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

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

50971

 

 

Owner

Railway Equipment & Traction Co

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

30 July 2016

   

Preservation Modifications
None

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

 

Interior

 

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