59004 Class 116 Trailer Second (Ex Composite)

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Location History

Paignton & Dartmouth Railway 84-Present

Current Location

Paignton & Dartmouth Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)

 

 

Current Livery

Non Standard Chocolate & Cream

 

 

TRA Designation

3

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59003, 59494, 59503, 59507, 59513 & 59517

 

 

Owner

Dart Valley Railway plc

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

15 November 2014

   

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 the vehicles continued operation in preservation for several decades now. So it is thought that the future is secure for the vehicle.

Future Plans
None

 

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

 

Interior

 

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