50971 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Kent & East Sussex Railway 93-Present

Current Location

Kent & East Sussex Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51571

 

 

Owner

Railway Equipment & Traction Co

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

3 July 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
50971 & 51571 were acquired for the Kent & East Sussex Railway in 1993 to represent the direct descendant of their GWR Railcar, No 20. They were selected due to their good condition rather than any other reason.

50971 has remained in the same ownership its entire preservation life and has never left the K&ESR. Whilst their much refurbishment work has been undertaken to ensure the longer term future of the vehicle. After initial work and a repaint into green 50971 debuted in March 1996 and has been working regularly ever since.

Since 2001, 50971 & 51571 have been operating the off-peak services on the line, supplementing the normal steam service on quieter days.

In 2009, the seating was reupholstered with a more period green pattern.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

50971/51571 in service at Tenterden, 10/4/16. Michael Hughes

   

A well maintained 50971 & 51571 continue to provide services on the Kent & East Sussex line, 25/9/12. Keith Duke

   

50971/51571 in service, 10/10/10. Clive Barker

   

50971, 23/3/03. Steve Hodgson

   

50971, 23/3/03. Steve Hodgson

   

50971, 23/6/01. Andy Neil

   

50971, 11/3/01. Steve Hodgson

   

50971, 11/3/01. Steve Hodgson

 

Interior

 

The original style of seat covering being faithfully reproduced, 5/10/09. Darren Hayman