NER TOOLS VAN No. 5523
NER’s Diagram ‘H2’ bogie stores van was built at York in 1902 for carrying stores and locomotive spares from works to depots. Later renumbered by BR Gateshead Depot as DE 903004 (a departmental number) the vehicle was acquired by Beamish from Winston Station in December 1973. In 1986 the van was damaged in an arson attack, though has remained in secure undercover storage for the last six years. A notable feature is the ‘birdcage’ observation ducket mounted centrally on the roof, enabling the guard to view the train along its length from a safely enclosed position. This feature remains and will be restored.
LCLT’s intention is to restore No. 5523 to running order and to an externally authentic condition. However, as the interior has been gutted, this will be used to provide a venue for an exhibition, and educational facilities. The van will be made available to travel with No. 65033.
How to help
The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust
The LCLT is a charity registered in England and Wales, No. 1129893