51566 Class 108 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Peak Rail Apr 93-Jun 08

Current Location

Dean Forest Railway

 

Dean Forest Railway Jun 08-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

   

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59387 & 50619

 

 

Owner

Dean Forest DMU Group

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

9 Jauary 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
In 2008 the toilet fittings were removed and the area converted into a store. In 2012 a buffet counter was installed in the rear saloon with a slight reduction in seating as a result.

Preservation Information
51566 was withdrawn in December 1992 and preserved the following year by Mike Hancocks. The veicle and moved to Peak Rail. The fleet consisted of four sets (three 2-cars and a 3-car) and 51566 was the DMCL in the 3-car set, along with DMBS 50933 and TSL 59387. It is believed that the 3-car set was the only set to run in passenger service at Peak Rail.

In 2008, the Peak Rail fleet was quickly sold and disbanded, the three car set being purchased by the Dean Forest DMU Group. They sold 50933 but retained 51566 and unique 59387, 51566 moving to the Dean Forest Railway shortly after purchase.

During 2008 the exhaust stacks and pipes were chemically cleaned and the roof vents blanked. The door locks were removed and renovated. The multiple unit jumpers were overhauled. Internally, all the internal seats were stripped out and all damaged ceiling and wall panels removed. The roof water tanks and the toilet were also removed as the DFR do not require these in service.

In Autumn 2009 "rain caps" were fitted to the tops of the engine exhaust pipes to prevent water getting into the exhaust system.

By April 2011, 51566 was mechanically refurbished enough for a non passenger test run to Parkend which was succesful. Later in the year the roof was stripped and repainted. During the summer a new cab front fabricated from aluminium (to replace the rotten steel example) was fitted to the vehicle, which reprtesented about half of the external bodywork restoration.

During 2012, work on the interior restoration of 51566 progressed. Damaged lino in the cab and vestibule areas was replaced, and efforts to install a buffet (along with associated main electrical wiring and other facilities) were made. A lot of Formica panel repairs were also made.

Restoration work on 51566 continued in 2013. Both engines were removed, cleaned, inspected, tested, any repairs made and finally refitted to the vehicle. An important repair was also made to the chassis after a crack was noticed, requiring a special strengthening plate to be designed and fitted. Bodywork was completed after steelwork repairs to the corridor end were completed in the spring and the aluminium bodysides cleaned and prepared for repainting.

In 2013 the vehcile was completed and entered traffic, being narrowly beaten by Class 119 51073 as the Railcar of the Year for 2013.

During 2015, 51566 ran with 59387 & 51914. It ran for over 1,300 miles over the year.

During January 2016 the buffet area of 51566's interior was refurbished and repainted.

51566 currently provides services regularly on the Dean Forest Railway as a 3-car set, with partners59387 & 50619, however the latter can be substituted with 51914 if maintenance dictates.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

51566/59387/51914 at Norchard, 7/3/15, Chris Walker

   

51566/59387/51914 depart Parkend, 1/3/15, Chris Walker

   

The full Dean Forest DMU fleet in all its glory: 51566/59387/50619 on the high level line near Norchard pass 56492/51914, 22/3/14. Stan Acaster

   

51566/59387/50619 pass the visiting Class 150 at Parkend, 22/3/14.Chris Walker

   

51566/59387/50619 pass the visiting Class 150 at Parkend, 22/3/14. David Slater

   

A view of the cab end of M51566 with bodywork around the brand new front end progressing, 20/4/13. Chris Lings

   

A view of the corridor end of M51566 after welding repairs had been completed, 20/4/13. Chris Lings

   

One of M51566's engines removed to be cleaned, inspected, tested and any repairs made, 20/4/13. Chris Lings

   

An important repair being made to the chassis after a crack was noticed, requiring a special strengthening plate to be designed and fitted, 15/4/13. Chris Lings

   

An important repair being made to the chassis after a crack was noticed, requiring a special strengthening plate to be designed and fitted, 15/4/13. Chris Lings

   

One of M51566's engines removed to be cleaned, inspected, tested and any repairs made, 15/4/13. Chris Lings

   

M51566's new aluminium cab end now ready for dispatch to the DFR, 6/9/11. Chris Bull

   

M51566's new aluminium cab end being fabricated in Yorkshire, 27/7/11. Chris Bull

   

M51566's new aluminium cab end being fabricated in Yorkshire, 27/7/11. Chris Bull

   

M51566's new aluminium cab end being fabricated in Yorkshire, 27/7/11. Chris Bull

   

M51566 & E50619 make an interesting pair at Parkend, 6/4/11. Alan Pace

   

The vehicle arriving at Lydney. The lorry took away 56495 to the Midland Railway Butterley, 9/6/08. Chris Bull

   

The vehicle being unloaded at Lydney. The lorry took away 56495 to the Midland Railway Butterley, 9/6/08. Chris Bull

   

51566 being unloaded at Lydney, 9/6/08. Dean Forest DMU Group

   

51566 being unloaded at Lydney, 9/6/08. Dean Forest DMU Group

   

51566 being shunted at Lydney, 9/6/08. Dean Forest DMU Group

   

51566 at Rowsley South, 8/4/07. David Beardmore

   

51566 in service at Rowslwy South, 19/9/04. Simon Edwards

   

51566/53933 stabled at Rowsley South, 27/7/03. Nick Wilcock

   

51566 outside the Peak Rail carriage shed, 10/6/02. Stuart Mackay

   

51566 at Peak Rail. Ian Francis