51933 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Location History

Peak Rail 93-97

Current Location

Swanage Railway


Swanage Railway 97-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

Visited Railways

Eastleigh Works (Contract Overhaul) Jan 10-Jul 10

TRA Designation



Eastleigh Works (Contract Overhaul) Mar 14-Feb 15

Partner Vehicle(s)





Swanage Railway






Record Last Updated

23 February 2015


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
51933 (and partner 56504) are believed to have been preserved in the early 1990's as part of a bulk buy of nine Class 108 vehicles (four sets). The sets were based at the owning group's headquarters at Peak Rail, however 51933/56504 were placed on long term loan to the Swanage Railway in Dorset in 1997.

After arriving at Swanage 51933 was painted green and entered traffic operating off-peak services at the line. This involved use both in the low season when steam wasn't viable and as a second train during the mid season. During the high summer, 51933 was used on an unusual (for a preserved line) Friday/Saturday night shuttle trains which operated between 6pm and midnight! This ideal regular running all year round enabled the set to operate for many years reliably.

In 2008 the original Peak Rail "empire" was broken up and all original vehicles sold on to new owners. This included 51933/56504 but the change in circumstance affected these vehicles less than the sets at Peak Rail, because as 51933 was already on loan, the vehicle was simply sold to the hirer and the set continued in service at Swanage until poor condition resulted in the vehicle being stored in 2009 awaiting overhaul.

In 2010, with 51933 now owned by the railway, the decision was taken to fully overhaul the vehicle to ensure its operational future on the line. This was done on a contract basis between January and July. Interestingly, 51933 was hauled to Eastleigh Works from Swanage by rail, but due to problems had to return by road. The overhaul consisted of a full external, internal and mechanical refresh which included a bodyside and roof repaint, engine repairs and reupholstered seating amongst other work.

Between 2010 & 2014, 51933/56504 returned to its role as one of the primary operating sets on the Swanage Railway.

In March 2014, as part of a descision by the Swanage Railway to mainline register some of its DMU's to operate a service over Network Rail metals to Wareham, 51933 was moved by rail to Eastleigh Works for a second time for the appropriate equipment to be fitted and for extra work to be completed on a contract basis. The vehicle returned early the following year and re-entered service at Swanage.

Future Plans
To maintain in service


51933 & 56504 in service near Corfe Castle, 11/5/12. Darren Harris


51933 at the end of the stock sidings at Harman's Cross. By this time the vehicle was out of traffic after many years service awaiting dispatch for overhaul at Eastleigh Works, 27/10/09. Chris Moxon


51933 & 56504 stabled at Swanage, 4/5/09. David Beardmore


51933 & 56504 in service at Swanage, 17/7/08. Steve Makin


51933 being cleaned at Swanage, 10/11/02. Chris Walker