59444 Class 116 Trailer Composite

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Chasewater Railway

Location History

Chasewater Railway Feb 91-Present

Current Location

Chasewater Railway



Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)



Current Livery

Non Standard Maroon



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)











Record Last Updated

15 March 2013


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
59444 was preserved on the Chasewater Railway in 1990, to act as a locomotive hauled vehicle. For this reason, the vehicle has never been “in the limelight” and its history is therefore quite illusive. Being a relatively short line, the ability of 59444’s many doors to load and unload passengers very quickly was much appreciated by the railway.

During the early 1990's the vehicle was painted into a non standard carmine & cream livery to suit its role as a hauled coach. It was paired with Class 117 DMBS 51372, also in use as hauled stock.

The early 2000's saw the vehicle repainted again into maroon, another non standard livery more appropriate to loco hauled coaches.

It is presumed that the vehicle has never spent a great deal of time out of traffic, photographic evidence suggesting that the vehicle has been a stalwart of the railway's operating passenger stock.

Sometime between 2007 & 2010, partner 51372 was sold on. However, 59444 was joined by Class 127 59603 which was restored to run on a similar basis as 59444.

59444 continues in passenger service being hauled by a variety of (normally industrial) vacuum braked steam and diesel locomotives.

Future Plans
To maintain in service


59444 stabled at Brownhills West, 15/6/08. David Beardmore


59444, recently reliveried into maroon, during the TRA annual DMU day at Chasewater, beside 51372 in blue, 12/7/03. Paul Moxon


59444 on the Chasewater Railway during its days in carmine & cream, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay