Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp / Albion 238hp
Lot Number: 30209
|15/10/56||New to||40A (Lincoln)|
|May-73||Depot code change||LN (Lincoln)|
|10/05/87||Stored U.||LN (Lincoln)|
|29/06/88||Withdrawn from||LN (Lincoln)|
May 1956 - Noted that work was well advanced in construction at Derby C&W Works circa late May / early June 1956.
20th October 1956 - 50001 / 56001 made numerous test runs from Lincoln to Cleethorpes, Retford, Skegness, etc. from 15th - 20th October 1956. Brake blocks placed on sacking on the floor were used as additional weight.
50001 - original number
53001 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)
|50001||56001||As delivered to 40A - 15th October 1956|
|50001||56001||Noted 20th October 1956|
E50001 and E56007 seen at Firsby waiting to leave for Skegness, July 9, 1969. Steve Davies Collection.
On the left side of this view of Firsby sits a Cravens set and on the right a Derby Heavyweight with E50001 closest, 9th July 1969. Steve Davies Collection.
E53001 at Doncaster on April 16, 1986. Lewis Bevan.
Despite succumbing to closure in September 1961, the platforms, station buildings and even the waiting shelter canopy were still intact at Cowbit on 24th October 1980, some two years before the line from March to Spalding closed completely. This Lincoln based Derby Heavyweight Class 114 DMU formed of cars E56043 & E50001 was working the 13.50 Cambridge - Doncaster local service, seen heading for its next stop at Spalding. In the early 1970s, the passenger service on the joint line was largely long distance loco hauled services, notably the Yarmouth - York, Newcastle - Norwich and Harwich - Manchester 'Boat Train' all used this route. In around 1974 DMUs took over being mainly supplied by Norwich and Lincoln depots, but occasionally Tyneside and Calder Valley sets would make appearances. Gerard Fletcher.