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Class 121 DMU
W56289
Status: Undergoing Repairs
Livery: BR Blue
DTS W56289
Driving Trailer Second
Built: Pressed Steel Co Ltd
Lot No 30519/1960
Train Heating: 2x Smiths Heater
Weight: 29½ Tons
Length: 64' 6"
Height: 12' 4"
Width: 9' 3"
W56289 is one of just 10 Class 121 Trailer Cars, built to suppliment capacity working with the 'Bubble Car' Motor vehicles, also made by Pressed Steel, of which there were 16, these being similar to the Class 122 single car units built in 1958. The vehicle became 54289 in the renumbering scheme of May.

Originally built as a non-corridor Driving Trailer, 56289 was modified in 1988 at Doncaster Works with the addition of corridor connection gangway. It is believed this was done to allow further use with 'orphan' Class 116 DMBS 53083 to make set L210 based at Old Oak Common in 1989/90. 56289 is known to have had door locks overhauled at Selhurst in April 1990 and was withdrawn in December 1992.

Just two Class 121 Trailer Cars survive, the other being 56287 at the Colne Valley Railway. Affectionately known as 'Squeak', 56289 is often paired with resident Class 122, W55001, the pair making up Bubble & Squeak!

As of mid 2020, 56289 is being rebuilt having had a complete internal strip down and replacement floor. Cab end bodywork is also being undertaken along with a full internal refit.

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ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Legends of Steam Event Friday 15th, Saturday 16th
and Sunday 17th March
Western Region Weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th
and Monday 6th May
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 27th, Friday 28th
and Saturday 29th June
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.