51485 Class 105 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

West Somerset Railway82-Feb 97

Current Location

East Lancashire Railway

 

East Lancashire Railway Feb 97-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Plain End)

 

 

TRA Designation

1

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

56121

 

 

Owner

Private

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
West Somerset Railway bought 51485 & 56121 from the Eastern Region of British Rail in spring 1982. Due to asbestos content and poor construction, 51485 became one of only three Class 105 vehicles to be preserved, and it is unique in being the only powercar. The unit made its journey to the line via Derby for tyre turning, Bristol and Bridgewater. The set entered service immediately, and was used to support the two Class 103 sets which had been operating services on the WSR since 1976.

Until the end of 1983 the set ran in BR blue, but was then painted a non standard light green with full yellow ends.

In 1990, 51485 was repainted into BR Green sporting a strange (smaller) half yellow panel.

In the early 1990's, all of the first generation DMU’s on the WSR were taken out of service because of asbestos content. 51485 was viewed as one of the vehicles the railway did not wish to retain, and the railway decided to standardise on DMU types; choosing to replace the DMUs with a fleet of 115/117 suburban vehicles.

Whilst on the WSR, 51485 & 56121ran over 200,000 miles in traffic.

Luckily, as 51485 & 56121were the only complete Class 105 set in preservation, they were purchased by the East Lancashire Railway in 1997 and were moved and stripped of asbestos shortly after.

Sadly, asbestos stripping leaves vehicles as empty shells, and 51485 was no exception. A full rebuild to top standards was considered as the only way forward, appropriate given the set's historical significance.

By 2012 the exterior welding work was 90% complete, with only a small area around the guards comparment and the cab front remining to be renewed. The cab front had been delayed slightly while the group made arrangements for the original two character headcode box to be manufactured. On the interior, a major setback had been discovered in the form of the guards van floor, which unexpectedly was found to be completely beyond repair. Its complete removal also revealed accident damage to the dragbox (unusual for a corridor end of a vehicle) which required further work. However progress elswhere had been healthy with Formica being returned to the interior, brand new heater ducting and the cab almost complete.

By 2013 the cab metalwork was complete and all but the brake-van doors had all been removed, fully rebuilt and refitted. The vehicle was nearly watertight as several windows had also been reinstalled. The collision damage to the rear end of the vehicle (which added 12 months to the project) had been completed and a new floor welded into the guards van. Interior restoration had progressed in the guards area with new panels and a ceiling installed.

51485 remains under restoration along with 56121.

Future Plans
51485 is currently being overhauled to a very high standard. When complete, it will depict an original Class 105 2-car set, and will doubtless become the ELR's flagship DMU set.

 

51485 seen at Bury on public display for the first time in over 10 years. The vehicle still requires some door repairs and bodywork to complete the exterior. With the trailer car in an advanced state, the main focus of restoration work is now on 51485 and getting the vehicle watertight is now close, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

Corridor end view of 51485 seen at Bury on public display for the first time in over 10 years. The vehicle still requires some door repairs and bodywork to complete the exterior. With the trailer car in an advanced state, the main focus of restoration work is now on 51485 and getting the vehicle watertight is now close, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

51485 under restoration in Buckley Wells shed. The exterior welding is now 90% complete, with only a small area around the guards comparment and the cab front remining to be renewed. The cab front has been delayed slightly while the group made arrangements for the original two character headcode box to be manufactured. It will be from the same company who have produced the mechanism for Class 100 DTCL 56097 (another rare Ex West Somerset DMU undergoing complete rebuild!), 19/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51485 under restoration in Buckley Wells shed. The exterior welding is now 90% complete, with only a small area around the guards comparment and the cab front remining to be renewed, 19/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab (secondman's side) which is currently stripped for welding repairs, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the cab (driver's side) which is currently stripped for welding repairs, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the rear of the vehicle around the brakevan area, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the rear of the vehicle around the brakevan area, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

View of the rare AEC engine fitted to 51485, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

51485 in store at Castlecroft, 25/5/98. Andy Cole

   

At Minehead with an interesting interpretation of a small yellow panel! 1990. Robert Chilton Collection

   

51485 & 56121 in Minehead station, Jul 90. Ian Francis

   

51485/56182 leads 56097/51118 into Williton, 23/8/87.David McGuire

   

Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway, and 51485 & 56121 await departure, 8/6/86. David Underwood

   

51485 & 56121 in service at Bishop's Lydeard, 2/9/85. Michael Wadman

   

51485 & 56121 in service at Williton, 1984. Michael Wadman

   

51485 & 56121 stand at Bishop's Lydeard during the 1980's. Brian King

   

51485 & 56121 seen stabled at Minehead whilst 56168 & 50414 arrive on a passenger service during the 1980's. Brian King

   

51485, 56121, 56168 & 50414 stand at Bishop's Lydeard during the 1980's. Brian King

   

51485 & 56121 at Bishop's Lydeard. Phil Trotter

   

51485/54121 arrive into Williton bound for Minehead, 4/4/83. Bill Pugsley

   

51485 & 54121, still in patchy BR Blue livery, in service at Bishop's Lydeard, 1983. Michael Wadman

 

 

Interior

 

51485's driving desk, seen at Bury on public display for the first time in over 10 years. The cab is now 90% completed internally with just a few finishing touches such as lino and seat to install, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

51485's secondmans desk, seen at Bury on public display for the first time in over 10 years. The cab is now 90% completed internally with just a few finishing touches such as lino and seat to install, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

51485's front saloon, seen at Bury on public display for the first time in over 10 years. Heater ducting repairs are now complete and the upper panels installed. Only lower panels, lino, seating and finishing touches are now required to complete this area, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

51485's middle saloon, seen at Bury on public display for the first time in over 10 years. Heater ducting repairs are now complete and the upper panels installed. Only lower panels, lino, seating and finishing touches are now required to complete this area, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

51485's cab desk, now virtually completed, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51485's front saloon. The ceilings are completed, and insulation has been fitted. The upper panels of Formica, which required some attention as they were badly warped, have also been refitted, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51485's middle saloon. The ceilings are completed, and insulation has been fitted. New stepboards for the vehicle can be seen on the right, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51485's middle saloon. This is a view of the brand new heater ducting, which is an unusual design running under the floor on a Class 105. The originals had corroded, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51485's guards van, which is currently a sobering sight. 2012 had seen a major setback discovered in the form of the guards van floor, which unexpectedly was found to be completely beyond repair. Its complete removal also revealed accident damage to the dragbox (unusual for a corridor end of a vehicle) which will require further work. However good progress has been made removing the inferior floor, the area now ready for the renewed material and repairs to the dragbox, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51485's drivers cab under restoration, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

51485's front saloon under restoration, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

51485's middle saloon under restoration, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

51485's guards van under restoration, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon

   

Specially made "Cravens Limited" plates, these go in the doorways, 7/2/09. Chris Moxon