79900 Derby Lightweight Driving Motor Brake Second

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Location History

Midland Railway Butterley 00-Aug 07

Current Location

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

 

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Feb 08-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

Visited Railways

Churnet Valley Railway Aug 07-Feb 08

TRA Designation

1

 

Llangollen Railway May 08

Owner

Nelson Keene

 

Severn Valley Railway Oct 10

Website

evrdmugroup.wix.com

 

Derby Etches Park (Open Day) Sep 14

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
The brake van area has been modified slightly to allow wheelchairs into a small "rear saloon" which is squeezed in between the rear passenger door and the brake area.

The original Derby Lightweight controllers were missing so the desk has been modifid to take standard DMU controllers.

The original "Yellow Diamond" multiple working, unique to early DMU's such as Derby Lightweights, has been replaced with the more standard "Blue Square" system, which allows 79900 to run in multiple with most other DMU types, something not possible in British Railways days. However these changes are purely electrical, with the visual sockets of the Yellow Diamond jumper cables returned to the cab ends (as dummy units) to maintain an original appearance to the eye, after the original multiple working had been removed completely in departmental service.

Preservation Information
After being withdrawn as early as October 1967, 79900 survived due to conversion to "Test Car Iris", a name which has stayed with the vehicle after preservation in 2000.

Internally 79900 was rapidly and comprehensively rebuilt between 2000 and 2004 (at the Midland Railway Butterley), including the reconstruction of bulkheads, new Formica panelling and new seats salvaged from a class 101. It also received a complete mechanical overhaul including removal from bogies etc. The vehicle was launched in late 2004 and became one of the finest first generation DMUs preserved.

A change in the owner's circumstances meant the vehicle was transferred from the Midland Railway Butterley to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, via an extended gala stay at the Churnet Valley Railway, where it proved very popular. The vehicle also visited theLlangollen Railway in 2008 for their annual gala and the Severn Valley Railway for their Railcar Reunion event in October 2010.

In between visits to other lines, 79900 proved a regular perormer at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

In February 2011, the Class 101 seating was replaced with "proper" Derby Lightweight high backed seats, complete with original chrome handrails and early BR green shell pattern material.

March 2014 saw 79900 pulled by a team from Network Rail in Derby in aid of charity.

By May 2014, the paintwork was ten years old and so it was decided to withdraw 79900 for a repaint. This was completed quickly and was contracted out, the vehicle returning to traffic two months later. Shortly afterwards the vehice starred at Derby Etches Park depot for their charity open day event. In October a blown cylinder head gasket required the heads of the No2 engine to be removed and repairs completed.

The vehicle is very popular and remains in regular service on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

M79900 crosses E50253 at Shottle on a driver experience run during the Railcar Association convention weekend, 25/9/15. Barry Knapper

   

M79900 on the Ravenstor shuttle, 6/6/15. Chris Moxon

   

M79900 alongside fellow Lightweight 79612 at Wirksworth, 12/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

M79900 on display whilst visiting Derby Etches Park deport for the East Midlands Trans open day, 13/9/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

M79900 inside the shed at Wirksworth, its repaint nearly completed, 1/6/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

M79900 being pulled by a Network Rail (Derby) team in aid of charity, 19/3/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group

   

M79900, its paintwork starting to look tired, stabled at Wirksworth, 9/2/14. Chris Walker

   

M79900 stabled at Wirksworth having a well earned rest from Ravenstor shuttle duties after W55006 had been re-launched inton traffic, 1/4/13. Chris Moxon

   

M79900 stands at Wirksworth. The vehicle had worked harder than usual during the 2012 season as bubble car M55006 had been out of service undergoing bodywork repairs, 2/12/12. John Stokes

   

79900 stabled alongside Class 101 50170 at Wirksworth, 21/3/12. Leigh Gration

   

79900 arriving into Wirksworth, 3/7/11. Tony Hosking

   

M79900 stands at Duffield during driver training, 10/6/11. Leigh Gration

   

79900 at Wirksworth, 12/2/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

79900 braves the snow back at Wirksworth, 27/11/10. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

79900 at Bewdley during the Railcar Reunion event at the Severn Valley Railway, 8/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

79900 passing 55020 at Arley during the Railcar Reunion event at the Severn Valley Railway, 8/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

79900 operating Wirksworth-Ravenstor shuttles, 3/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

