51669 Class 115 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Mid Norfolk Railway (County School) 93-97

Current Location

Spa Valley Railway

 

Colne Valley Railway 97-Nov 99

Current Status

Stored

 

Spa Valley RailwayNov 99-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Private

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51669 was preserved in 1993 as a 3-car set with 59664 & 51849 at the Mid Norfolk Railway’s northern outpost at County School station.

Restoration work on the vehicle was immediately undertaken, with the engines running shortly after arrival.

By 1994 the vehicle was operating trains on the short running line.

Between 1994 & 1996 the vehicle was repainted into BR Green with speed whiskers.

Purchased by Suburban Preservation, the set was moved to the Colne Valley Railway in 1997 where it joined a large fleet of suburban vehicles from several classes.

The set was later split up with centre car being moved elsewhere. 51669 & 51849 were sold and moved to the Spa Valley Railwayin November 1999.

Since arrival at the Spa Valley a long term restoration has been undertaken. 51669 was selected from the two vehicles to be tacked first and received a mechanical and body overhaul, completed by 2007.

51669 was now mechanically operational, and undertook test runs with both 115 partner 51849 and Class 101 DTCL 56408. However the vehicle did not make its passenger carrying debut due to interuior work still being required.

During the period 2008-2012, 51669 was stored at Groombridge while the limited resources of the volunteering group focused on the full restoration of the line's Class 207 DEMU. In December 2012, 51669 was moved back to Tonbridge Wells West for the restoration to recommence. The vehicle had suffered a graffiti attack during its time in store. However during 2013 the restoration was once again halted due to other commitments.

Future Plans
To complete the restoration and return to service. The restoration may start in 2015.

 

51669 inside the shed, 3/8/13. Nigel Gould

   

51669 inside the shed, 3/8/13. Nigel Gould

   

Corridor view of 51669 at Tonbridge Wells West, 18/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51669 having had much of the graffiti removed, 16/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51669 having arrived at Tonbridge Wells West for the restoration to recommence, 7/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51669 in the shed at Tonbridge Wells West for the restoration to recommence, 7/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51669 ready to depart Bichden Jct, test running with Class 101 DTC 56408, 2007. Stuart Pay

   

M51669 (and presumbaly M51849) at Castle Headingham, 11/10/99. David McGuire

   

M51669, now fully repainted into BR Green with speed whiskers, 8/4/96. Chris Boon

   

M51669, now fully repainted into BR Green with speed whiskers, 8/4/96. Chris Boon

   

51669, 59664 & 51849 being prepared for a trip down the running line at County School, 30/5/94. Chris Boon

   

51669, 59664 & 51849 being prepared for a trip down the running line at County School, 30/5/94. Chris Boon

   

51669, 59664 & 51849 depart County School, 30/5/94. Chris Boon

   

51669, 59664 & 51849 at the end of the running line at County School, 30/5/94. Chris Boon

 

Interior

 

51669's passenger saloon after some seating was removed for repairs, 16/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51669's interior, 12/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51669's interior, 12/12/12. Mark Jenkins