51592 Class 127 Driving Motor Brake Second (Scrapped)

Last Location

Mid Hants Railway

Location History

South Devon Railway 84-Feb 12

Current Status

Scrapped at Ropley, 2012

 

Mid Hants Railway Feb 12-Dec 12

Last Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

59719 & 51604

 

 

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51592 was withdrawn in January 1984 and preserved with 51604 later that year. Bought by the Dart Wyvern Group for use on the South Devon Railway, the set was quickly restored to operational condition and repainted into BR Green with speed whiskers.

During the 1990's the set was strengthened to 3-cars with the addition of Class 115 TCL 59719 and saw use for several years on off-peak services.

However by the mid 2000's the set’s deteriorating condition meant increased periods out of use, only appearing for gala events and often as loco hauled coaching stock.

It is thought that 51592's last day of passenger service was in April 2008 for a diesel gala.

In 2011, a change in the owner’s priorities meant 51592 was offered to the Mid Hants Railway free of charge. Following a sucessful appeal to raise the transport costs, the vehicle made the move in February 2012, as a direct replacement for the railway's Class 117 3-car set which had departed the line in 2011.

Restoration of 51592 started immediately, as it was the railway's wish to have the vehicle in traffic as soon as possible. One of the two engines was made operational during 2012. However under further examination most of the doors and the vehicle's body were found to be badly corroded and would require a full rebuild before passenger service was possible. The MHR lacked the time and finance to undertake the work, so with scrap at a high price the decision was taken to scrap the vehicle instead.

51592 was stripped of some useful reusable parts which were to be reused on 51618 at the Llangollen Railway and 55009 at the Mid Norfolk Railway. The process only took a matter of weeks and the vehicle was cut up on site during December 2012. The vehicle was not of too higher historical value, with six identical vehicles remaining in preservation after it was scrapped.

 

51592 at Ropley shed being rapidly stripped of useful parts before final scrapping, 12/12. John Joyce

   

51592 (right) and 51604 (left), being rapidly stripped of useful parts before final scrapping at Ropley shed, 12/12. John Joyce

   

51592's underframe now pretty well stripped, 12/12. John Joyce

   

No1 engine/trnsmission unit removed from 51592, now a spare unit for 51618, 12/12. John Joyce

   

No1 engine/trnsmission unit being removed from 51592, now a spare unit for 51618, 12/12. John Joyce

   

No1 engine/trnsmission unit ready to be removed from 51592, 12/12. John Joyce

   

51592 is towed off by the Class 50 for glass removal prior to scrapping, 12/12. John Joyce

   

M51592, split from its partners and in store, 25/4/11. rob50037

   

M51592 stored at Totness, 29/5/10. Peter Jeffree

   

Believed to be the last time M51592, M59719 & M51604 carried passengers under their own power, seen at Staverton, 27/4/08. Dave Moor

   

Believed to be the last time M51592, M59719 & M51604 carried passengers under their own power, seen at Staverton, 27/4/08. Dave Moor

   

51592, 59719 & 51604 at Buckfastleigh in use as loco hauled stock, in this case behind 20118, 26/4/08. Simon Edwards

   

A coach party on the 11:30 run to Totnes saw 51592 added to Class 122 bubble 55000, but was left in the platform for the next two trips, 17/2/08. Neil Cannon

   

51592, 26/6/06. David Beardmore

   

51592, 59719 & 51604 stabled at Buckfastleigh, 30/10/05. Alan Padley

   

51592 at Buckfastleigh, 12/8/04. Roger Marks

   

51592 at Buckfastleigh, 1/6/01. Stuart Mackay

   

51592 & 59719 stabled at Buckfastleigh in unlined green, 7/10/98. Andy Cole

   

51592 at Buckfastleigh, 16/8/92. David McGuire

 

Interior

 

A surviving route map, seen just before the vehicle was scrapped, 12/12. John Joyce

   

M51592's interior, on its last day of carrying passengers, 27/4/08. Dave Moor