59276 Class 120 Trailer Second Buffet Lavatory

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Location History

Great Central Railway 84-Present

Current Location

Great Central Railway

 

 

Current Status

Stored

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Red Triangle Society

 

 

Website

None

Record Last Updated

12 September 2012

Preservation Modifications
The seating has had full size tables added and the armrests removed. A set of seats next to the buffet has been removed and a bar fitted. The seats opposite the counter have also been removed. Otherwise the vehicle is in it's original unrefurbished condition.

Preservation Information
51616 was purchased by a group of ex-railwaymen formed of drivers from Cricklewood depot. Together they formed the Red Triangle Society and saved 59276, the only surviving Class 120 vehicle. The group set out to preserve a Class 127 set, but at the time of purchase the Class 127 trailer cars were being kept for re-use elsewhere, so the Class 120 trailer was purchased, being located on the growing Great Central Railway in 1984.

The vehicle was restored and returned to traffic in BR Green livery, joining Class 127 powercars 51616 & 51622, which operated as a set for many years on the GCR.

However deteriorating bodywork resulted in 59276 being taken out of traffic.

In 2011 restoration on the Class 127 restarted in earnest, however asbestos contamination and poor bodywork have resulted in 59276 not being included in the plans, consequently the vehicle was stored at Swithland sidings, where it remains pending a decision on its future.

Future Plans
It is not known what the future holds for this most significant of vehicles. It is hoped that the asbestos content of the vehicle can be overcome by the owning group and the vehicle one day run again.

 

59276 in store at Swithland Sidings, opened specially for a TRA members' tour of the vehicle, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

Underframe detail on 59276 in store at Swithland Sidings, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

59276 in store at Swithland Sidings, seen from passing train, 17/4/10. Chris Moxon

   

59276 in store at Swithland Sidings, seen from passing train, 13/9/09. David Beardmore

   

59276 in store at Loughborough. Ian Francis

   

59276 on the Great Central Railway. The sole surviving Class 120 vehicle, it runs between two Class 127 power cars, 1/12/00. Stuart Mackay

   

59276 being loaded for a short move from the mainline at Loughborough to the preserved GCR, 1984. Liam Tinsley

 

Interior

 

The buffet saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The buffet saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The buffet counter, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The buffet saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The buffet counter, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The additional bar fitted to the buffet saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The middle saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

Operational lighting in the middle saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The rear saloon, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

The toilets at the end of the vehicle, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

After 12 years storage the batteries still charge and operate the lighting! 8/9/12. Chris Moxon