51104 Class 119 Driving Motor Second Lavatory

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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)

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

59514 & 51074

 

 

Owner

Gloucester Railcar Trust

 

 

Website

None

Record Last Updated

1 January 2012

Preservation Modifications
None

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.

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. 51104 and partner 51074 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 51104 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, 51104 was in he process of receiving a full mechanical overhaul and work on the interior was progressing well, with the vehicle having been partially re-panelled.

Future Plans
51104’s internal restoration continues before its proposed return to traffic. The plan is to complete repanelling on the 2 outer compartments and then transfer seats from storage in the centre compartment to their respective locations.

 

51104 under restoration at Blunsdon. 51104 has been partially re-panelled and is undergoing a mechanical overhaul. The plan is to complete repanelling on the 2 outer compartments and then transfer seats from storage in the centre compartment to their respective locations, November 2011. Jim Poor

   

51104 under restoration, 10/5/09. David Beardmore

   

51104, 59514 & 51074 stabled at Hayes Knoll, 21/3/09, 2/10/09. Roger Budd

   

51104 stabled at Hayes Knoll, 21/3/09, 2/10/09. Roger Budd

   

51104, 59514 & 51074 undergoing a test run on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, 10/7/05. Jim Poor