51887 Class 115 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

West Somerset Railway95-Present

Current Location

West Somerset Railway

 

 

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

 

Current Livery

Non Standard Carmine & Cream

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

West Somerset Railway

 

 

Website

www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51887 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.

51887 was repainted into a non authentic carmine & cream colour and saw use as a third powercar for the railways main operating set (51859/59678/51880). It is thought that 51887 was also used when maintenance of 51880 or 51859 was required. 51887 performed for many years operating WSR services.

51887 later fell out of use (presumably it was the poorest of the 3 powercars operating the service) and spent several years in storage.

In 2009 however the vehicle was selected for the most thorough rebuild ever undertaken on the WSR Class 115 fleet. 51887 has been at Minehead receiving major bodywork repairs. Work to re-skin and replace much of the steel framework is now progressing on the No2 side, with the No1 side to follow.

Future Plans
The overhaul work is expected to include seat reupholstry, an engine fire upgrade system, and and engine/bogie overhaul. Along with the completion of the body rebuild, this will allow 51887 to replace 51859 in the railway's main 3-car set.

 

Serious restoration work: view of the cab (drivers side) which has been stripped revealing corrosion to be repaired, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon

   

Serious restoration work: view of the cab (secondmans side) which has been stripped revealing corrosion to be repaired, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon

   

Serious restoration work: view of the No1 side guards van, which has yet to be tackled, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon

   

View of the No2 side engine in the C&W works at Minehead, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon

   

Serious restoration work: view of the No1 side re-skin which is progressing well, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon

   

Serious restoration work: view of the No1 side re-framing which is progressing well, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon

   

51887 stripped down with bodywork repairs progressing at Minehead, 4/10/09. Bill Pugsley

   

Thought to be 51887, now sheeted, in storage at Minehead, 15/8/06. Carl Watson

   

51887 in storage at Minehead, 24/9/05. Simon Edwards

 

Interior

 

View of the interior which is currently stripped to enable a full body rebuild to take place, 4/9/10. Paul Moxon