51382 Class 117 Driving Motor Second

Home Railway

Nomadic

Location History

Barry Island Railway Jun 04-09

Current Location

East Lancashire Railway

 

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Mar 11-Jul 12

Current Status

Operational

 

East Lancashire RailwayOct 12-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

   

TRA Designation

4

Visited Railways

Midland Railway Butterley (Contract Restoration) Nov 03-Jun 04

Partner Vehicle(s)

51339

 

Private Site: LH Group (Contract Restoration) 09-Mar 11

Owner

Mike Thompson

 

Peak Rail (Storage) Jul 12-Oct 12

Website

None

 

 

Record Last Updated

11 November 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly seeing service in Scotland as set 117313, 51382 and partner 51339 were stored at Shoeburyness before preservation in 2003.

51382 was immediately sent for a contract external restoration by LS Restorations at the Midland Railway Butterley. This was completed in just six months and included a repaint into BR Green.

51382 was then moved to its intended home the Barry Island Railway in Wales where it operated for four years as a two car set with 51339.

In 2008 the lease on the Barry Island Railway was terminated, and the DMU fleet of three sets disbanded.

51382 was put up for sale in May 2009 and moved into secure storage at LH Group later that year.

In March 2010, 51382 & 51339 were purchased by Mike Thompson. That year, 51382 was internally gutted and a complete new interior fitted. Work included new lino, seat repainting & upholstering, new roof & side panels and a refurbished lighting system. The interior was also fully repainted. By 2011, the internal restoration was complete and the vehicle, now in good condition, was made available for hire.

In 2011, 51382 &51339were hired by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway to operate their northern section, severed from the remaining line following a landslip. Maintenance work was undertaken on 51382 to ensure a smooth return to passenger use following its period out of service. It was used for over 100 days during the year, until members of the GWSR started operating their own Class 117 set obtained from the Mid Hants.

51382 did not operate much in 2012 as it was between hire contracts. It was briefly stored at Peak Railduring the summer and late autumn before being hired by the East Lancashire Railway, where it entered service during December.

51382 & 51339 became a core part of the ELR fleet from 2012-2017 on a five year hire contract.

in April 2013, 51382 was taken out of traffic for a repaint, contracted to Heritage Painting. This was done, start to finish, in just 13 days and was completed within the month with the vehicle returning quickly to service.

Future Plans
The hire contract for 51382 has now expired, and following the return to service of several of the ELR's own fleet, is is thought that there is no guarantee it will be renewed.

 

W51382 at Ramsbottom with a Bury shuttle service, 4/11/17. Chris Moxon

   

W51382 at Bury during driver experiences, 3/11/17. Chris Moxon

   

W51382/W51339 stand at a wet Rawtenstall, 7/11/15. Phil Wallis

   

W51382/W51339 at Bury whilst working Bury-Heywood Christmas shuttle services, 30/11/14. Richard Moxon

   

W51382's "works photo" outside the shed immediately after the conclusion of the repaint, which remarkable took 13 days start to finish, 1/5/13. Heritage Painting

   

A few days later and the gloss is complete and one side lined out complete with crest, 23/4/13. Heritage Painting

   

W51382 after receiving gloss on the first side, 19/4/13. Heritage Painting

   

W51382 after primer had been applied to the whole vehicle, 18/4/13. Heritage Painting

   

W51382 after primer had been applied to one side, 16/4/13. Heritage Painting

   

W51382 inside the shed at Bury, rubbed down at the end of day 1 of the repainting contract, 15/4/13. Heritage Painting

   

W51382 & W51339 stand at Rawtenstall with the 12:45 Rawtenstall-Heywood dueing the DMU Day, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51382 at Ramsbottom during DMU day attached to a recently restored CCT which was used on two round trips as a tail load behind the Class 117 set, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51382/W51339 stand at Bury Bolton Street waiting to work the 17:35 Bury-Heywood shuttle. The set was in use during Santa Specials operating a feeder service on the line's eastern section of line, used for connections with the Santas and also for Christmas shoppers, 21/12/12. Chris Moxon

   

A corridor view of W51382 at Bury Bolton Street waiting to work the 15:10 Bury-Heywood shuttle. The set was in use during Santa Specials operating a feeder service on the line's eastern section of line, used for connections with the Santas and also for Christmas shoppers, 21/12/12. Chris Moxon

   

51382 & 51339 arrive into Toddington from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's new northern section to Laverton, 10/7/11. Darren Harris

   

During a Thomas event, with it's partner 51339, 6/5/07. Daniel Adkins

   

51382 on the Barry Island Railway, 15/10/05. David McGuire

   

51382, now in service on the Barry Island Railway, 12/6/04. Simon Edwards

   

51382 undergoing restoration work at Butterley, 26/10/03. David Beardmore

   

51382 outside the carriage shed at Midland Railway Butterley, after arrival from Shroeburyness. The vehicle was restored by LS Restorations before it moved to it's new home with the Barry Railcar Project, 2003. Ian Francis

 

Interior

 

W51382's cab, driver's side, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51382's cab, secondman's side, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51382's front saloon, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51382's middle saloon, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

W51382's rear saloon, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon