51941 Class 108 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Severn Valley Railway

Location History

Severn Valley Railway Mar 91-Present

Current Location

Severn Valley Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59250 & 52064 or 56208

 

 

Owner

DMU Group West Midlands

 

 

Website

www.svr-dmu.org.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 January 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None, however a generator was fitted in the guard's van during the vehicle's early years in preservation. The area was re-converted back into a guard's van in 2011.

Preservation Information
51941 was withdrawn from BR service in November 1990 and was saved by the embryonic DMU Group West Midlands, the vehicle moving to their base at the Severn Valley Railway the following year with partner 52064. The two car set was moved from Doncaster to Kidderminster (SVR) by rail via Tyseley. 51941 & 52064 were almost immediately fit for traffic and entered service in October 1991 having been re-liveried into original Green livery.

In 1992 the set was increased to 3 cars with the entry to traffic of 59250.

In 2004, 51941 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.

In 2006, 51941 went into Kidderminster carriage works for lifting to enable replacement of a vacuum brake cylinder.

In May 2011, 51941 was withdrawn from traffic for a contracted overhaul. The work was awarded to Bewdley Carriage & Wagon, who had previously outshopped DMBS 50933 to a high standard. Mechanical work included major maintenance to engines, brakes and associated systems. Internally, the rear of the vehicle was re-converted back into a guard’s area. Externally the vehicle received bodywork repairs to the cab end, corridor end and guards doors. This work included a full repaint into green. The roof was also reriveted and repainted, and the corridr connection rebuilt. The vehicle was outshopped in mid October and soon returned to service.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

51941 in an unusual corner at Bridgnorth, 1/11/15. Richard Hargreaves

   

A rare image of 51941 separated from other vehicles at Bewdley, 2/4/15. Kevin Gale

   

M51941/NE59250/M52064 near Bewdley, 10/3/14. DMU Group (West Midlands)

   

51941 leads a full 5 car set between Bewdley & Kidderminster, 3/4/13. Ben Darby

   

M51941/NE59250/M52064 stand at Kidderminster with the 11:44 Kidderminster-Bewdley during the diesel gala, 6/10/12. Chris Moxon

   

M51941 split from the set at Bewdley, 17/4/11. Stuart Axe

   

51941 at Bridgnorth during the 2010 Railcar Convention Fish & Chip special, 9/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

51941 passing 55020 at Bewdley during the 2010 Railcar Convention, 8/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

51941 in multiple with 55006 at Kidderminster during the 2010 Railcar Convention, 8/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

51941 passing 55006 at Highley during the 2010 Railcar Convention, 7/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

51941 at Highley during the 2010 Railcar Convention, 7/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

51941 at Highley during the 2010 Railcar Convention, 7/10/10. Chris Moxon

   

51941 leads a 4-car formation at Bewdley, 13/2/10. Rob Phillips

   

51941 arriving into Arley, 13/2/10. Rob Phillips

   

51941 stabled at Bewdley, 10/10/09. David Beardmore

   

51941 stabled in the rock siding at Bewdley, 26/4/08. Brian Battersby

   

Seen at Arley, 16/10/04. Gazza Prescott

   

51941, 59250 & 52064 at Bewdley, 2/10/04. Simon Edwards

   

In the Rock Sidings at Bewdley, 14/4/01. Stuart Mackay

   

51941, 59250 & 52064 at Bewdley, 18/6/94. David McGuire

   

51941 & 52064 seen very soon after entering traffic, 19/10/91. Tony Willmore

   

51941 & 52064 soon after arrival into preservation, 14/7/91. Tony Willmore

 

Interior

 

View of the front saloon, taken during the Railcar50 event, October 04. Mathew Hawley

   

View of the middle saloon, taken during the Railcar50 event, October 04. Mathew Hawley