suffered a terminal engine failure withdrawing it from service, so the unscathed 56352 was quickly removed from the set and reformed with 51188 which had been hired in to cover for other vehicles receiving works attention.

56352 is currently operating with hired-in powercar 51188 whilst the repairs to 51192 are undertaken.

Future Plans
To maintain in service. Once the railway's primary operating set (51228/56062) is returned to service it is anticipated that 56352 will be used when maintenance is required or failures occur on other sets, which will see some reduction in 56352's annual mileage.


M56352/M51192 paused for a photo stop between Sheringham and Weybourne whilst working an empty coaching stock service before the start of the day's services, 17/10/17. Chris Moxon


Now in gloss with lining being progressed, inside Weybourne's Carriage & Wagon shed, 6/1/17. Chris Moxon


M56352 in undercoat, inside Weybourne's Carriage & Wagon shed, 3/2/17. Chris Moxon


M56352's bodywork repairs completed, with the bodysides now rubbed down ready for repainting, inside Weybourne's Carriage & Wagon shed, 6/1/17. Chris Moxon


M56352/M51192 stand at Sheringham with the 11:15 to Holt during half term week operations, 18/2/15. Chris Moxon


During engineering works within the yard during the railway's closed season, M56352/M51192 were stabled in the station area at Weybourne, 23/1/15. Chris Moxon


M56352 at Weybourne whilst out of traffic undergoing door repairs, 19/10/14. Chris Moxon


M56352/M51192 in service at Holt, 17/6/13. Chris Moxon


M56352/M51192 arrive into Bury Bolton Street (Platform 4) with the 10:00 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon


M56352/M51192 at Bury Bolton Street (Platform 4) with the 10:00 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon


56352 gleams in the sunshine passing Heap Bridge during the 2011 DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon


56352 having just crossed the motorway at Heap Bridge during the 2011 DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon


Corridor end view of 56352 standing at Rawtenstall during the 2011 DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon


56352 stands at Rawtenstall during the 2011 DMU Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon


56352 arriving into Ramsbottom, 30/1/10. Chris Moxon


56352 departing Ramsbottom, 30/1/10. Chris Moxon


56352 at Bury running shutles in conjunction with the ELR's Santa Specials, 20/12/09. Chris Moxon


56352 stabled at Bury, 14/3/09. David Beardmore


51192 arrives into Irwell Vale during the 2009 DMU Day, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon


51192 arrives into Bury during the 2009 DMU Day, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon


56352 passing the crossing at Townsend Fold, the repaint almost being complete, 6/12/08. Simon Cross


56352 leaving Irwell Vale during the diesel gala, 2/7/08. Ian McDonald


The 12:55 Rawtenstall - Heywood passes Townsend Fold on the set's first day in traffic, 5/11/05. Simon Cross


The National Railway Museum's 54352 and 51192 outside Castlecroft, 17/8/05. Simon Cross




M56352's rear saloon, 1/4/08. Anon Mouse