55024 Class 121 Driving Motor Brake Second

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Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Location History

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Oct 13-Present

Current Location

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway



Current Status

Under Restoration


Current Livery

Non Standard BR Maroon (Half Yellow Panel)



TRA Designation










Record Last Updated

13 May 2018


Preservation Modifications
Some preservation modifications were built into the vehicle during its major restoration period, when many of the BR departmental modifications were in the process of being removed. The main seating area towards the No1 end of the vehicle remains fairly authentic in its layout, however the saloon has no luggage racking or lighting. Some tables have been added and several doors are permenently sealed.

Preservation Information
In common with many of the single units, 55024 was converted to a departmental vehicle, numbered 977858. Latterly used by Network Rail as a Sandite vehicle, it was preserved in 2013 by a group of private individuals based on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.

Several options were discussed as to the vehicle's purpose: including converson to a Pway support vehicle, use as a disabled saloon and preservation as a Sandite vehicle. However after a ballot by members, it was agreed to restore the vehicle to original condition. Initial work was fixing the exterior paint with polymer to protect it over the wnter months.

In April 2014, the restoration work commenced. Four years of work followed, with a look over the mechanical side completed. However the main focus of the restoration would be bodywork, repainting and reversal of the departmental modifications which had been done to the upper half. The passenger saloon was reinstated with reclaimed seating and the interior panels/ceilings etc were all recreated to allow 55024 to be used as a passenger vehicle again.

Future Plans
55024's restoration is well advanced. Final tasks include the completion of the repaint, following which 55024 will be launched into service.


W55024 during repainting inside the shed at Chinnor. It is keeping its maroon colour scheme, 24/4/18. John Flynn


W55024 outside the shed at Chinnor, 12/8/17. Adam Barrell


New arrival 960010 at Chinnor, 29/5/14. David Jessop




The restored and completed interior saloon, 24/4/18.John Flynn


Volunteers progressing the finishing touches to the ceilings, 21/2/17.John Flynn