51372 Class 117 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Chasewater Railway 94-09

Current Location

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

 

Private Site: Titley Junction 09-Jul 17

Current Status

Stored

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Jul 17-Present

Current Livery

BR Blue (Full Yellow End)

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd

 

 

Website

www.gwsr-dmu.org.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 August 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51372 was preserved on the Chasewater Railway soon after its withdrawal in January 1994, to act as a locomotive hauled control trailer vehicle. For this reason, the vehicle has never been “in the limelight” and its history is therefore quite illusive.

By 1995 the vehicle was in passenger service as a hauled coach painted in a non standard maroon & cream colour scheme. Being a relatively short line, the ability of 51372’s many doors to load and unload passengers very quickly was much appreciated by the railway.

At some point in the early 2000's the vehicle was repainted into BR Blue with full yellow ends and continued to be used as a hauled vehicle. However the extending of the Chasewater Railway and introduction of run round loops meant that the requirement for 51372 was diminishing.

In July 2003 the vehicle was put on display during the Annual Railcar Convention.

Over the next five years 51372 continued to see occasional use in the line's passenger train as locomotive hauled coaching stock.

Deemed surplus to requirements in 2009, 51372 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.

There appears to be no evidence that 51370 ever operated in passenger service at Titley Junction and after several years it was confirmed that 51372 was indeed out of use and in storage.

2017 saw 51372 sold to Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd and was moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway shortly afterwards, becoming the fifth Class 117 vehicle to arrive on the railway.

51372 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.

 

W51372 soon after being unloaded at Toddington following its recent sale and movement to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, 25/7/17. GWSR DMU Group

   

51372 stabled at Brownhills West, 15/6/08. David Beardmore

   

51372 stabled at Brownhills West, 22/7/07. Kevin Boyd

   

51372 in use as a hauled coach on the Chasewater Railway, 16/9/06. Richard Moxon

   

51372 in use as a hauled coach at Brownhills West, 16/9/06. Richard Moxon

   

51372 at Brownhills West, 15/5/04.

   

At Brownhills West with 59444 behind during the 2003 Railcar Convention, 12/7/03. Paul Moxon

   

At Brownhills West with 59444 behind during the 2003 Railcar Convention, 12/7/03. Steve Hodgson

   

With 59444 during the 2003 Railcar Convention, 12/7/03. Ian Francis

   

51372 stabled on the Chasewater Railway, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay

   

Thought to be 51372, 1995. John Law