51375 Class 117 Driving Motor Second

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Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Location History

Birmingham Railway Museum 99-04

Current Location

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway


Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Jun 15-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green

Visited Railways

Chiltern Railways (Mainline) 04-Jun 15

TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Paul Webb






Record Last Updated

9 December 2015


Preservation Modifications
None, although the vehicle is extremely modified from its national rail departmental career.

Preservation Information
51375 latterly saw use as 117724 in the London area with Network SouthEast before withdrawal.

51375 was preserved at the Birmingham Railway Museum, but was never returned to service there.

In 2004 the vehicle was bought by Chiltern Railways for conversion to an intermediate power car for it's water jetting train. It was converted at LH Group Services, near Burton-on-Trent, and was completed in September 2004. The cab end was cut off and a gangway end built on, with roller shutter doors, in case the water containers ever had to be removed.

As part of this train, 51375 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 for Chiltern Railways. The vehicle was preserved for a second time in June 2015 after finally being dispensed with nearly 60 years after the vehicle was first built!

Purchased by Paul Webb, 51375 was moved to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railwayto become a Signal & Telegraph department stores van and also priovide spare parts for the Class 121 vehicles based on the railway.

Future Plans
To be used as a stores van and mechanical spare parts donor.


After a lengthy spell on the mainline in departmental service, 51375 is seen at Aylesbury after being sold back into preservation, 20/5/15. Haversham Shunter


51375 just before the conversion, 17/7/04. Simon Edwards


51375 at the Birmingham Railway Museum, 11/2/01. Stuart Mackay


51375 stored at Tyseley, 29/5/00. Andy Cole