59506 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

West Somerset RailwayAug 95-?

Current Location

Private Site: Wishaw


East Lancashire Railway 13-Jul 14

Current Status



Private Site: MOD Long Marston Jul 14-Apr 17

Current Livery

Non Standard Yellow


Peak Rail Apr 17-Jan 18

TRA Designation



Private Site: Wishaw Jan 18-Present

Partner Vehicle(s)




Mike Thompson

Visited Railways

Tyseley Locomotive Works (Contract Overhaul) ?-13




Record Last Updated

3 April 2018


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
59506 was preserved by the West Somerset Railway in 1995 for use on off peak services. The railway had previously run an interesting variety of different DMU sets but wished to standardise on maintenance, so aquired five Class 115 powercars along with six Class 115/117 trailer cars as a direct replacement for the earlier sets.

By March 1996, 59506 (along with 59493, 59510 and 59515) had been painted into a non authentic carmine & cream livery and formed a vacuum braked 4-car hauled coaching stock rake. Like many suburban centre cars at this time, the vehicle was not preserved as a DMU vehicle, being used as hauled coaching stock because they looked similar externally to some designs of GWR coaching stock.

This dedicated 4 coach set was later disbanded when one of the vehicles was sold on to another railway. 59506 remained on the WSR and continued to be used as hauled coaching stock.

By 2005 vehicle had been repainted green and was operating as a DMU again in a Class 117 3-car set between 51352 & 51376, two vehicles which were on loan to the raiwlay from the Army. However it is thought the vehicle rater reverted to a hauled coach after the loan of the Class 117 set ended and the powercars moved away in 2007.

59506 remained on the WSR and continued to be used as hauled coaching stock to boost the length of Mk1 coaching rakes during busier galas when as many coaches were required in service as possible, but was spending increasing amounts of time out of use in the headshunt at Minehead.

In the early 2010's, 59506 was declared surplus to requirements and sold to a private owner who transferred it to Tyseley Locomotive Works for contract refurbishment to the structure at the ends. The vehicle was fully refurbished and emerged in 2013 with a fresh coat of BR Green and moved to the East Lancashire Railway where it was to be inserted into Class 117 set 51339 & 51382.

However for various reasons this was not actually undertaken and during 2014 the vehicle was sent for testing work at the MOD site at Long Marston, where it was repainted yellow and remained for three years.

In 2017, 59506 was moved to Peak Rail (where its owner's contract restoration business is based) but was on the move again the following year, into temporary storage in a haulage yard at Wishaw.

Future Plans
Not known.


A rare view of 59506, in funky yellow livery, being transported away from Park Rail, 26/1/18. Malcolm Adlington


59506 stabled at Minehead, now repainted into BR lined green. It is now thought that the coach sees limited use as a hauled coach now that the Class 117 powercars it operated with have left the line, 4/9/10. Chris Moxon


59506 stabled at Minehead, 13/6/10. David Beardmore


59506 stabled at Minehead, 7/10/07. Bill Pugsley


59506 stabled at Minehead, in Carmine & Cream livery during the days when it operated in a 4-car hauled coaching stock set, 3/10/99. Stuart Mackay




View of the first class saloon, 8/4/03. Roger Marks


View of the second class saloon, 8/4/03. Roger Marks