51616 Class 127 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Great Central Railway 84-Present

Current Location

Great Central Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51622

 

 

Owner

Red Triangle Society

 

 

Website

www.facebook.com/pages/GCR-127-DMU/207867915925626

   

Record Last Updated

18 September 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
Gangways were fitted to the vehicle to enable through access to the bar in 59276.

Preservation Information
51616 was purchased by a group of ex-railwaymen formed of drivers from Cricklewood depot. Together they formed the Red Triangle Society and saved 51616 and partner 51622, locating them on the growing Great Central Railway in 1984.

The vehicles were restored and returned to traffic in BR Green livery. They were joined by a centre car, unique Class 120 buffet 59276, and operated as a set for many years on the GCR.

However deteriorating bodywork resulted in 51616 being taken out of traffic in the year 2000. After a period in store, a start was made on the bodywork repairs. However the increasing age of the ownership group meant progress during this 10 year period was slow.

In 2011 however, a new consortium of volunteers was formed to return the vehicle to passenger service. During the year work mechanical work was undertaken with both engines being resurrected as alongside many other miscellaneous jobs. Work on tidying up the interior and exterior was also completed.

During the year, the restoration programme of mechanical improvements continued to increase the mechanical condition of the vehicle, with particular attention paid to recertifying the air systems and brake gear. The external appearance was also improved with some patch repairs & painting and a roof dome repaint. In September, the seating was reupholstered in (donated) South West Trains red moquette.

In 2013, 51616 re-entered service with 51622and now sees occational use at special events.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

51616/51622 in service at Swithland, 26/8/13. Joseph Connnell

   

51616 under restoration at Loughborough, 5/1/13. Harry Rawding

   

A repainted 51616 at Loughborough during TRA Convention, 7/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

51616 under restoration at Loughborough, 9/1/12. Liam Tinsley

   

51616 under restoration at Loughborough, 25/7/11. Liam Tinsley

   

51616 under restoration at Loughborough, 25/7/11. Liam Tinsley

   

One of 51616's engines, 25/7/11. Liam Tinsley

   

51616 under restoration at Loughborough, 15/5/11. David Beardmore

   

51616 during its period of slow restoration (2000-2011) at Loughborough, 11/10/09. Simon Edwards

   

A neglected looking M51616 at Loughborough, 17/5/08. Brian Battersby

   

51616, 59276 & 51622, freshly repainted in green with speed whiskers, depart Loughborough, 26/3/94. Andy ?

   

51616, 59276 & 51622 at Loughborough. Ian Frances

   

51616, 59276 & 51622 at Loughborough, 22/5/88. Robert Frise

   

51616, 59276 & 51622 stabled at Loughborough, July 1986. John Evans

   

Possibly 51616 (or 51622) waiting movement onto the Great Central after being preserved, 1984. Liam Tinsley

 

Interior

 

Reupholstered seating in donated South West Trains red moquette, 11/9/12.Liam Tinsley

   

51616's front saloon looking towards the cab, 12/8/11. Liam Tinsley

   

51616's front saloon looking towards the guards van, 12/8/11. Liam Tinsley

   

51616's rear saloon looking towards the cab, 12/8/11. Liam Tinsley

   

One of 51616's seats, 12/8/11. Liam Tinsley

   

One of 51616's seating bays, 12/8/11. Liam Tinsley

   

51616's cab, 25/7/11. Liam Tinsley

   

One of 51616's seats, 25/7/11. Liam Tinsley