51604 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, MHR 2012


Mid Hants Railway Feb 12-Dec 12

Last Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)



Partner Vehicle(s)

59719 & 51592



Record Last Updated

16 April 2013


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51604 was withdrawn in August 1983 and preserved with 51592the following year.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 51604's last day of passenger service was in April 2008 for a diesel gala.

In 2011, a change in the owner’s priorities meant 51604 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 51604 started immediately, as it was the railway's wish to have the vehicle in traffic as soon as possible. The 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.

51604 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.


51604 at Ropley shed being rapidly stripped of useful parts before final scrapping, 12/12. John Joyce


51604 still well equipped, but time's up and the scrapman won't wait any longer, 12/12. John Joyce


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


51604 & 51592 stored at Alresford, 7/6/12. Richard Moxon


M51604 hauling a tail load on what is believed to have been its last day in passenger service, 27/4/08. Dave Moor


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


51604 on the South Devon Railway, 7/4/06. David Beardmore




Probably the last image taken of 51604's interior! Seen stripped at Ropley just before scrapping, 12/12. John Joyce