51498 Class 101 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory (Scrapped)

Last Location

Swanage Railway

Location History

Private Site: MOD Shoeburyness ?-Jul 12

Current Status

Scrapped Eldon's Siding by February 2015 (exact date unknown)


Swanage Railway Jul 12-Feb 15

Last Livery

Regional Railways



Partner Vehicle(s)




Record Last Updated

22 February 2015


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51498 was latterly part of set L835 and saw its last use in the Manchester area during the early 2000's. Moved to Shoeburyness along with many other Class 101 vehicles withdrawn at the time, one-by-one sets were sold and moved either for scrap or for further use on heritage railways. Eventually, 51498 (and partner 51432) became the last DMU left in the yard, and remain stored there. The vehicle was purchased by Richard Thornton for restortion and eventual use in Wales.

In March 2009, 51498 was offered on loan for no charge provided a home was offered. The unit was offered to several heritage railways in an attempt to find it a new home, however there were no takers.

By 2012 an ownership dispute had flared up after the vehicle was moved by the MoD to the Swanage Railwayto act as a source of spares. The case subsequently went to court with 51498 in limbo.

It was June 2013 before a resolution was made. Both parties accepted that due to the vehicle having been partially stripped and the components sold (which in turn led to the offers of accommodation on several heritage railways being withdrawn) there was no realistic chance of 51498 being restored. The MoD accepted it did not own the vehicle.

51498 was therefore declared as fit for continued component recovery, which restarted in spring 2014 and was complete within 12 months.

In early 2015 the remains of the vehicle were scrapped on site.


51498 partially stripped for spares at Harman's Cross, 19/4/14. Keith Mitchell


51498 partially stripped for spares at Harman's Cross, 19/4/14. Keith Mitchell


51498 in storage at Harmans Cross, 10/5/13. Stuart


51498 & 51432 in store at Harmans Cross, 10/11/12. Matthew Baxer


51498 & 51432 at Norden just after delivery to the Swanage Railway for spare parts recovery, 6/7/12. Keith Mitchell


51498 on a low loader making the move out of Shoeburyness, 2/7/12. Bradley Tarlton




51498's middle saloon, 6/7/12. Keith Mitchell