59404 Class 126 Trailer Composite Lavatory

Home Railway

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

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

TRA Designation

1

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51017 & 51043

 

 

Owner

Scottish Railway Preservation Society

 

 

Website

www.srps.org.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

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

 

Interior

 

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