51937 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

Home Railway

Poulton & Wyre Railway

Location History

Peak Rail 92-Jun 08

Current Location

Midland Railway Butterley


Midland Railway Butterley Jun 08-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration



Current Livery

BR White Stripe



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Poulton & Wyre Railway Society






Record Last Updated

11 November 2018


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Preserved at Peak Rail in the early 1990s with partner 56484 along with three other Class 108 units. It seems that this unit remained in storage there for nearly 15 years, however in June 2008 the two car unit was moved to the Midland Railway to become part of the DMU Group fleet there, with financial contribution from a private individual.

By August 2008 it had moved to Butterley yard and within a short time the engines were made to run and some test runs were undertaken, up and down the yard. Other work included the cab which was stripped out and the roof dome removed to allow repairs to corrosion. The cab was then mostly put back together. Exhausts were removed from the rear end to permit start of corrosion repairs there. Much exterior paint was removed from the body and one side was painted into grey undercoat. The bogie frames, solebars and front headstock were also repainted. Internally, the front passenger saloon saw partial restoration.

By 2011, the vehicle's restoration had stalled while the owners dealt with other commitments, and the vehicle was stored in the infamous "DMU headshunt" at Butterley. Further subsequent changes in circumstances resulted in the 51937 being sold in 2015 as the resources to complete the vehicle's restoration would not be available.

The new owner was announced in November 2015 as the Poulton & Wyre Railway Society whio had been give a match funded grant of £5,000 from Wyre Borough Council to purchase rolling stock for its new preserved railway between Poulton and Fleetwood in Lancashire.

Restoration work by volunteers resumed in 2016 to ready 51937 for its new home.

Future Plans
Fundraising is currently in progress to raise the estimated £18,000 required to complete the restoration of this vehicle and partner 56484. Once this target is reached, 51937's restoration will be completed by the Midland Railway Butterleyon a contract basis, after which 51937 will move to its new home the Poulton & Wyre Railway.


51937 reformed with 54484 and residing at Swanwick Junction, 21/10/18. Richard Moxon


51937 back outside the sheds at Butterley for restoration work to continue, 10/12/16. Paul Hadfield


Cleaning work progressing on the front end, 23/11/15. Poulton & Wyre Railway


51937 awaiting restoration to restart at Butterley, 2/3/14. Zoe Hunter


51937 during a break in restoration at Butterley, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon


The restoration work on 51937 continues at Butterley (Midland Railway). This view of the rear end shows the completion of corrosion repairs in that area, the bulk of the metalwork being completed in one week. The rest of the paintwork has been taken back to bare metal then primed. At the same time, work has progressed on stripping old paint from the roof which is just about visible on this image taken in the evening sunlight, 16/4/11. Richard Oldfield


51937 under restoration at Butterley, now with a yellow cab front, 23/5/10. David Beardmore


The cab end has received a coat of yellow undercoat and is rubbed down ready for gloss, 19/4/10. Eddie Knorn


Work has started on the rear end with the removal of the exhaust silencers, gangway faceplate and scissors to enable corrosion repairs to start soon, 19/4/10. Eddie Knorn


The dome has been refitted, and welding repairs done to the cab front. Eddie Knorn


The dome in the workshop for repairs. All the layers have been removed leaving the original white glassfibre, and some new gel coats have been added, 17/7/09. Eddie Knorn


The vehicle enters the carriage shed at Butterley. The cab dome had already been removed, and under the tarpaulin it can be seen that some of the rot had been cut out of the lower front, 13/7/09.  Eddie Knorn


Front end repairs progressing with the cab roof dome now removed, 4/5/09. Eddie Knorn


Stabled outside the sheds at Butterley, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon


Front end repairs progressing, 1/09. Eddie Knorn


51937/51567 stored at Matlock, 5/98. Hugh Llewelyn




Cleaning work progressing in the front saloon, 23/11/15. Poulton & Wyre Railway


51937's cab, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon


51937's cab, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon


51937's front saloon, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon


51937's middle saloon, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon