51189 Class 101 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Location History

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 07-Present

Current Location

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)











Record Last Updated

5 December 2015


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51189 was latterly part of 101660 and was withdrawn from the Manchester area in the early 2000’s. Following a period in storage, the vehicle was acquired (along with 51803) by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and moved to the line in 2007. The set was bought with the intension of replacing their 108 set whilst undergoing overhaul, and then to strengthen the 108 to four cars when it returned to traffic.

The vehicle was in poor mechanical condition compared to 51803 so 51189 was set aside for some time while 51803’s overhaul was progressed.

However by 2010, restoration of the vehicle was in full swing. During the late winter/early summer months, considerable body, door and window work was undertaken including the fitting of a new corridor connection. Internally, restored seat frames and reupholstered seats were fitted, along with a new floor and ceiling. Mechanically, one engine was serviceable, the other requiring further work. The vehicle was later lifted for repairs to the final drives and bogies. During this time the vehicle was also repainted into BR Green.

Work to bring the vehicle up to passenger carrying standards continued from 2011 to 2013, with the interior receiving a full overhaul with all items removed, cleaned, repaired and refitted where required. The seating was reupholstered.

During 2012 and 2013 the mechanics of the vehicle, which had been very poor, were attended to with replacement engines, gearboxes and springs all being required.

51189 entered service in 2013 with partner 51803 and, after testing/running in, replaced the railway's Class 108set which had operated continuously for 15 years without overhaul!

Since then the 2-car set has reliably operated much of the railway's DMU booked services, sharing lighter services with Railbus 79964.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


M51189 waitng to depart Keighley, 6/9/15. Chris Moxon


51189/51803 arrive into Oakworth, 11/5/14. James Horrell


51189 undergoing mechanical attention at Haworth, 2/3/13. Bill Pugsley


51189, seen undergoing bodywork repairs, 12/2/08. Shaun Whitehead




Cab view, 6/9/15. Chris Moxon


The front saloon, 6/9/15. Chris Moxon


The middle saloon, 6/9/15. Chris Moxon


The guards van, 6/9/15. Chris Moxon