59517 Class 117 Trailer Second Lavatory (Ex Composite)

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Paignton & Dartmouth Railway

Location History

Paignton & Dartmouth RailwayFeb 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, 59507 & 59513

 

 

Owner

Dart Valley Railway plc

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
Several preservation modifications have been made to 59517, 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 and non authentic upholstery. The vehicle carries the name "Emily".

Preservation Information
59517 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, 59517 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.

59517 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 January 2010 59517 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 vehicles continued operation in preservation for several decades now. So it is thought that the future is secure for the vehicle.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

59517 stabled at Kingswear, 20/4/08. Peter Jeffree

   

59517 on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway, 26/8/07. David Beardmore

   

59517 (59494 is behind) on the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway where it's used as hauled stock, seen here at Kingswear, 26/5/01. Roger Marks