56279 Class 108 Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Barry Island Railway 94-May 09

Current Location

Lavender Line


Lavender Line May 09-Present

Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)


Current Livery




TRA Designation



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Record Last Updated

11 March 2013


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
56279 was preserved by South Glamorgan County Council in 1994 for use as a loco hauled coach to carry passengers along their growing line. Indeed, for some time it was the railway's only operational passenger carrying vehicle.

The vehicle performed this role for many years, and was repainted into non standard maroon in 2006 to match loco hauled coaching stock of the same era.

The vehicle was put up for sale/hire in 2008 when the lease on the Barry Island Railway was terminated, and the DMU fleet disbanded.

The following year the Lavendar Line hired the coach as a replacement for a Mk1 which was suffering severely from corrosion. The vehicle was moved to their base at Isfield and entered traffic quickly.

The vehicle was then repainted green with a non standard small yellow panel.

Over winter 2009/2010, the small yellow panel was removed from the cab end of 56279.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


56279 in service at Isfield, 3/6/12. Amy Adams


56279 in service at Isfield, 20/3/11. Worthing Wanderer


56279 stabled at Isfield, 27/4/10. Clive Barker


56279 being hauled by an industrial diesel locomotive at Isfield, Lavender Line, 10/10/09. Andy Veitch


Corridor view of 56279 on the Barry island Railway, 15/10/05. David McGuire


56279 at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway, 22/10/03 Stuart Mackay


56279 early on in preservation, being used as hauled stock on the Vale of Glamorgan Railway. Ben Salter