51370 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Chasewater Railway 94-?

Current Location

Whitwell & Reepham Railway

 

Private Site: Titley Junction ?-Sep 17

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Sep 17-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

51412

 

 

Owner

Paul Hughes

 

 

Website

facebook.com/groups/1582178358535120

   

Record Last Updated

18 September 2018

   

Preservation Modifications
None

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. However it was very quickly put up for sale the following year and was purchased by Paul Hughes.

Future Plans
To restore the vehicle and return it to passenger use.

 

51370/51412 at the Chasewater Railway. Ian Francis

   

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