51339 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

Home Railway

Nomadic

Location History

Barry Island Railway Jun 04-09

Current Location

East Lancashire Railway

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Mar 11-Jul 12

Current Status

Operational

 

East Lancashire RailwayOct 12-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

   

TRA Designation

4

Visited Railways

Midland Railway Butterley (Contract Restoration) Nov 03-Jun 04

Partner Vehicle(s)

51382

 

Private Site: LH Group (Contract Restoration) 09-Mar 11

Owner

Mike Thompson

 

Peak Rail (Storage) Jul 12-Oct 12

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

10 December 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly seeing service in Scotland as set 117313, 51339 and partner 51382 were stored at Shoeburyness before preservation in 2003.

51339 was immediately sent for a contract external restoration by LS Restorations at the Midland Railway Butterley. This was completed in just six months and included a repaint into BR Green.

51339 was then moved to its intended home the Barry Island Railway in Wales where it operated for four years as a two car set with 51382.

In 2008 the lease on the Barry Island Railway was terminated, and the DMU fleet of three sets disbanded.

51339 was put up for sale in May 2009 and moved into secure storage at LH Group later that year.

In March 2010, 51339 & 51382 were purchased by Mike Thompson. That year, 51339 was internally gutted and a complete new interior fitted. Work included new lino, seat repainting & upholstering, new roof & side panels and a refurbished lighting system. The interior was also fully repainted. By 2011, the internal restoration was complete and the vehicle, now in good condition, was made available for hire.

In 2011, 51339 & 51382 were hired by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway to operate their northern section, severed from the remaining line following a landslip. Maintenance work was undertaken on 51339 to ensure a smooth return to passenger use following its period out of service. It was used for over 100 days during the year, until members of the GWSR started operating their own Class 117 set obtained from the Mid Hants.

51339 did not operate much in 2012 as it was between hire contracts. It was briefly stored at Peak Railduring the summer and late autumn before being hired by the East Lancashire Railway, where it enetered service during December.

Since then 51339 & 51382 have remained part of the ELR's operational fleet.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

W51339/W51382 at Bury whilst working Bury-Heywood Christmas shuttle services, 30/11/14. Richard Moxon

   

W51339 & W51382 stand at Rawtenstall with the 12:45 Rawtenstall-Heywood dueing the DMU Day, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51339 at Bury Bolton Street during DMU day attached to a recently restored CCT which was used on two round trips as a tail load behind the Class 117 set, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51339/W51382 stand at Bury Bolton Street waiting to work the 16:00 Bury-Heywood shuttle. The set was in use during Santa Specials operating a feeder service on the line's eastern section of line, used for connections with the Santas and also for Christmas shoppers, 21/12/12. Chris Moxon

   

A corridor view of W51339 at Bury Bolton Street waiting to work the 17:35 Bury-Heywood shuttle. The set was in use during Santa Specials operating a feeder service on the line's eastern section of line, used for connections with the Santas and also for Christmas shoppers, 21/12/12. Chris Moxon

   

51339 & 51382 in service at Toddington, 4/9/11. Tony Tranter

   

51339 calls at Toddington, 14/8/11. Tony Hosking

   

51339 calls at Toddington, 14/8/11. Tony Hosking

   

The vehicle has recently been removed from storage and placed on loan to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway and can now be found operating from Toddington, 1/5/11. Trevor Daw

   

In storage at LH Group, 3/5/10. Daniel Adkins

   

Class 117 51339 / 51382 on the Barry Island Railway, 6/5/07. Daniel Adkins

   

In use during a Transport Festival at Dock Junction, 10/6/06. Martin Sprigg

   

51339 & 51382 on the causeway, 14/4/06. Ben Salter

   

51339 on the Barry Island Railway, 15/10/05, David McGuire

 

Interior

 

W51339's cab, driver's side, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51339's cab, secondman's side, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51339's front saloon, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51339's middle saloon, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51339's guards van, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon