51363 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Mid Hants Railway 02-Oct 11

Current Location

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Oct 11-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59510 & 51405

 

 

Owner

Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd

 

 

Website

gwsr-dmu.org.uk

   

Record Last Updated

25 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51363 & partner 51405 were latterly in use in the London area as Network SouthEast’s L721 set.

Following a period in storage 51363 was moved to the Mid Hants Railway in 2002 where it was refurbished and repainted into BR Green alongside 51405.

The 2-car set was later returned to its original 3-car formation with the addition of TCL 59510 from the West Somerset Railway although this vehicle was confusingly incorrectly numbered 59515 for a time!

Between 2006 and 2008, partner 51405 was occationally substituted for 51400, which was on the line at this time as a spare powercar.

Due to a change in employment in 2011, the owner left the MHR to take over the role of looking after steam loco 70000 Britannia, which resulted in the entire MHR DMU fleet being reluctanctly sold. The MHR itself were offered first refusal to buy 51363, but had to turn the offer down as funds had already been allocated for other projects on the railway. The 3-car set was purchased complete by Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd, who relocated the vehicle to the landslip-stricken Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in October 2011.

In 2012, a Kenlowe fan was fitted on the No2 engine, and several stepboards replaced.

51363 saw much use operating the "northern section" of the temporarily divided railway, and was part of the celebrations after the railway of two halves was reconnected in October 2012.

Gradually throughout 2015 the interior passenger saloons inside 51363 received a visual boost when the seating was fully reupholstered into authentic BR blue/green material. This work was completed in September 2015.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

W51363/W51405 arriving into Winchcombe, 26/7/15. Kevin Gale

   

W51363/W59510/W51405 depart Toddington on a Winchcombe service, 29/7/14. Neil Carr

   

W51363/W59510/W51405 cross Stanway Viaduct, 26/7/13. Nigel Gould

   

Corridor view of W51363, 26/7/13. Nigel Gould

   

Volunteers in front of W51363/W59510/W51405 & W55003 in a four car formation at Toddington for a reopening special to Cheltenham Racecourse, 30/10/12. Jack Boskett

   

W51363/W59510/W51405 & W55003 in a four car formation at Chicken Curve for a reopening special to Cheltenham Racecourse, 30/10/12. Jack Boskett

   

W51363/W59510/W51405 & W55003 in a four car formation at Toddington for a reopening special to Cheltenham Racecourse, 30/10/12. Jack Boskett

   

W51363/W59510/W51405 & W55003 in a four car formation arrive into Cheltenham Racecourse for a reopening special. This was the first time the Class 117 had reached this location, 30/10/12.Ian Butler

   

W51363 & W51405 arrive into Medstead & Four Marks whilst operating some of their final trains on the Mid Hants Railway, 22/9/11. Keith Duke

   

W51363 stabled at Alresford, 25/4/10. Clive Barker

   

W51363 stabled at Alresford, 22/8/08. Chris Moxon

   

W51363 & W51405 in service near Ropley, 13/5/05. Darren Harris

   

W51363/W51405 arriving onto Ropley shed, 23/5/04. David Beardmore

   

W51363 at Alresford sandwiched between W51405 (left) and W55003 (right), 29/6/03. Robert Frise

 

Interior

 

Freshly reupholstered seating inside 51363, 12/9/15. GWSR Carriage & Wagon Blog