M79900 when it made a test run to Idridgehay, 23/2/08. Richard Buckby

   

M79900 when it made a test run to Idridgehay. The platform at this station is too low for present regulations, when operations start stewards on-board will stop passengers alighting until the formation pulls forward to the 'high level' platform, 23/2/08. Richard Buckby

   

79900 at Cheddleton in the snow, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

79900 at Consall, 3/2/08. David Gibson

   

79900 at Consall, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

79900 at Consall, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

79900 & Class 47 D1842 during an EMRPS photo shoot at Cheddleton, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

79900 & Class 104 50455 during an EMRPS photo shoot at Cheddleton, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

79900 & Standard 4MT 80098 during an EMRPS photo shoot at Cheddleton, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

79900 during an EMRPS photo shoot at Cheddleton, 3/2/08. Chris Moxon

   

Arriving into Cheddleton in multiple with the 104 during the convention, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

Departing Cheddleton in multiple with the 104 during the convention, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

79900 awaits the arrival of 50455/50517 at Consall, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

A historic moment: 79900 and 50455/50517 become the first DMUs to cross on the Churnet Valley Railway in preservation days, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

Approaching Consall during the convention, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

Arriving into Consall hauling a box van during the convention, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

Running round its tail load at Kingsley & Froghall during the convention, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

An informal "mini night shoot" was held at Kingsley & Froghall during the convention, 29/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

Exiting the yard at Cheddleton for TRA convention "Driver Experiences", 28/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

Stabled in the yard at Cheddleton, 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

View of the lion-on-wheel crest (rare for preserved DMUs)and AEC engine at Cheddleton, 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

M79900 visited the Churnet valley Line for their 2007 DMU Gala. It's seen here soon after arrival when it went for a test run, 25/8/07. David Gibson

   

M79900 visited the Churnet valley Line for their 2007 DMU Gala. It's seen here soon after arrival when it went for a test run, 25/8/07. David Gibson

   

M79900 visited the Churnet valley Line for their 2007 DMU Gala. It's seen here soon after arrival when it went for a test run, 25/8/07. David Gibson

   

M79900 visited the Churnet valley Line for their 2007 DMU Gala. It's seen here soon after arrival when it went for a test run, 25/8/07. David Gibson

   

Awaiting passengers at Butterley during the 2007 DMU gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

Crossing the photogenic Butterley Resevoir during the 2007 DMU gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

Passing a stored 117 at Swanwick Junction during the 2007 DMU gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

Running through Swanwick Junction during the 2007 DMU gala, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

   

In the dock in Butterley Yard, 8/7/06. Robert Chilton

   

Looking splendid in the sun during the 2006 MRB DMU gala, 15/6/06. Chris Moxon

   

79900 passing Butterley signalbox, with 51073 in the background, 9/10/05. John Horne

   

79900 leaving Butterley station, with 51073 on the left, 8/10/05. John Miller

   

A visitor from the Dean Forest Railway on the cab of 79900, 8/10/05. John Miller

   

79900 with the 127 behind, and the 100 set on the right at Swanwick, 8/10/05. John Horne

   

Two Derby cab variants, as 79900 faces 51625 at Swawnick, 8/10/05. John Horne

   

79900 in platform 2 at Swanwick, 8/10/05. John Horne

   

79900 under restoration at Butterley, 2002. David Beardmore

   

In the company of 977860 in Butterley Yard, 16/9/01. Steve Hodgson

   

79900 at the Midland Railway Centre soon after arrival, 2000.

   

The AEC engines it is fitted with were taken from the Derby Lightweight twin, also at the MRC, just before it was bought. They have different mountings from the AECs that the 50000 series cars were fitted with, 2000.

 

Interior

 

M79900's very smart interior middle saloon, 5/8/12. John Carter

   

By February 2011 79900 had received its new seats, 6/2/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

79900 in the process of receiving reupholstered seating - this was the first new seat to be installed, 30/1/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

79900 in the process of receiving reupholstered seating, 30/1/11. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

   

The drivers controls showing the extent of theinterior restoration, 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

The drivers cab (drivers side), 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

The drivers cab (secondmans side), 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

The front saloon, 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, 9/9/07. Chris Moxon

   

A small seating bay in the "rear saloon", 9/9/07. Chris Moxon