51919 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Garw Valley Railway

Location History

Swanage Railway 93-Nov 03

Current Location

Garw Valley Railway

 

Barry Island RailwayNov 03-Jun 09

Current Status

Operational

 

Garw Valley Railway Jun 09-Present

Current Livery

BR Blue (Half Yellow Panel)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

52048

 

 

Owner

 

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

27 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
51919 was preserved with its partner 52048 in 1993 by the Purbeck Diesel Support Group who wished to operate the set on the expanding Swanage Railway in Dorset.

After arrival, the vehicle was made operational and painted into non standard Southern Green livery.

51919 was launched into traffic in 1995, following which it worked many of the Swanage Railway’s diesel diagrams.

Some time later, with its duties largely taken over by Class 108 set 51933/56504 (also resident on the line on a long term loan), the set was removed from traffic and put into storage.

In 2003, 51919 had been sold to the Barry Island Railway where it was returned to traffic sporting a new colour scheme of BR Blue.

In 2008, the lease on the Barry Island Railway was terminated, and the DMU fleet of three sets was disbanded. 51919 was put up for sale, and was purchased the following year along with partner 52048 by the embryonic Garw Valley Railway.

Since arrival at the Garw Valley Railway some interior work was completed on the vehicle, involving refurbishment of the seating, seat frames, flooring, walls, roof and window surrounds. The vehicle was also periodically started up to keep the mechanics servicable.

In 2015, 51919 & 52048 were put up for sale, but strangely were withdrawn shortly afterwards after the sale of other stock.

Future Plans
The interior refurbishment process is ongoing until the railway open for passenger operations, when it is hoped that the vehicle will be used both in its own right and as hauled stock.

 

51919 stabled inside the shed, 2015. Stephen Pearce

   

51919 outside being shunted, 2015. Stephen Pearce

   

51919 & 52048 at the Garw Valley Railway, 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 & 52048 at the Garw Valley Railway, 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 during the move from barry to the Garw Valley Railway, June 2009. Nick Weedon

   

51919 in the yard of Barry Depot, 6/5/07. Daniel Adkins

   

51919 in the yard of Barry Depot, 6/5/07. Daniel Adkins

   

51919 & 52048, 27/8/06. Simon Edwards

   

With partner 52048, seen entering Barry Island station on the Vale of Glamorgan Railway during the Barry Festival of Transport, 12/6/05. Tom Clift

   

51919 & 52048, 11/6/05. Simon Edwards

   

51919 & 52048, 12/6/04. Simon Edwards

   

51919 in Barry shed soon after arrival from the Swanage Railway, 23/11/03. Stuart Mackay