59514 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

West Somerset RailwayApr 95-05

Current Location

Swindon & Cricklade Railway

 

Swindon & Cricklade Railway 05-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

 

Current Livery

BR Green

 

 

TRA Designation

4

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

51074 & 51104

 

 

Owner

Gloucester Railcar Trust

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
59514 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.

Whilst on the West Somerset Railway, the vehicle was repainted into green with crest, and it is thought it saw use as a locomotive hauled trailer in the late 1990’s.

However 59514 was later reported to have received fire damage to one of the toilets, and the vehicle was removed from traffic with its corridor connections removed. The vehicle was later noted as being without its corridor ends so perhaps was also used as a source of spare parts?

After a period of use as a workshop, the vehicle was sold to the Gloucester Railcar Trust in 2005, who acquired the vehicle as a centre car for their Class 119 set which was under restoration.

In July 2005 the vehicle was operating test runs on the line.

Since arrival at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, 59514 has received some bodywork and a repaint into BR Green.

By 2012, work on the interior was progressing. Seats are stored in there from scrapped 117 TCL 59516 and 'the best of' seats from SR EMU stock at Caerwent. Brake and corridor connections have been acquired and are in store.

Future Plans
Future plans include the completion of the interior restoration to return the vehicle to passenger operating condition.

Because of the fire damage sustained at the WSR, the Gloucester Railcar Trust are intending to create a central buffet/bar, using the remaining toilet.

 

59514 under restoration at Blunsdon. The vehicle is undergoing internal refurbishment, seats are stored in there from the scrapped 117 centre coach at Swanage and 'the best of' seats from SR EMU stock at Caerwent. Brake and corridor connections have been acquired and are in store, November 2011. Jim Poor

   

59514 under restoration, 29/11/09. Bill Pugsley

   

59514 in storage at Minehead. Simon Jones

   

59514 in storage on the WSR, 25/4/03. Roberrt Frise

   

59514 in storage on the WSR, 25/4/03. Roberrt Frise