59505 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Private Site: MOD Long Marston

Location History

West Somerset Railway ?-Jan 07

Current Location

Private Site: MOD Long Marston

 

Private Site: MOD Long Marston Jan 07-Present

Current Status

Operational

 

 

Current Livery

Non Standard Chocolate & Cream

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

51352 & 51376

 

 

Owner

275 Railway Squadron, Territorial Army

 

 

Website

www.mod.uk

Record Last Updated

1 January 2012

Preservation Modifications
The vehicle is modified as required for a number of MOD exercises.

Preservation Information
59505 was latterly part of Class 117 set 117301, and was withdrawn after final mainline use in Scotland. After a period in storage at Shoeburyness, it was purchased by the Territorial Army where it joined powercars 51352 & 51376from set 117311 and moved to the West Somerset Railway where they were intended to provide overhaul and maintenance experience for the 275 Railway Squadron.

Whilst at the West Somerset Railway 59505 was returned to passenger carrying condition. It was then split from its powercars and repainted into Chocolate & Cream to work in loco hauled services on theWest Somerset Railway.

In 2007 the set was re-formed into 51352,59505 & 51376 and relocated to the MOD’s site at Long Marston.

Whilst at Long Marston 59505 has continued to provide use as a training vehicle for 275 Railway Squadron. It has received some modifications such as what appears to be visual monitoring equipment for such exercises.

59505 has seen public passenger use on a handful of occasions since during Long Marston charity open days.

Future Plans
None

 

59505 stabled at Long Marston, 2009. Richard Moxon

   

59505 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. David Beardmore

   

59505 in operation running passenger rides during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

 

Interior

 

The interior during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

The interior during a Long Marston open day, 7/6/08. Chris Moxon