59511 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Lavender LineJul 94-05

Current Location

Strathspey Railway

 

Mid Hants Railway 05-Mar 07

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Strathspey Railway Mar 07-Present

Current Livery

Primer

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Blue Square Heritage Group

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 October 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Little is currently known about 59511’s early preservation career. Withdrawn from British Rail service in September 1995, it is presumed that the vehicle was saved as part of a 3-car set in 1994 with 51342 & 51384.

However the two powercars were soon moved on, and it is not known if 59511 ever operated in presrvation with them. 59511 was initially used on the Lavender Line as a locomotive hauled carriage. Whilst there, the railway repainted the vehicle into (non authentic for DMU stock) British Railways Southern Region green livery.

Although the exact date is not certain, it is thought that during the early 2000’s the vehicle was transferred to the Mid Hants Railway. Although this railway was operating DMUs at the time, including a Class 117 set, 59511 remained in use as a loco hauled coach.

In 2007, surplus to requirements, 59511 was bought by the Blue Square Heritage Group who had been looking for a Class 117 TCL to insert in between their two powercars. 59511 was soon moved to their base at the Strathspey Railway.

The vehicle was by now however, in need of some restoration work, so rather than enter service immediately; the group have embarked on a restoration.

In early 2011 the vehicle entered the carriage sheds for exterior restoration work, all the welding work in preparation for a repaint was completed before being moved back outside.

This restoration has been progressing well to date, and continues to be one of the group’s main projects.

Future Plans
The future is bright for 59511. It continues to be the main focus of the owning group’s restoration activities, so it is expected to be completed and back in service at some point.

It is planned for the vehicle’s exterior restoration to be finished off with a repaint into BR Green livery scheduled, where upon it will take its place between operating set 51367 & 51402, which will return the set to a historically accurate 3-car formation.

 

Restoration work continues at Boat of Garten, 8/13. Bob Faulkner

   

59511 under restoration at Boat of Garten. All the welding work in preparation for a repaint has now been completed, 6/11/11. Bob Faulkner

   

59511 has been moved into the carriage sheds at the Strahspey Railway for exterior restoration. The vehicle is seen here having now lost much of its British Railways Southern Region green livery in favour of primer! March 2011.Bob Faulkner

   

59511 has been moved into the carriage sheds at the Strahspey Railway for exterior restoration. The vehicle is seen here having now lost its British Railways Southern Region green livery in favour of primer! March 2011.Bob Faulkner

   

S59511 at Boat of Garten, 2010. Bob Faulkner

   

S59511 in the company of Class 107 SC52030 at Boat of Garten, seen shortly after arrival at the Strathspey Railway, May 2007. Bob Faulkner

   

S59511 in the company of Class 107 SC52030 at Boat of Garten, seen shortly after arrival at the Strathspey Railway, May 2007. Bob Faulkner

   

S59511 sandwiched between 59510 and W55003 in the carriage sidings at Alresford, 1/5/06. Carl Watson

   

S59511 sandwiched between 59510 and W55003 in the carriage sidings at Alresford, 1/5/06. Carl Watson

   

S59511 in use at Isfield as loco hauled stock, 12/10/03. David Beardmore

   

S59511 stabled in the bay at Isfield on the Lavender Line. The coach was being used as loco hauled stock but had limited use as there was no run round facility at the end of the line, which meant a suitable vehicle had to be used with S59511 to facilitate the propelling movement. Chris Moxon

 

Interior

 

The stripped out interior saloon of 59511 during restoration work, 8/13. Bob Faulkner