51852 Class 115 Driving Motor Brake Second (Scrapped)

Last Location

Dean Forest Railway

Location History

West Somerset Railway95-Jun 11

Current Status

Scrapped at Dean Forest Railway July 2011

 

Dean Forest RailwayJun 11-Jul 11

Last Livery

BR Green (Full Yellow End)

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

   

Record Last Updated

6 March 2013

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51852 was preserved by the West Somerset Railway in 1995 for use on off peak services. The railway had previously run an interesting variety of different DMU sets but wished to standardise on maintenance, so aquired five Class 115 powercars along with several trailer cars as a direct replacement for the earlier sets.

51852 was repainted into green along with partner 51663, and it is thought the set operated as a second Class 115 to support the railway's main 3-car set.

However, 51663 was withdrawn for overhaul and later scrapped (the underframe remains at the WSR), and by 2004 51852 was noted as in storage awaiting overhaul. Whilst in storage the gearboxes were removed to replace examples on other vehicles.

In June 2011, a planned reduction in West Somerset Railway DMU mileage resulted in the railway deciding it only required three Class 115 powercars, two in traffic and a third as a spare. With the new turntable on the railway now operational, the third powercar would have the potential to cover for both north and south facing vehicles. Consequrently 51852, now the poorest of the four powercars remaining on the line, was put up for sale.

Less than 24 hours after being advertised, the vehicle was purchased by a member from the Dean Forest Railway and was quickly relocated to the DFR.

51852 was recognised as being too far gone to economically repair the bodywork, so in just a few weeks the vehicle was dismantled for spares, with DMU groups all over the UK benefiting from the parts provided. The vehicle was not regarded as historically important, as at the time of its demise nine identical vehicles remained in preservation.

 

A final view of 51852, the roof having been cut reducing the vehicle down to an underframe, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

A final view of 51852, the roof having been cut reducing the vehicle down to an underframe, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852, the interior now stripped, is seen with most of its bodypanels and framework gone, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852, the interior now stripped, is seen with most of its bodypanels and framework gone, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852, the interior now stripped, is seen with most of its bodypanels and framework gone, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852 early on in the cuttting process, the interior bering stripped out, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852's front end shortly after arriving at the Dean Forest Railway for stripping, June 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852's numberpanel shortly after arriving at the Dean Forest Railway for stripping, June 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852's data panel on the corridor end shortly after arriving at the Dean Forest Railway for stripping, June 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852's works plate shortly after arriving at the Dean Forest Railway for stripping, June 2011. Chris Bull

   

51852 making its last journey from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard behind Class 33 D6566. The vehicle had been puchased by the Dean Forest Railway just days before and was to be moved by road to Lydney for component recovery and scrapping. This was completed in a very short space of time, 25/6/11. Chris Bull

   

51852 in storage at Minehead, 4/9/10. Chris Moxon

   

Another view of 51852, still stored at Minehead, 30/5/09. Pyewipe Jct

   

51852 in storage at Minehead, 28/1/08. Will Salt

   

51852, now sheeted, in storage at Minehead, 17/3/07.

   

51852 in storage at Minehead, 6/8/04. Simon Jones

 

Interior

 

51852's interior being stripped out during the vehicle's dismantling at the Dean Forest Railway, July 2011. Chris Bull

   

A view of a WSR data panel inside 51852, June 2011. Chris Bull