51935 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second (Scrapped)

Last Location

Midland Railway Butterley

Location History

Severn Valley Railway Jun 92-08

Current Status

Scrapped at Midland Railway Butterley 2008


Midland Railway Butterley 08-Oct 08

Last Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)



Partner Vehicle(s)



Record Last Updated

1 October 2014


Preservation Modifications
In 1993 the vehicle was heavily converted to perform a catering role. This was due to the main operating dates of the SVR DMU set being “Saturday Evening Land Cruise” runs. A kitchen area was therefore installed in the vehicle and the seating removed in favour of more dining friendly loose chairs and tables, suitable for holding 18 people.

Preservation Information
51935 was withdrawn from BR service in June 1992 and was saved by the DMU Group West Midlands, the vehicle moving to their base at the Severn Valley Railway immediately after withdrawal along with 59250. The vehicle was repainted into BR green and entered service during the winter of 1996. The reason the vehicle did not enter service soon after arrival was due to more thorough modifications being required before it entered traffic (see modifications section).

51935 became the brake vehicle in the railway's secondry 2-car set withDTCL 56208.

In 2004, 51935 participated in the very successful Railcar50 event, operating as a 5-car Class 108 which included all of the SVR 108 vehicles. The highlight was a 12 car special which was the longest DMU formation ever to operate in preservation.

Unfortunately, in 2008 disaster was to hit the vehicle. On 30th April, 51935 was damaged by fire overnight . The damage, later confirmed as arson, damaged most of the interior beyond repair. The vehicle had been stabled at Kidderminster C&W yard undergoing repairs to the roof sections prior to a contractor commencing work to upgrade the kitchen area. The group soon agreed to loan DMBS 50933 to cover for 51935, and 50933 was later purchased as a permanant replacement.

With economic repair no longer viable, 51935 was relocated to the Midland Railway Butterley where it was stripped of its reusable parts. These parts were both kept to keep the remaining SVR 108's going, and used by other preservation groups to further progress restoration projects. The remains of the vehicle was cut up in October 2008. Many other Class 108 DMBS vehicles remain in preservation.


Stripping in progress, 29/9/08. Chris Bull


Stripping in progress, 29/9/08. Chris Bull


Stripping in progress, 29/9/08. Chris Bull


Stripping in progress, 29/9/08. Chris Bull


Stripping in progress, 29/9/08. Chris Bull


Well stripped at Butterley, 27/9/08. Daniel Adkins


51935 stored at Butterley just beforer stripping for spares, 2008. Darren Ford


51935 & 56208 on Thomas the Tank Engine duty, Bewdley, 5/6/06. Simon Edwards


At Bewdley during Railcar50, 15/10/04. Stuart Mackay


51935 & 56208 at Bewdley, 31/5/04. Simon Edwards


51935/56208 at Bewdley, 18/10/03. David McGuire


51935/56208 stabled in the rock siding at Bewdley, 5/10/02. Brian Battersby


51935 at the Severn Valley Railway. In the brake van is a full kitchen, and the rest of the interior is fitted out for dining, 14/4/01. Stuart Mackay


51935 at Arley, before the high intensity headlight was added. Chris Moxon