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Vehicle 50001 / 53001

Class 114

BR Diagram 516

Builder: BR Derby Works
Type: Low Density
Length: 64ft
Coupling Code: Blue Square
Coupling Type: Screw
Gangway Type: LMS
Engines: Leyland 150hp / Albion 238hp
Transmission: Mechanical
Lot Number: 30209
Diagram: 516


15/10/56 New to 40A (Lincoln)
May-73Depot code changeLN (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29/06/88 Withdrawn from LN (Lincoln)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.

The vehicle carried the following numbers:

50001 - original number
53001 - from Jun-83 (53xxx / 54xxx change)

Some sample formations the vehicle has been noted in:

50001 56001 As delivered to 40A - 15th October 1956
50001 56001 Noted 20th October 1956
50001 56007 Noted 09/07/69



Date: 9th July 1969

E50001 and E56007 seen at Firsby waiting to leave for Skegness, July 9, 1969. Steve Davies Collection.


Date: 9th July 1969

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.


Date: 22nd July 1978

E50001 leads a six-car Class 114 formation into Ancaster with the 2.51pm Nottingham - Skegness service on July 22, 1978. Michael Mensing.


Date: 16th April 1986

E53001 at Doncaster on April 16, 1986. Lewis Bevan.

The vehicle is mentioned in the following images:


Date: 24th October 1980

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.


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