59004 Class 116 Trailer Second (Ex Composite)

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Paignton & Dartmouth Railway

Location History

Paignton & Dartmouth Railway 84-May 18

Current Location

South Devon Railway



Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)

Visited Railways

South Devon Railway May 18-Present

Current Livery

Non Standard Chocolate & Cream



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

59003, 59494, 59503, 59507, 59513 & 59517




Dart Valley Railway plc






Record Last Updated

13 May 2018


Preservation Modifications
Several preservation modifications have been made to 59004, including the fitting of public address, removal of interior bulkheads, additional plates to the corridor ends to allow coupling to Mark 1 coaching stock and the replacement of 1st class seating with second (new capacity: 98 second). The vehicle carries the name "Emma".

Preservation Information
59004 was preserved in 1984 for the Dart Valley Railway (later Paignton & Dartmouth Railway).

As DMU suburban vehicles are externally similar to older Great Western loco hauled vehicles, but with much lower maintenance, 59004 was soon put into traffic along with many other suburban centre cars forming a GWR style rake of loco hauled coaching stock. The vehicle was painted in a non authentic GWR chocolate & cream livery to further suit this role.

59004 has never operated in preservation as a powered DMU and is part of a fleet of seven Class 116 & 117 vehicles based on the line working all year round carrying passengers on steam services.

Its importance in the line's day to day operations has ensured the vehicle's wellbeing, and investment has been made to enable 59004's continued operation in preservation for several decades now.

In 2018 the vehicle made its first trip away from the Paignton & Dartmouth in over 30 years when it visited the South Devon Railway on a short hire contract.

Future Plans
59004 is exopected to return to the Paignton & Dartmouth after its hire contract is completed, following which it will continue in service.


59004 on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway where it's used as hauled stock, seen here at Kingswear, 17/8/04. Roger Marks




59004's interior on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway where it's used as hauled stock, 17/8/04. Roger Marks