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

E

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51413

 

 

Owner

DPR Carriage Group

 

 

Website

northsomsersetrailway.com

   

Record Last Updated

15 October 2016

   

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.

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

 

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