51074 Class 119 Driving Motor Brake Composite

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Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Location History

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Sep 94-Nov 01

Current Location

Swindon & Cricklade Railway


Swindon & Cricklade RailwayNov 01-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration



Current Livery

BR Green (Plain End)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

59514 & 51104




Gloucester Railcar Trust






Record Last Updated

15 November 2012


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Preservation of Class 119 vehicles has not been easy. The entire fleet was insulated with blue asbestos from new, subsequently removed during refurbishment by British Rail. After withdrawal in October 1993, 51074 was the subject of an industrial dispute at Swindon works over the asbestos issue, not being allowed into the workshops for rebuilding until spotless. It was therefore very frustrating to be told that any vehicles bought for preservation would need to be re-inspected and a new certificate issued, which meant that all of the interior panelling would need to be removed. This was despite the existence of BR certificates!

Although preserved in September 1994 after being set aside a Gwent Demolition (Margam), fundraising for a complete 119 set continued for several years, but sadly insufficient funds were raised to save a historically correct 3-car formation, with the last centre car, 59435, being scrapped in January 1996. 51074 and partner 51104 had however survived, becoming the only 2-car set in preservation, at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway in Wales.

In September 1999, the vehicle moved under its own power “in the compound” at Blaenavon during the diesel gala weekend.

Some restoration work was undertaken at the P&BR, before the set was moved to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway in 2001.

Since arrival at the S&CR 51074 received bodywork and a repaint into BR Green.

In 2005 a Class 117 TCL, 59514, was acquired to run with 51074 & 51104 when the restoration was completed.

In July 2005 the vehicle was operating test runs on the line.

By 2012, 51074 had received a full mechanical overhaul and work on the interior was progressing well, with the vehicle having been fully re-panelled.

Future Plans
51074’s internal restoration continues before its proposed return to traffic. The vehicle  is waiting for new lino/carpet flooring and then the seating can be re-instated.


51074 under restoration at Blunsdon. 51074 hasrecently had a full mechanical overhaul, November 2011. Jim Poor


51074 under restoration, 10/5/09. David Beardmore


51074 under restoration, 28/9/08. Simon Edwards


At Blunsdon, in the company of Class 101 59117 and Class 107 52025, November 2002. Steve Hodgson


51074 on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, 1/12/01. Stuart Mackay




Interior view of 51074 under restoration at Blunsdon. 51074 has been re-panelled internally, it is waiting for new lino/carpet flooring and then the seating can be re-instated, 2010. Jim Poor