51354 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

Home Railway

Peak Rail

Location History

Private Site: Cardiff Cathays ?-?

Current Location

Peak Rail

 

Private Site: Llangennech  ?-07

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway 07-Apr 13

Current Livery

BR Green

 

Peak Rail Apr 13-Present

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51396

 

 

Owner

Mike Thompson

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Little is known about the early preservation life of 51354. The vehicle last saw use on the BR network as part of Network SouthEast’s L720 set with partner 51396. It is presumed the pair were preserved in the early 2000’s in common with most of the Class 117 disposals.

51354 was initially stored at Cardiff Cathays depot before relocating to a private site at Llangennech.

By 2007, 51354 had relocated to its main home the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway at Cynheidre.

51354 remained in storage undercover inside the LMMR's sizable shed and received some limited restoration work and the engines were started on several occations.

In February 2013 51354 was put up for sale as the railway wanted to create space on site and to concentrate on the restoration of fellow residents 52029 & 55019. After purchase twomonths later the vehicle was relocated to Peak Rail.

During 2014 the restoration of 51354 was started on a contract basis by newly formed Grinsty Rail. By summer 2015 the vehicle had been repainted into BR green.

Future Plans
To complete the contract restoration and return to service.

 

51354 part way through a repaint into green, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51354 part way through a repaint into green, 19/4/15. Brian Cuttell

   

51354, little unchanged from 10 years ago, in store at Rowsley South, 21/9/13. Nigel Gould

 

Interior

 

A cab view of 51354 during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

A cab view of 51354 during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51354's main passenger saloon during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51354's rear passenger saloon during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51354's guards van during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon