51571 Class 108 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Kent & East Sussex Railway 93-Present

Current Location

Kent & East Sussex Railway



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Railway Equipment & Traction Co






Record Last Updated

30 July 2016


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51571 & 50971 were acquired for the Kent & East Sussex Railway in 1993 to represent the direct descendant of their GWR Railcar, No 20. They were selected due to their good condition rather than any other reason.

51571 has remained in the same ownership its entire preservation life and has never left the K&ESR. Whilst their much refurbishment work has been undertaken to ensure the longer term future of the vehicle. After initial work and a repaint into green 51571 debuted in March 1996 and has been working regularly ever since.

Since 2001, 51571 & 50971 have been operating the off-peak services on the line, supplementing the normal steam service on quieter days.

In 2009, the seating was reupholstered with a more period green pattern.

Future Plans
To maintain in service


M51571/M50971 in service at Tenterden, 10/4/16. Michael Hughes


51571 & 50971 stabled in the sunshine, 10/10/10. Clive Barker


51571, 5/10/09. Darren Hayman


51571, 11/3/01. Steve Hodgson




The midde saloon of M51571, 10/4/16. Michael Hughes