51396 Class 117 Driving Motor Second

Home Railway

Peak Rail

Location History

Private Site: Cardiff Cathays ?-?

Current Location

Peak Rail

 

Private Site: Llangennech  ?-07

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway 07-Apr 13

Current Livery

BR Green

 

Peak Rail Apr 13-Present

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51354

 

 

Owner

Mike Thompson

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Little is known about the early preservation life of 51396. The vehicle last saw use on the BR network as part of Network SouthEast’s L720 set with partner 51354. It is presumed the pair were preserved in the early 2000’s in common with most of the Class 117 disposals.

51396 was initially stored at Cardiff Cathays depot before relocating to a private site at Llangennech.

By 2007, 51396 had relocated to its main home the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway at Cynheidre.

51396 remained in storage undercover inside the LMMR's sizable shed and received some limited restoration work and the engines were started on several occations.

In February 2013 51396 was put up for sale as the railway wanted to create space on site and to concentrate on the restoration of fellow residents 52029 & 55019. After purchase two months later the vehicle was relocated to Peak Rail.

During 2014 the restoration of 51396 was started on a contract basis by newly formed Grinsty Rail. By summer 2015 the vehicle had been repainted into BR green.

Future Plans
To complete the contract restoration and return to service.

 

51396 under restoration at Peak Rail, 6/4/15. Zoe Elizabeth Hunter

   

51396, little unchanged from 10 years ago, in store at Rowsley South, 21/9/13. Nigel Gould

 

Interior

 

A cab view of 51396 during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

A cab view of 51396 during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51396's front passenger saloon during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51396's middle passenger saloon during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon

   

51396's rear passenger saloon during restoration work, 19/4/15. Chris Moxon