51371 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Private Site: MOD Long MarstonJun 15-Present

Current Location

Private Site: MOD Long Marston



Current Status

Under Restoration



Current Livery

BR Green



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





DPR Carriage Group






Record Last Updated

3 March 2018


Preservation Modifications
None, although the vehicle had spent time on the mainline as a water jetting car, so had been previously heavily modified from original condition for this purpose.

Preservation Information
51371 was part of the last Class 117 set operational on the mainline, out lasting other vehicles by some ten years due to its continued use on the national network as a water jetting train for Chiltern Railways. The vehicle was very heavily modified for this purpose and was preserved in June 2015 after finally being dispensed with nearly 60 years after the vehicle was first built!

The water jetting train was a three car unit but the middle coach was sold to a separate organisation. With no operational site, the North Somerset Railway is initially restoring 51371 at the MOD site at Long Marston, with their other stock which includes a Class 121.

By 2018 the vehicle was inside the shed with body and conversion work progressing well.

Future Plans
To rebuild the interior and restore the vehicle as a passenger vehicle once more.


51371 inside the shed at Long Marston, with bodywork and conversion work ongoing, 15/2/18. Michael Hughes


51371 en-route to Tyseley having just been preserved, 28/4/15. Mark Miller