51352 Class 117 Driving Motor Second

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Private Site: MOD Long Marston

Location History

West Somerset Railway ?-Jan 07

Current Location

Private Site: MOD Long Marston

 

Private Site: MOD Long Marston Jan 07-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59505 & 51352

 

 

Owner

275 Railway Squadron, Territorial Army

 

 

Website

www.mod.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
The vehicle is modified as required for a number of MOD exercises.

Preservation Information
51376 was latterly part of Class 117 set 117311, and was withdrawn after final mainline use in Scotland. After a period in storage at Shoeburyness, it was purchased by the Territorial Army along with partner 51352. They were joined by centre car 59505 from set 117301 and moved to the West Somerset Railway where they were intended to provide overhaul and maintenance experience for the 275 Railway Squadron.

Whilst at the West Somerset Railway 51376 was returned to passenger carrying condition, and repainted into green livery. It then shared passenger services with the operating Class 115 set, with partner 51352. The Territorial Army’s own centre car however was used in loco hauled services, with 51376 operating with WSR owned 59493 instead.

In 2007 the set was re-formed into 51352,59505 & 51376 and relocated to the MOD’s site at Long Marston.

Whilst at Long Marston 51376 provided use as a training vehicle for 275 Railway Squadron. It received some minor modifications such as what appears to be visual monitoring equipment for such exercises. Understandably, the details of some of the modifications were confidential.

51376 has seen limited public passenger use on a handful of occasions, being used to transport visitors around the site during annual MOD Long Marston charity open days.

The termination of MOD railway operations in 2014 has left the future of MOD owned rolling stock, including 51376, in doubt. However the vehicle remains secure at Long Marston at present.

Future Plans
Unknown

 

51376, 59505 & 51352 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Daniel Adkins

   

51376, 59505 & 51352 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

51376 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

51376, 59506 & 51352 in service at Minehead, 24/9/05. Simon Edwards

   

51376 leads a set working a Bishops Lydeard-Minehead service, arriving into Crowcombe Heathfield, 9/4/04. Nick Wilcock

   

51376 stabled at Minehead, 15/8/03. David McGuire

 

Interior

 

The interior, 8/4/03. Roger Marks