59486 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Private Site: Winfrith 04-Mar 07

Current Location

Eastleigh Works

 

Swanage Railway10-Sep 14

Current Status

Under Overhaul

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green

Visited Railways

Midland Railway Butterley(Contract Overhaul) Mar 07-10

TRA Designation

4

 

Eastleigh Works (Contract Overhaul) Sep 14-Present

Partner Vehicle(s)

51356 & 51388

 

 

Owner

Dorset County Council

 

 

Website

swanagerailway.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

18 September 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly seeing service in Scotland as 3-car set 117310, 59486 was stored for several years before preservation in 2004.

59486 was purchased by Dorset County Council who wished to obtain three 3-car Class 117 sets for a proposed community rail link between Swanage and Wareham. 59486 was joined by two other vehicles from different sets, DMBS 51341 from 117704 and DMS 51398 from L702.

In 2004 the 3-car unit was moved to a private site in Dorset where all nine of the Class 117 vehicles were being stored in readiness for the Swanage Railway's Wareham extension to bear fruit.

However in 2007 the site had to be cleared with 51341, 59486 & 51398 moving to the Midland Railway Butterley for storage. 59486 only remained in store for 12 months however before being extracted for a contract restoration. The two powercars were later being sold for scrap.

During 2008 59486 received external repairs and a full repaint into BR Green. Following completion the vehicle was borrowed and ran briefly with the railway's Class 127 set, giving a taster of what an authentic Class 127 4-car set would look like. The vehicle was then returned to store awaiting collection.

In summer 2010 59486 was dispatched to the Swanage Railway, intended to join resident set 51346 & 51388. However the two powercars had recently been withdrawn from service requiring overhaul, so 59486 was also stored despite being in good condition. A four year period of inactivity then followed.

In September 2014, 59486 was removed from store and sent to Eastleigh Works for a further overhaul and mainline registration.

Future Plans
59486 is to be fully overhauled to mainline standards at Eastleigh Works, after which it will be returned to the Swanage Railway to operate as a 3-car set running link services to the mainline at Wareham.

 

59486 on static display at Swanwick Junction during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala. The vehicle was awaiting dispatch to the Swanage Railway following the conclusion of a contract overhaul, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon

   

59486 at Swanwick Junction awaiting moving to Swanage, 11/10/08. Daniel Adkins

   

59486 at Swanwick Junction awaiting moving to Swanage, 27/9/08. Daniel Adkins

   

59486 is seen undergoing contact external restoration in the restoration shed at Butterley during the railway's DMU Gala, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon