51352 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Private Site: MOD Long Marston

Location History

West Somerset Railway ?-Jan 07

Current Location

Private Site: MOD Long Marston

 

Private Site: MOD Long Marston Jan 07-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

Grey Primer

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59505 & 51376

 

 

Owner

275 Railway Squadron, Territorial Army

 

 

Website

www.mod.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
The vehicle is modified as required for a number of MOD exercises.

Preservation Information
51352 was latterly part of Class 117 set 117311, and was withdrawn after final mainline use in Scotland. After a period in storage at Shoeburyness, it was purchased by the Territorial Army along with partner 51376. They were joined by centre car 59505 from set 117301 and moved to the West Somerset Railway where they were intended to provide overhaul and maintenance experience for the 275 Railway Squadron.

Whilst at the West Somerset Railway 51352 was returned to passenger carrying condition, and repainted into green livery. It then shared passenger services with the operating Class 115 set, with partner 51376. The Territorial Army’s own centre car however was used in loco hauled services, with 51352 operating with WSR owned 59493 instead.

In 2007 the set was re-formed into 51352,59505 & 51376 and relocated to the MOD’s site at Long Marston.

Whilst at Long Marston 51352 provided use as a training vehicle for 275 Railway Squadron. It received some minor modifications such as what appears to be visual monitoring equipment for such exercises. Understandably, the details of some of the modifications were confidential.

51352 has seen limited public passenger use on a handful of occasions, being used to transport visitors around the site during annual MOD Long Marston charity open days.

In 2010, the vehicle was repainted in primer.

The termination of MOD railway operations in 2014 has left the future of MOD owned rolling stock, including 51376, in doubt. However the vehicle remains secure at Long Marston at present.

Future Plans
Unknown

 

51352 in service during an open day at Long Marston, 17/9/11. Roger Marks

   

Freshly painted 51352 at Long Marston, 18/9/10. Nigel Gould

   

51352, 59505 & 51376 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

51352, 59505 & 51376 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

51352, 59505 & 51376 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

51352, 59505 & 51376 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

51352, 59506 & 51376 in service at Blue Anchor, 24/9/05. Simon Edwards

   

51352 in service at Williton on the West Somerset Railway, 7/9/04. Graham Turner

   

51352 stabled at Minehead, 15/8/03. David McGuire

   

51352, 59506 & 51376 seen at Minehead, 8/4/03. Roger Marks

 

Interior

 

The front saloon looking towards the cab during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon looking towards the guards van during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

The interior, 8/4/03. Roger Marks