It has been decided that the restoration of the three-car Class 503 ‘Wirral' EMU will not be pursued.
The Heritage Electric Trains Trust says it has not taken the decision lightly, but have decided to retain the driving motor brake second car for a future project.
The Driving Motor Brake Second car will be moving to another storage site soon, but the driving trailer and centre trailer cars will be disposed of in the coming months.
The HETT says the decision has come from multiple factors, with one of the reasons down the disposal being that the unit will not be able to run under its own power, with the infrastructure not available, and the unit would never be restored to the standard needed for mainline use.
Significant funding to support the unit has not materialised and current support will only cover the cost of “very basic storage” of one coach.
The HETT says that the trailer cars are in very poor condition and would need extensive restoration to be brought up to display standard. HETT also says that having a single unit restored would help tell the class' story with significantly less cost.
HETT has confirmed that the coaches will be sent for scrap once useful components have been recovered, but has reiterated that if any preservation groups would like to save the vehicles, they need to contact the HETT (email below) without delay.
They have said that any potential groups need to show evidence that they can remove, at their own cost, the coaches within two months and have a guaranteed location for them as well as indications as to their plans.
The contact email for the HETT is [email protected]