51346 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

North Norfolk Railway 94-Dec 03

Current Location

Eastleigh Works

 

Swanage Railway Dec 03-Sep 14

Current Status

Stored

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

Visited Railways

Eastleigh Works Sep 14-Present

TRA Designation

5

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

 

 

 

Website

swanagerailway.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 January 2018

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Withdrawn from British Rail service in July 1993, 51346 was preserved in 1994 along with TCL 59516 & DMS 51388 . It is unclear if the set spent some time at the Mid Norfolk Railway (County School) before moving to the NNR or not.

From 1994-1996 the vehicle received restoration work, and it moved for the first time in February 1995 on a test run.

May 1996 saw 51346 outshopped in BR Green livery. Also during that year, the redundant headcode box was opened and photo copies of numbers taped inside the box to return it to its original appearance. 51346 & 51388 made their first runs at the June 1996 diesel gala event, as a 2-car set.

From 1996, 51346 operated much of the NNR's off peak diesel requireents, such as low-season work, mid season running alongside steam and high season running in the form of the first and last trains of the day.

Winter 1997 saw the heaters repaired on the vehicle allowing it to provide heat during winter services, and in 1998 new batteries fitted in the spring which resolved a number of problems, exacerbated by the winter weather, essentially caused by poor batteries.

In 2000 the roof was repainted but 51346 was suffering due to problems with the batteries. The set was dogged with mechanical issues and was regularly out of traffic. This, along with the realisation that long term the vehicles would require much work to the numerous doors, lead to the set being put up for sale shortly afterwards.

51346 was purchased by the Swanage Railway, who purcahsed the whole 3-car set (incluing unrestored TCL 59516) in 2003.

At Swanage 51346 & 51388 entered traffic and became the railway's main DMU set, replacing Class 10851933 & 56504 which was in need of refurbishment.

On 9th February 2009 51346 & 51388 became the first train to run passengers from the bay at Swanage since 1966 following the completion of resignalling work.

In 2010, 51346 was removed from traffic and stored awaiting overhaul, its duties being covered by Class 108 set 51933 & 56504 which had by this time been fully overhauled. A four year period of inactivity followed whilst the vehicle awaited restoration and it sadly deteriorated badly during this period.

In September 2014, 51346 was sent to Eastleigh Works for overhaul and mainline registration. However, reportedly spare parts donor 51356 was assessed and found to be in better condition than 51346, despite the former having never run in preservation. For this reason it was descided to swap the vehicles and 51346 was sadly removed from the Swanage Railway 3-car set and became the spares donor for the project. It was progressively stripped over several years as the mainline registration of the other vehicles progressed.

In late 2017, 51346 was moved outdoors in a semi-stripped state.

51346 is currently stored at Eastleigh Works as a spare parts donor for 51356.

Future Plans
Although not confirmed officially, it is expected that 51346 will continue to provide parts for 51356and other vehicles, before being disposed of.

 

51346 & 51388 in store at Harmans Cross, 7/5/11. John Cordingley

   

51346 paired with Class 121 55028 working half term week trains between Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle. Usual partner 51388 was out of traffic requiring engine repairs, 27/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

51346 paired with Class 121 55028 working half term week trains between Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle. Usual partner 51388 was out of traffic requiring engine repairs, 27/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

51346 paired with Class 121 55028 working half term week trains crossing the viaduct at Corfe Castle. Usual partner 51388 was out of traffic requiring engine repairs, 27/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

51346 paired with Class 121 55028 arriving into Corfe Castle working half term week trains. Usual partner 51388 was out of traffic requiring engine repairs, 27/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

51346 paired with Class 121 55028 at night at Norden. Usual partner 51388 was out of traffic requiring engine repairs, 27/10/09. Chris Moxon

   

51346 at Weybourne on the North Norfolk Railway, February 2002 . Stuart Mackay

   

51346/51388 depart Weybourne on a Holt-Sheringham service, 7/7/96. ee20213