51131 Class 116 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Battlefield LineFeb 94-Present

Current Location

Battlefield Line

 

 

Current Status

Operational

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

Current Livery

BR Blue & Grey

 

Churnet Valley Railway Sep 08-Oct 08

TRA Designation

3

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

55005

 

 

Owner

Battlefield Line DMU Group

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

10 April 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51131 was preserved in 1994 after being withdrawn from the Birmingham area in July 1993 and was moved to the Battlefield Line where there was a growing collection of DMUs being maintained.

It is thought that little restoration was required and that the vehicle entered service relatively quickly. Although originally designed to operate in a 3-car set, the vehicle was paired with rare Class 121 DTS 56289 as a suburban "power trailer" set.

Various circumstances resulted in the Battlefield's DMU fleet being rationalised to one 2-car set and one single unit during the 1990's. 51131 was one of the vehicles selected to remain. However partner 56289 was sold on, resulting in 51131 being paired with unique Class 118 DMS 51321.

The set was repainted, and was unusual in retaining the later BR Blue & Grey livery rather than being reliveried into an earlier livery such as Green.

In October 2004, the vehicle visited the Severn Valley Railway for the spectacular Railcar50 celebrations which involved a never-to-be-repeated line up of DMUs from all around the country at one gala event. This was only possible due to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In 2006 the vehicle was repainted on one side into BR Blue as a suprise before the annual Railcar Association Convention which was held at the railway that year.

In 2008 the vehicle visited the Churnet Valley Railway where it was the star guest at the line's Scenic Railcar Weekend which incorporated the "opening" (on a limited basis) of a two mile extension to Oakamoor Sand Sidings.

When the line's Class 122 55005 was withdrawn for major bodywork, 51131 & 51321 handled all of the Battlefield Line's DMU requirements, which involved much low season running as well as various gala appearances.

In October 2011, 51131 was withdrawn from traffic for bodywork and mechanical overhaul. During 2013 the vehicle entered the shed for major repairs to the cab front and roof dome, this work was delayed however when in April 2014 the vehicle had to be removed from indoors. However the repairs were eventually completed, including a repaing and much other mechanical work. The repairs were completed in April 2017 and the vehicle returned to service with 51321.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

Repairs to the corroded cab front in progress at Shackerstone, 20/8/14. Alan Pitt

   

Bodywork on the cab area of 51131 progresses outside in the headshunt at Shackerstone, 13/4/13. Nigel Gould

   

M51131, now out of traffic and under overhaul in the headshunt at Shackerstone, 20/5/12. Daniel Adkins

   

M51131 & W51321 in service at Shackerstone, 21/7/10. Andy Neil

   

M51131 & W51321 stabled in the headshunt at Shackerstone, 23/8/09. Andy Cole

   

51131 passing Class 104 50455 at Consall during a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway for the Scenic Railcar Weekend, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 emerge from Cheddleton Tunnel during a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway for the Scenic Railcar Weekend, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 depart Cheddleton during a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway for the Scenic Railcar Weekend, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 pass Consall Wood with a two wagon tail load during a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway for the Scenic Railcar Weekend, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 having arrived at Kingsley & Froghall a visit to the Churnet Valley Railway for the Scenic Railcar Weekend, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 at Kingsley & Froghall during an evening run, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 at Kingsley & Froghall during an evening run, 27/9/08. Chris Moxon

   

51131 & 51321 in service at Shenton, 13/9/08. David Beardmore

   

51131/51321 having arrived at Shenton during the annual Railcar Association convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

51131 viewed at night during the evening social BBQ, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

51131 viewed at night during the evening social BBQ, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

51131 at Railcar50, 15/10/04. Ian Francis

   

51131 on the Battlefield Railway, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay

   

51131 & 54289 in service at Shackerstone, 25/7/97. On tour with the class 13 army

   

51131 & 51321 at Shakerstone on the Battlefield Railway, beside maroon Class 107 TS in use as hauled stock, 17/7/96. Ian Francis

 

Interior

 

A view of 51131's cab (driver's side), 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

A view of 51131's cab (secondman's side), 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

A view of 51131's driver's controls, 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

51131's front saloon, 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

51131's middle saloon, 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

51131's guards van, 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

51131's guards van, 20/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

An interior shot, taken during Railcar50, October 2004. Mathew Hawley