56358 Class 101 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

East Anglian Railway Museum Oct 03-Present

Current Location

East Anglian Railway Museum



Current Status


Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

Current Livery

BR Blue (Full Yellow End)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Diesel Unit Preservation Associates Limited






Record Last Updated

20 July 2016


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Withdrawn from service in May 2001, 56358 was selected as the best available trailer car at MOD Shoeburyness - it also as a bonus had a history of running on the Marks Tey to Sudbury line. The vehicle arrived at EARM in October 2003 and had the batteries charged and brakes tested ready for service within 2 days.

Since then the interior and exterior condition has slowly been returned to its 1970's condition. The vehicle is fortunate in being the only trailer car in preservation with the original bulkhead and toilet cubicle Formica panels. The restoration work has included a repaint into BR Blue in September 2004, and the return of the original tungsten lighting, first class seating & sprung buffers. 56365 was purchased as a source of replacement original Formica panels in order to replace the 1990's cream Formica present in this vehicle.

56358 was launched into public service with 51213 in Easter 2004.

In October 2004, the vehicle visited the Severn Valley Railway for the spectacular Railcar50 celebrations which involved a never-to-be-repeated line up of DMUs from all around the country at one gala event. This was only possible due to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In 2011 the vehicle was repainted, and the hi intensity headlight also removed.

The vehicle now operates semi-regularly on the short demonstration line at Chappel with partner 51213.

Future Plans
Plans for the future include further backdating including the installation of original pattern Formica & roof vents recovered from 56365. A Route Indicator Box similar to that fitted to partner vehicle 51213 is to be built and fitted.


E56358, now starting to look slightly tired, at Chappel, 23/4/16. Mark Cornell


E56358 stabled at Chappel, 30/12/14. Richard Moxon


E56358 stabled at Chappel, 8/1/13. Q47541M


E56358 & E51213, looking very 1970's stabled at Chappel, 20/9/12.Graham Bell


E56358 & E51213 stabled at Chappel, 15/1/12. Wibble45


Freshly repainted 56358 at Chappel, 1/4/11. Andy Neil


56358 seen inside the shed at Chappel, 31/7/10. Nigel Gould


56358 at Chappel, 21/6/09. David Beardmore


153306 passes 56358 at Chappel station, representing two generations of Sudbury branch DMUs, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon


56358 at Chappel station, undergoing interior restoration, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon


Rear view of 56358 at Chappel station, undergoing interior restoration, 26/10/08. Chris Moxon


E56358 and possibly E50599 at Chappel, 30/8/06. Andy Cole


At Chappel station, 6/1/05. Darren Johnson


At Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway for the Railcar50 event, 16/10/04. Simon Edwards


In multiple with 53170, 16/10/04. Simon Edwards


At Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway for the Railcar50 event, 11/10/04. Stuart Mackay




First Class seating in 56358, 9/7/11. Andy Neil


The middle saloon in 56358. Note the replaced ceiling and the return of original tungsten lighting, 9/7/11. Andy Neil