59508 Class 117 Trailer Compoite Lavatory

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Location History

Battlefield Line Apr 94-Aug 99

Current Location

Gwili Railway

 

Nene Valley Railway Aug 99-Mar 09

Current Status

Operational

 

Gwili Railway Mar 09-Present

Current Livery

BR Green

   

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51347& 51401

 

 

Owner

Llanelli & District Railway Society

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
59508 was initially preserved on the Battlefield Line where it was used as loco hauled coaching stock.

In 1999, the vehicle was sold and moved to the Nene Valley Railway where it joined powercars by51347& 51401 returning the set to a historically accurate 3-car formation.

During the 2000’s, the set was the primary operating DMU on the Nene Valley, operating many low season services.

In 2009, the Nene Valley decided to replace the set with a Class 107 instead, and 59508 was sold to the Llanelli & District Railway Society, whose own Class 116/117 fleet had been lost to arsonists. The vehicle moved to the society’s new base at the Gwili Railway.

Since arriving at the Gwili Railway, the railway's drivers were trained on its operation within a month and the vehicle entered service quickly.

The vehicle operates regularly as part of the railway’s main 3-car operating set, and sees use during the summer as well as during a range of special events. The vehicle operates both under its own power and as hauled stock (the number of doors being particularly welcome for quick loading/unloading at Thomas events).

In 2013 the vehicle was repainted into BR Green livery to better reflect the era which the railway sought to portray.

59508 operates regularly as part of the railway’s main 3-car operating set, and sees use during the summer as well as during a range of special events. The vehicle operates both under its own power and as hauled stock (the number of doors being particularly welcome for quick loading/unloading at Thomas events).

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

59508 on the Battlefield Line, 2/2/99. Stuart Mackay

 

Interior

 

A view of W59508's first class saloon shortly after relocating to the Gwili Railway, 9/3/09. Rob Phillips