51886 Class 115 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Location History

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre 93-Present

Current Location

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

59761 & 51899 




Quainton Railway Society






Record Last Updated

1 July 2014


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51886 preserved by the Quainton Railway Society in 1993 as a 3-car set with partners 59761 & 51899. Class 115’s had for many years operated excursions to the heritage centre’s site at Quainton Road (The Quaintonian) and were regular performers in the area so it was felt appropriate for the society to have the set represented in their collection.

The vehicle was restored externally into BR Green livery and made its passenger debut in May 1998.

From then until the mid 2000's, (being vacuum braked) 51886 was used both as a DMU in its own right and has loco hauled coaching stock along the railway centre’s modest running line. However its use was fragmented with reports of both restoration work and storage over the years.

More recently, the vehicle has been removed from service but remains on static display.

Future Plans
To keep on static display.


51886 stored at the Buckingham Railway Centre, 5/7/12. 15038


51886 at Quanton, 29/10/08. Whitacre Junction


51886 at the Buckingham Railway Centre, 21/4/03. Roger Marks


51886 at Buckingham Railway Centre, 5/1/03. Robert Frise


51886 at the Buckingham Railway Centre, 17/10/99. Andy Cole


51886 at the Buckingham Railway Centre, 4/10/98. Steve Makin