51922 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

National Railway Museum (York) 92-Jan 11

Current Location

East Kent Railway

 

East Lancashire Railway Jan 11-Jul 14

Current Status

Operational

 

East Kent Railway Jul 14-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51562

 

 

Owner

National Railway Museum

 

 

Website

www.nrm.org.uk

   

Record Last Updated

5 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
This vehicle gained a place in the National Railway Museum’s collection, for being a good original example of a BR built DMU. Unlike the majority of 108’s that were preserved, 51922 was never refurbished, so the original features such as the green coloured Formica panelling and tungsten lighting remain in situ.

Preserved in 1992 with partner 51562, the set arrived at the NRM under its own power, and was painted into green/blue (51922 being green) to represent the livery variation that DMUs spend much of their working lives in.

51922 made its passenger debut in 1999 at a Thomas event. However, the NRM is primarily a museum, with only a very short demonstration line at its base in York. 51922 was therefore for many years operational but rarely run, settling into long periods of static display.

The vehicle received a new cab front during its time at York.

After a period of 10 years (2001-2011) without any use, 51922 & 51562 was loaned to the East Lancs Railway, where it was recognised that the vehicle could play more useful role.

A rapid mechanical restoration followed and the set operated for the first time in many years at their 2011 DMU Day in March. Immediately after the event, 51922 was withdrawn and entered the shed for a full external refurbishment. The vehicle emerged during July fully repainted in BR Green with Speed Whiskers. After further mechanical work, the vehicle was back in traffic for the Thomas event in August.

Between August 2011 and July 2014, 51922 operated infrequently with 51562, most commonly being seen in use during special events. Minor restoration work and maintenance was undertaken on a rolling basis ensuring the vehicle remained in traffic.

The resident DMU group decided that they were unable to maintain 51922 long term so it was offered to other railways seeking to expand their fleets. The East Kent Railway wanted a second set to supplement their Class 101, and 51562 was moved in July 2014.

51922 & 51562 entered service immediately and conntinue to operate passenger services on the line.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

M51922 being used as loco-hauled stock, 22/6/15. Simon Potter

   

M51922 making one of its first runs along the EKR, 28/7/14. East Kent Railway

   

M51922 paired up with 56343, 24/7/14. East Kent Railway

   

M51922, shortly after arrival at the East Kent Railway, 18/7/14. East Kent Railway

   

M51922/M51562 pass W55001 at Ramsbottom, 16/3/13. Brian Battersby

   

M51922 & M51562 stand at Rawtenstall with the 11:05 Rawtenstall-Heywood during the DMU Day, 16/3/13.Chris Moxon

   

M51922/M51562 stand at Bury Bolton Street (Platform 4) with the 11:30 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

M51922/M51562 stand at Bury Bolton Street (Platform 4) with the 11:30 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

National Railway Museum owned DMUs passing at Bury Bolton Street. M51922/M51562 stand on the right with the 11:30 Heywood-Rawtenstall, and Class 101 set M51192/M56352 stand on the left with the 11:05 Rawtenstall-Heywood service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

M51922/M51562 wait for the Class 122 at Ramsbottom with the 11:30 Heywood-Rawtenstall service during the annual DMU Day, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

51922 stands at Bury Bolton Street on its first public passenger day for 10 years, at the East Lancs Railway's 2011 DMU Theme Day. It has just completed its first round trip on the ELR, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

Rear view at Bury Bolton Street on its first public passenger day for 10 years, at the East Lancs Railway's 2011 DMU Theme Day. It has just completed its first round trip on the ELR, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

Under the canopy at Bury Bolton Street on its first public passenger day for 10 years, at the East Lancs Railway's 2011 DMU Theme Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

Waiting at Heywood on its first public passenger day for 10 years, at the East Lancs Railway's 2011 DMU Theme Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

Departing Irwell Vale on its first public passenger day for 10 years, at the East Lancs Railway's 2011 DMU Theme Day, 19/3/11. Chris Moxon

   

On static display in the National Railway Museum's diesel tent, 30/5/07. Chris Moxon

   

M51922 operating at the National Railway Museum running day, 6/5/00. Paul Ellis

   

M51922 & M51562 stabled at York, 11/10/99. John Carter

   

51922/51562 at the NRM, 1/10/94. David McGuire

 

Interior

 

M51922's cab, drivers side, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

M51922's cab, secondmans side, 16/3/13. Chris Moxon

   

M51922's front saloon during the annual DMU Day. The vehicle was never refurbished so retained the original tungsten lighting, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

M51922's middle saloon during the annual DMU Day. The vehicle was never refurbished so retained the original tungsten lighting, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon

   

M51922's guards van during the annual DMU Day. Note that the original cage remains, 17/3/12. Chris Moxon