51370 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Location History

Chasewater Railway 94-?

Current Location

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway


Private Site: Titley Junction ?-Sep 17

Current Status



Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Sep 17-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)



Partner Vehicle(s)





Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd






Record Last Updated

20 September 2017


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Details on 51370’s early preservation life are sparse, but the vehicle seems to have been preserved with partner 51412 for the Chasewater Railway in 1994.

By 1999 51370 & 51412 had been repainted into BR Green with half yellow warning panel. The set provided some off-peak diesel services on the Chasewater line for many years.

In 2003, 51370/51412 were the star attraction at the annual Railcar Association convention, operating both passenger trips and driver experience runs over the event.

At some time between 2008 & 2010 the vehicle was sold and moved onto a private site at Titley Junction where the station area was being brought back into use under the title “The Kingfisher Line”. The site was not normally open to the public except on selected open days and was essentially a private project.

It is presumed that the original intention was to continue operating 51370/51412 when required at the railway, however there appears to be no evidence that 51370 ever operated in passenger service and after several years it was confirmed that 51370 was indeed out of use and in storage.

During the mid 2010's 51370 was held in storage where its condition deteriorated significantly.

2017 saw 51370 sold to Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd and was moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway shortly afterwards, becoming the sixth Class 117 vehicle to arrive on the railway.

51370 is currently being assessed by its new owners with a view to deciding its future.

Future Plans
It is not currently known if the vehicle will be restored at the GWSR or if it will be stripped for salvagable spare parts.


51370/51412 at the Chasewater Railway. Ian Francis


51370/51412 at the Chasewater Railway, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay