51401 Class 117 Driving Motor Second

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Location History

Nene Valley Railway Apr 97-Mar 09

Current Location

Gwili Railway

 

Gwili Railway Mar 09-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

   

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59508 & 51347

 

 

Owner

Llanelli & District Railway Society

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 August 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Withdrawn from British Rail service in February 1997, 51401 was preserved at the Nene Valley Railway where it joined DMBS 51347 to create a Class 117 2-car set, being put into service in 1997.

In 1999, the vehicle was joined by TCL 59508 returning the set to a historically accurate 3-car formation.

During the 2000’s, the set was the primary operating DMU on the Nene Valley, operating many low season services.

In 2009, the Nene Valley decided to replace the set with a Class 107 instead, and 51401 was sold to the Llanelli & District Railway Society, whose own Class 116/117 fleet had been lost to arsonists. The vehicle moved to the society’s new base at the Gwili Railway.

After arriving at the Gwili Railway, the railway's drivers were trained on its operation within a month and the vehicle entered service quickly.

In 2013 the vehicle was repainted into BR Green livery to better reflect the era which the railway sought to portray.

51401 operates regularly as part of the railway’s main 3-car operating set, and sees use during the summer as well as during a range of special events. The vehicle operates both under its own power and as hauled stock (the number of doors being particularly welcome for quick loading/unloading at Thomas events).

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

W51401/W51347 in service, 10/10/15. Chris Walker

   

A corridor end view of W51401, 25/4/15. Geoff Clark

   

W51401 stabled at the Gwili, 30/10/12. Chris Walker

   

W51401 stabled at the Gwili, 30/10/12. Chris Walker

   

W51401 at Llwyfan Cerrig after relocating to the Gwili Railway, 9/3/09. Rob Phillips

   

W51401 at Llwyfan Cerrig after relocating to the Gwili Railway, 9/3/09. Rob Phillips

   

Cab view of W51401 at Llwyfan Cerrig after relocating to the Gwili Railway, 9/3/09. Rob Phillips

   

W51401 at Llwyfan Cerrig after relocating to the Gwili Railway, 9/3/09. Rob Phillips

   

51401 creates its own cloud as it leaves Peterborough, 6/10/07. John Law

   

51401, 59508 & 51347 in service, 3/3/07. Simon Edwards

   

51401, 59508 & 51347 in service at Orton Mere, 7/10/06. Simon Edwards

   

51401 stabled on the Nene Valley Railway, 1/12/01. Stuart Mackay

 

Interior

 

A view of W51401's front saloon shortly after relocating to the Gwili Railway, 9/3/09. Rob Phillips