51135 Class 116 Driving Motor Brake Second (Scrapped)

Last Location

Swansea Vale Railway

Location History

Private Site: Coed Bach (Wales) 92-Jan 96

Current Status

Scrapped at Ammanford Metal Recycling April 2009

 

Swansea Vale Railway Jan 96-Mar 09

Last Livery

Bare Metal

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

59490& 51148

Record Last Updated

10 December 2011

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51135 was latterly part of set C393 running in the Cardiff area. Preserved with original partner 51148 in 1992 by the Llanelli & District Railway Society, the set was initially stored at a private site before moving to the society's base at Six Pit on the Swansea Vale Railway.

Also acquired for use at the Swansea Vale was the original centre car from the set, 59445, but it is thought the vehicle was never used, being utilised in the loco hauled rake instead.

51135 & 51148 became the operational DMU set on the railway, and were painted into BR Green for this purpose. Their first run was in June 1996.

In 1999, the set was joined by Class 117 59490.

During the 2000's the railway struggled to keep on top of a long series of vandal attacks, the situation made worse by the lack of undercover accommodation and security. 51135 did not escape the attacks, with smashed windows being a typical example. Volunteers chose to try and keep the operational set in reasonable condition, so 51135 continued in service while other vehicles on site sadly deteriorated.

In June 2008 the railway was hit by a serious arson attack and all seven of the DMU vehicles on the railway were damaged to varying degrees, ranging from light external damage to fully gutted vehicles. Following this incident, the railway later ceased operations and agreed to close the site and relocate the salvageable assets to the nearby Gwili Railway.

51135 was considered as being damaged beyond repair, so in Spring 2009 the vehicle was dispatched to Ammanford Metal Recycling where it was scrapped. 51135 was not unique, but its demise left only two Class 116 DMBS vehicles left in preservation.

 

After the arson attack, some vehicles were so badly damaged it became difficult to identify them from photographs. This is believed to be 51135 (left) and Class 121 55026 (right) lying derelict on the closed Swansea Vale Railway just a few months before scrapping and total site clearance, 14/2/09. Richard Wilson

   

51135 after the arson attack, 2/11/08. Mac Winfield

   

Believed to be 51135 stored at Swansea, 16/2/08. Rob Phillips

   

51135 stabled at Six Pit, 25/7/03. David Beardmore

   

51135, 59490 & 51148 at Six Pit, 21/3/02.David McGuire

 

Interior

 

After the arson attack, some vehicles were so badly damaged it became difficult to identify them from photographs. This is believed to be the guards compartment of 51135, which it can clearly be seen has suffered total destruction, 14/2/09. Richard Wilson

   

After the arson attack, some vehicles were so badly damaged it became difficult to identify them from photographs. This is believed to be the guards compartment of 51135, which it can clearly be seen has suffered total destruction, 14/2/09. Richard Wilson