51356 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Private Site: Winfrith 04-Mar 07

Current Location

Eastleigh Works

 

Weardale Railway Mar 07-Nov 09

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Private Site: Allelys Heavy Haulage Nov 09-Dec 14

Current Livery

Network SouthEast

 

Swanage Railway Dec 14-Feb 15

TRA Designation

5

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

59486 & 51388

Visited Railways

Eastleigh Works (Contract Overhaul) Feb 15-Present

Owner

Dorset County Council

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

18 September 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly seeing service around London as 2-car set 117702, 51356 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 59492 from 117313 and DMS 51392 from set 117701.

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. 51356, 59492 & 51392 was the set moved to the former location in March 2007.

51356 remained in store, with no work being undertaken on the vehicle. After many years out of use, the vehicle had deteriorated in condition.

In 2009, the whole set was moved to Allelys yard in Warwickshire, for continued storage.

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 the six other vehicles were sold. However, 51356 was not disposed of and remained in store.

In December 2014, 51392 was moved to the Swanage Railway for spares recovery, originally intended to assist with the mainline regestration of DMBS 51346. However a condition assessment was made of 51356 and it was reportedly found to be in better condition than 51346, so the descision was made to overhaul the former in preference to the latter.

Februay 2015 saw 51356 move to Eastleigh Works where work started to re-register the vehicle for mainline running. This work is currently ongoing.

Future Plans
51356 is to be fully overhauled to mainline standards at Eastleigh Works, after which it will be returned to the Swanage Railway to operate as a 3-car set running link services to the mainline at Wareham.

 

51356 at Swanage for component recovery, 12/14.Keith Mitchell

   

51356, in storage at the Weardale Railway, 19/5/07. David Beardmore