59521 Class 117 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Location History

Private Site: Winfrith Jul 04-Mar 07

Current Location

Helston Railway

 

Midland Railway Butterley Mar 07-Mar 12

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Helston Railway Mar 12-Present

Current Livery

Scotrail

 

 

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

Private

 

 

Website

None

Record Last Updated

19 September 2012

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Latterly seeing service in Scotland as 3-car set 117306, 59521 was stored for several years before preservation in 2004.

The vehicle was purchased by Dorset County Council who wished to obtain three 3-car Class 117 sets for a proposed community rail link between Swanage and Wareham. 59486 joined 2-car set51353 & 51395and in 2004 the 3-car unit was moved to a private site in Dorset where all nine of the Class 117 vehicles were being stored in readiness for the Swanage Railway's Wareham extension to bear fruit.

However in 2007 the site had to be cleared with one set relocating to the Weardale Railway and the other two to the Midland Railway Butterley, all for storage. 51353, 59521 & 51395were one of the sets moved to the latter location in March 2007.

59521 remained in store, with no work being undertaken on the vehicle. After many years out of use, the vehicle had deteriorated in condition. During this time, some seating was removed from the vehicle.

By 2011 it was understood that Dorset County Council would no longer be proceeding with the plan to operate the nine Class 117 vehicles, and 59521 was sold to two private individuals who in turn advertised the vehicle for sale publically.

Although earmarked for providing spare parts and later scrap, the vehicle was purchased by another two individuals. They moved the vehicle to their base at the Helston Railwayin March 2012, where restoration started immediately.

Interior work during the summer of 2012 included a ceiling repaint and a deep clean of the seating, panels and lino which improved its appearance considerably.

Future Plans
To be returned to service as a loco hauled coach in choclate & cream livery.

 

A hint of things to come: the first panels receive Chocolate & Cream, 1/9/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

Bodywork preparationsbeing undertaken on 59521 prior to its repaint into Chocolate & Cream, 8/7/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

Bodywork preparationsbeing undertaken on 59521 prior to its repaint into Chocolate & Cream, 1/7/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

59521 at Trevarno requiring a clean, 4/4/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

59521 at Trevarno viewed from the bridge after a clean, 4/4/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

59521 shortly after arrival at the Helston Railway, 30/3/12. Perry McDonagh

   

59521 being delivered, 29/3/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction just before departure to the Helston Railway, 12/3/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction after purchase by individuals from the Helston Railway, 19/2/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction, 27/9/08. Daniel Adkins

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Butterley's DMU Gala, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon

   

59521 stored at Swanwick Junction on display during the Midland Railway Buttley's DMU Gala. The vehicle has recently been moved from private storage, 1/4/07. Chris Moxon

 

Interior

 

The completed First Class saloon, 17/6/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

Repainting the ceiling in the First Class saloon, 6/6/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

Restoration work on window surrounds in the First Class saloon, 8/4/12. Helston Railway Diesel Group

   

The first class saloon, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

The second class saloon located nearest the end of the vehicle, seen here with most of the seating removed, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

The second class saloon located nearest the centre of the vehicle, seen here with most of the seating removed, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon