51849 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

Green (Full Yellow End)

 

 

TRA Designation

5

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Private

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

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

Limited 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.

Purchased by Suburban Preservation, the set was moved to the Colne Valley Railway where it joined a large fleet of suburban vehicles from several classes. This was to be the last time 51849 operated under its own power.

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

On arrival at the Spa Valley 51669 was selected from the two vehicles to be tacked first, so 51849 was put into store awaiting restoration. Other commitments with 51669 and the line's Class 207 unit resulted in 51849's condition deteriorating considerably in the bodywork department.

In 2008, 51849 made limited test runs with 51669 operating effectively as a trailer car, proving that some of the mechanical and electrical systems were still alive, however the bodywork by this stage was in a very poor state.

In 2012, the difficult decision was made to consider 51849 as a restoration too far, and any plans for future restoration were abandoned.

Future Plans
It is planned to strip 51849 for spares to secure the long term mechanical future of operational partner 51669 and other DMU's.

 

51849 stored at Groombridge, 3/8/13. Nigel Gould

   

51849 in storage at Groombridge. The vehicle had seen further bodywork deterioration and a grafitti attack, 15/11/12. Mark Jenkins

   

M51849 on a test run with M51669, 2009. Mark Jenkins

   

During the summer of 2008 the Spa Valley had the opportunity to couple up both their 115 power cars and do a couple of runs up and down the line. It's believed to be the first time 51849 had been used on the line, working 115 51669 has been in use with a Class 101 DTC. They didn't manage to fire up 51849, but all the electrical systems worked in multiple with the operational half, and they were very surprised when they jumpered up and the handbrake buzzers started going off and the air and axle lights illuminated, 2008. Stuart Pay

   

During the summer of 2008 the Spa Valley had the opportunity to couple up both their 115 power cars and do a couple of runs up and down the line. It's believed to be the first time 51849 had been used on the line, working 115 51669 has been in use with a Class 101 DTC. They didn't manage to fire up 51849, but all the electrical systems worked in multiple with the operational half, and they were very surprised when they jumpered up and the handbrake buzzers started going off and the air and axle lights illuminated, 2008. Stuart Pay

   

51849, 59664 & 51663 with the engines running at County School station, the set still in Network SouthEast livery, 3/5/93. Chris Boon

 

Interior

 

51849's unrestored passenger saloon, 12/12/12. Mark Jenkins

   

51849's unrestored guards van, 12/12/12. Mark Jenkins