51342 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Epping & Ongar Railway

Location History

Lavender Line Jul 94-96

Current Location

Epping & Ongar Railway


Private Site: Snetterton 96-99

Current Status

Under Restoration


Epping & Ongar Railway 99-Present

Current Livery




TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Epping & Ongar Railway






Record Last Updated

13 October 2018


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51342 was withdrawn in December 1993 and preserved on the Lavender Line the following year as a 3-car set with 59511 & 51384. However the vehicle did not stay long and it is not known if the vehicle ever operated whilst at the Lavender Line.

51342 was moved with partner 51384 to Snetterton for storage prior to a planned move to the Mid Norfolk Railway. However this did not happen and the two vehicles moved to the embryonic Epping & Ongar Railway three years later.

Whilst there, 51342 saw some use, the lack of run round facilities making the DMU set ideal for passenger services. 51342 was first repainted into a non authentic “Epping & Ongar” red livery in 2000.

In 2002, the vehicle was repainted into lined blue, another non-authentic livery with Epping & Ongar branding.

Between 2004 and 2007 51342 & 51384 were used on passenger shuttles along the line during weekends.

2007 saw the vehicles fall out of use after the Epping & Ongar Railway closed for redevelopment, the line also saw a change of ownership during the period. During this period of closure, 51342 & 51384 have been taken out of traffic to be restored to original condition. 51342 was returned to BR Green livery on one side, while work also progressed on the interior. The railway re-opened for passenger services in 2012 using loco hauled trains, and 51342's restoration continued.

2011 saw work focus on the interior, with new panelling being fitted throughout.

By 2013, the ceilings had been repaired and repainted.

In 2014, the flooring was replaced throughout the passenger sections of the vehicle, and the restoration of the guards van was fully completed. In July, it was extracted for work on the mechanics to be undertaken.

By 2016, a start had been made on bodywork repairs to the vehicle, which was particularly bad around the guards van. Work on the interior continued and with the completion of the restoration of partner 51384 in 2017, restoration focus could be spent solely on 51342.

Future Plans
It is planned for the interior restoration to be completed before the vehicle is returned to traffic. 51342 will also be repainted into a more appropriate livery before a return to service.


51342 inside the shed at North Weald undergoing repairs to its bodysides and cab, 6/10/18. Chris Moxon


51342 extracted for work on the mechanics to be undertaken, 29/7/14. Epping & Ongar Railway


51342 receiving interior work, 26/4/14. Andy Crawley


The first areas of corrosion are removed from the No2 side of 51342, 22/1/14. Colin Dye


51342 undergoing restoration work, 3/7/11. David Beardmore


51342 undergoing restoration work, 3/7/11. David Beardmore


51342 & 51384 at Ongar, 17/3/08. David McGuire


51342 At North Weald on the Epping Ongar Railway, during its days when it was painted in EOR house colours. David Jacobs


51342 & 51384 in service at Ongar, 2/1/05. Michael Wadman




51342's interior appears to have taken backward steps: this being due to severe corrosion being found within the vehicle after the interior had been restored. It is seen here during a tour of the restoration work, damage to the interior will have to be reversed of course once bodywork is completed, 6/10/18. Chris Moxon


New flooring installed, 23/4/14. Epping Ongar Railway


The lino removed, 25/3/14. Epping Ongar Railway


Fully restored guards van, 2/14. Epping Ongar Railway


View of the smaller saloon under restoration, 1/14. Epping Ongar Railway


Fully refurbished driver's seat ready for fitting, 10/13. Epping Ongar Railway


Replacement ceiling being installed in the guards van, 10/13. Epping Ongar Railway


View of the main saloon under restoration, 7/13. Epping Ongar Railway


Ceiling painting, 7/13. Epping Ongar Railway


Replacement plywood interior panels are installed, 6/11. Epping Ongar Railway