59404 Class 126 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Location History

Caledonian Railway May 83-Aug 93

Current Location

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway


Bo'ness & Kinneil RailwayAug 93-Present

Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

51017 & 51043




Scottish Railway Preservation Society






Record Last Updated

1 July 2014


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
59404 was preserved as a historically authentic 3-car Class 126 set with powercars 51017 & 51043by the Swindon Diesel Preservation Society in 1983 who based the set at the Caledonian Railway.

The set, by now unique, was contaminated with blue asbestos and in poor condition, however the SDPS returned the vehicles to service and repainted 59404 into BR Green during the late 1980's.

All three vehicles including 59404 were sold to the Scottish Railway Preservation Society in 1993 and moved to their base at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.

The vehicle was repainted into BR Blue in 1998.

In 1999 fortunes improved with a sucessful £180,000 lottery fund grant for the full restoration of 59404. This was completed at Bo'ness by volunteers between 1999 and 2008.

In 2008 the 3-car set was launched into passenger service concluding a sporadic 20 year restoration. Due to the funding grant, this time the overhaul was very thorough with 59404 becoming one of the finest restored DMU vehicles in the UK.

During 2010, the brakegear under 59404 was fully overhauled.

In July 2011, the SRPS completed a rolling stock shed designed to house, amongst others, the diesel and electric multiple units in their collection, giving 59404 a future undercover.

In October 2011 the vehicle was out of service as partner51017 required engine repairs. The vehicles all returned to traffi in May 2013.

59404 remains in good condition and operates occationally at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. The vehicle is not in very regular use, in order to preserve its condition.

Future Plans
To maintain in service


Sc59404 in the formation at Bo'ness, 18/5/13. Chris Moxon


Sc59404 stabled at Bo'ness, 16/8/10.David Beardmore


On display at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway during Railcar50, 15/10/04. Ian Francis


In the newly opened museum workshop at Bo'ness, 1/7/02. Stuart Mackay


In the bay platform of Bo'ness station, 25/4/99. Stuart Mackay


In the headshunt at Bridge of Dun on the Caledonian Railway. Andy McConnell


Undergoing some repairs to the end in Brechin station. Andy McConnell




A First Class compartment inside Sc59404, 18/5/13. Chris Moxon


A Second Class compartment inside Sc59404, 18/5/13. Chris Moxon


The corridor inside Sc59404, 18/5/13. Chris Moxon


A "Monster Turnout" in one of 59404's almost finished compartments, August 2005. Andy McConnell