51405 Class 117 Driving Motor Second

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Location History

Mid Hants Railway 02-Oct 11

Current Location

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway


Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Oct 11-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

59510 & 51363




Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd






Record Last Updated

26 January 2018


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51405 & partner 51363 were latterly in use in the London area as Network SouthEast’s L721 set.

Following a period in storage 51405 was moved to the Mid Hants Railway in 2002 where it was refurbished and repainted into BR Green alongside 51363.

The 2-car set was later returned to its original 3-car formation with the addition of TCL 59510 from the West Somerset Railway.

Between 2006 and 2008, 51405 was occationally substituted for 51400, which was on the line at this time as a spare powercar.

Due to a change in employment in 2011, the owner left the MHR to take over the role of looking after steam loco 70000 Britannia, which resulted in the entire MHR DMU fleet being reluctanctly sold. The MHR itself were offered first refusal to buy 51405, but had to turn the offer down as funds had already been allocated for other projects on the railway. The 3-car set was purchased complete by Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd, who relocated the vehicle to the landslip-stricken Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in October 2011.

In 2012, a Kenlowe fan was fitted on the No2 engine, and several stepboards replaced.

51405 saw much use operating the "northern section" of the temporarily divided railway, and was part of the celebrations after the railway of two halves was reconnected in October 2012.

Gradually throughout 2015 the interior passenger saloons inside 51405 received a visual boost when the seating was fully reupholstered into authentic BR blue/green material. This work was completed in November 2015.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


W51405/W51363 stand at Winchcombe, 26/7/15. Kevin Gale


W51405/W59510/W51363 in service at Winchcombe, 5/6/14. Neil Jones


W51405/W51510/W51363 passing Hailes, 26/7/13. Nigel Gibbs


W51405/W59510/W51363 operating services at Toddington, 26/7/13. Nigel Gould


W51405/W59510/W51363 operating services at Toddington, 9/6/13. Nigel Gould


W51405 & W51363 arrive into Ropley whilst operating some of their final trains on the Mid Hants Railway, 22/9/11. Keith Duke


W51405/W51363 stabled in the dock at Alresford, 31/7/05. Simon Edwards


W51405/W51363 & W55003 at Alresford, 29/6/03. Robert Frise


W51405/W51363 at Medstead & Four Marks. Chris Moxon




Freshly reupholstered seating inside 51405, 27/11/15. GWSR Carriage & Wagon Blog