51341 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second (Scrapped)

Last Location

Dean Forest Railway

Location History

Private Site: Winfrith 04-Mar 07

Current Status

Scrapped at Dean Forest Railway, 2012

 

Midland Railway Butterley Mar 07-Jan 12

Last Livery

Network SouthEast

 

Dean Forest RailwayJan 12-Mar 12

Partner Vehicle(s)

51398

   

Record Last Updated

16 November 2012

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly seeing service around London as 2-car set 117704, 51341 was stored for many years before preservation in 2004.

The vehicle was purchased by Dorset County Council who wished to obtain three 3-car Class 117 sets for a proposed community rail link between Swanage and Wareham. 51341 was joined by two other vehicles from different sets, TCL 59486 from 117310 and DMS 51398 from set L702.

In 2004 the 3-car unit was moved to a private site in Dorset where all nine of the Class 117 vehicles were being stored in readiness for the Swanage Railway's Wareham extension to bear fruit.

However in 2007 the site had to be cleared with one set relocating to the Weardale Railway and the other two to the Midland Railway Butterley, all for storage. 51341, 59486 & 51398 were one of the sets moved to the latter location in March 2007.

51341 remained in store, with no work being undertaken on the vehicle. After many years out of use, the vehicle had deteriorated in condition.

In 2008 the TCL 59486 was extracted for restoration returning 51341 & 51398 to a 2-car set.

By 2011 it was understood that Dorset County Council would no longer be proceeding with the plan to operate the nine Class 117 vehicles, and 51341 was sold to two private individuals who in turn advertised the vehicle for sale publically. Heavily robbed by metal thieves, the vehicle was beyond economic restoration, so was stripped for spares, components assisting more than 10 other restoration projects.

In January 2012, 51341 was moved to the Dean Forest for further parts recovery and was cut up on site two months later.

 

Cutting well underway at the Dean Forest Railway, 30/3/12. Trevor Daw

   

Cutting well underway at the Dean Forest Railway, 30/3/12. Trevor Daw

   

Cutting well underway at the Dean Forest Railway, 30/3/12. Trevor Daw

   

51341 being stripped at Butterley for spare parts shortly before moving on for final component recovery, Jan 12. Ian Bradbury

   

51341 being stripped for spare parts at Swanwick Junction, 17/12/11. Mike Gill

   

51341 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

51341 stored at Swanwick Junction, 27/9/08. Daniel Adkins

   

51341 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon

   

51341 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala. The vehicle has recently been moved from private storage, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon