59507 Class 117 Trailer Second Lavatory (Ex Composite)

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Paignton & Dartmouth Railway

Location History

Paignton & Dartmouth RailwayApr 94-Present

Current Location

Paignton & Dartmouth Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)

 

 

Current Livery

Non Standard Chocolate & Cream

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

59003, 59004, 59494, 59503, 59513 & 59517

 

 

Owner

Dart Valley Railway plc

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

15 November 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
Several preservation modifications have been made to 59507, including the fitting of public address, additional plates to the corridor ends to allow coupling to Mark 1 coaching stock, the replacement of 1st class seating with second (new capacity: 77 second), replacement of seating in one end with an open buggy/luggage area, non authentic upholstery and the fitting of a red carpet. The vehicle carries the name "Anna".

Preservation Information
59507 was preserved in 1994 for the Dart Valley Railway (later Paignton & Dartmouth Railway), who collected a large number of Class 117 centre cars in a short space of time.

As DMU suburban vehicles are externally similar to older Great Western loco hauled vehicles, but with much lower maintenance, 59507 was soon put into traffic along with many other suburban centre cars forming a GWR style rake of loco hauled coaching stock. The vehicle was painted in a non authentic GWR chocolate & cream livery to further suit this role.

At some point the vehicle was overhauled with the seating being reupholstered, the interior repainted, and a red carpet fitted.

59507 has never operated in preservation as a powered DMU and is part of a fleet of seven Class 116 & 117 vehicles based on the line working all year round carrying passengers on steam services.

In April 2013 59507 was repainted.

Its importance in the line's day to day operations has ensured the vehicle's wellbeing, and investment has been made to enable the vehicle's continued operation in preservation for several decades now. So it is thought that the future is secure.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

59507, stabled at Paignton, 3/5/08. Bill Pugsley

   

59507 on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway where it's used as hauled stock, seen here at Kingswear, 17/8/04. Roger Marks

 

Interior

 

59507's interior on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway where it's used as hauled stock, 17/8/04. Roger Marks