59520 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

Home Railway

Dartmoor Railway

Location History

Private Site: MOD Long Marston 96-Oct 01

Current Location

Dartmoor Railway


Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Oct 01-Jun 10

Current Status

Operational (Hauled Stock)


Dartmoor RailwayJun 10-Present

Current Livery

BR Green



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Julian Pope






Record Last Updated

1 August 2015


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
After withdrawal from passenger service in December 1995, 59520 was preserved the following year by Alan and Tracey Lear who stored the vehicle at the MOD’s Long Marston site, intended for the future Stratford & Broadway Railway scheme.

In 2001, the vehicle was sold to John Down and moved to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, where it was planned to be restored to operational condition to join powercars 51351 & 51397.

However a change in priorities resulted in the vehicle being sold to a member of the Dartmoor Railwayin 2010.

The vehicle was soon repainted into green and quickly entered service. It was used at the Dartmoor as a vacuum braked loco hauled coach and seen as useful for any trains hauled by visiting steam locomotives.

In February 2013 59520 was moved undercover for the railway's volunteer carriage group to make some bodywork repairs and repaint the vehicle. By the following month the vehicle had reached the undercoat stage. Later in the year, the repaint was completed and the vehicle entered service as hauled stock.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


59520 stabled at Meldon, 25/8/13. Amy Adams


59520 stored at Blaenavon, 2/7/05. Stuart Mackay