52012 Class 107 Driving Motor Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Caledonian Railway Dec 97-03

Current Location

Tanat Valley Railway


Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway 03-Feb 10

Current Status

Under Restoration


Tanat Valley Railway Feb 10-Present

Current Livery




Partner Vehicle(s)





Class 107 Ltd





Record Last Updated

9 February 2012

Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
52012 & 51993 were purchased in 1996 by members of the Brechin Railway following the collapse of the National Diesel Railcar Museum who had originally earmarked the set. The pair had been Haymarket's 'Sandite Set No. 3' (S 003 / 960 003) and had been sitting at Millerhill for some time, along with Sandite sets No.1 & 2, which were also bought for preservation. They were delivered to Brechin in 1997, still in dilapidated SPTE orange and black. As usual with Sandite units the seats had been removed.

Whilst at the Caledonian Railway the interior was secured and broken windows replaced. An initial survey indicated that the vehicle was restorable and some bodywork has been completed.

However by the end of 2000 the owners felt they could not spare the time to restore 52012 and offered the vehicle for sale, if there was no takers it would be broken up for spares.

Class 107 Ltd purchased 52012 & 51993 in 2001, and they were expected to remain stored at Bridge of Dun on the Brechin line for a year until they finished restoring the Swindon & Cricklade set, which was due to go on hire to the Brechin Railway, subject to sponsorship from Angus Council.

As part of the centralisation of Class 107 Ltd's vehicle fleet, 52012 & 51993 moved to their new base at Embsay in 2003 where the restoration was slowly continued.

In 2010, following the removal of all DMU vehicles from Embsay, 52012 relocated to the growing Tanat Valley Railway where the restoration will continue.

Future Plans
To complete the restoration. The vehicle was previously a sandite car, consequently internal restoration will be a substantial task.


52012 under restoration at Bolton Abbey, 6/6/09. David Beardmore


52012 stored at Bridge of Dun, Caledonian Railway, 25/5/02 . Stuart Mackay