51859 Class 115 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

West Somerset Railway95-Present

Current Location

West Somerset Railway



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow End)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

59678 & 51880




West Somerset Railway






Record Last Updated

3 April 2018


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51859 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.

51859 soon became part of a core 3-car set along with 59678 & 51880. It is thought that 51887 was also used when maintenance of 51859 or 51880 was required.

In Spring 1996 51859 was repainted into a non authentic carmine & cream colour scheme, and performed for many years operating WSR services.

In 2007, with the exterior of the 3-car set having become worn in appearance, 51859 was repainted into the more appropriate BR Green.

2008-2013 saw 51859 operate all DMU services in 3-car formation with 59678 & 51880, and could on occation be strengthened to 4-cars with the addition of 59493.

During Winter 2013/2014, 51859 received some remidial work, with the cab interior restored and bodywork completed. In March 2014 the vehicle was out-shopped and re-entered service.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


W51859 calls at Crowcombe, 27/3/18. Dave Henwood


W51859 waits to depart Bishops Lydeard with the 12:20 Bishops Lydeard-Norton Fitzwarren, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


51859 in service on the WSR, 1/6/12. Sicco Dierdrop


51859/59678/59493/51880 make an impressive 4-car formation, 16/5/12. Bill Pugsley


51859, 59678 & 51880 depart Watchet bound for Bishops Lydeard, 9/6/11. Darren Harris


51859 on the front of a 9 coach mixed DMU/Mk1 formation at Minehead. The DMU was booked to operate Bishops Lydeard-Norton Fitzwarren shuttles during the railway's Late Summer Weekend gala, but mechanical problems prevented the runs from happening on the Saturday. However, these had been resolved by late afternoon, so in order to position the DMU at the other end of the line for Sunday's turns, the 3-car set was attached to one of the service trains! 4/9/10. Chris Moxon


51859, 59678 & 51880 arrive into Bishops Lydeard, 13/6/10. David Beardmore


51859 in service on the WSR, 18/6/09. Rabbi WP Thinrod


51859, 59678 & 51880 approach Blue Anchor with a Minehead-Bishops Lydeard service, 24/8/08. Alan Padley


51859 stabled at Minehead, 6/10/07. Rob Phillips


51859 stabled at Minehead, 6/8/04. Simon Jones


51859 stabled at Minehead, 4/10/03. David Beardmore


51859 at Minehead, 15/8/03. David McGuire


51859 in operation at Bishops Lydeard, 2002. Simon Jones


51859 in operation on the WSR, 1/10/99. Stuart Mackay


51859 in 1997. Ian Hooper


51859, 59678 & 51880, freshly repainted, stabled at Minehead, 25/8/96. Michael Wadman


51859, 59678 & two unidentified vehiclesarrive into minehead in a 4-car formation during a Thomas event, 7/7/96.Peter Thompson




A cab view of 51859 at Bishops Lydeard, 27/3/18. Dave Henwood


51859's front passenger saloon, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


51859's middle passenger saloon, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


51859's guards van, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon