59609 Class 127 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Midland Railway Butterley

Location History

Midland Railway Butterley Feb 94-Present

Current Location

Midland Railway Butterley



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

51591 & 51625




MRT Railcar Group






Record Last Updated

1 January 2017


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
Preserved in 1994, the vehicle was presumably in good condition, as only limited work was required to bring it back into passenger service. The interior received a deep clean, and the exterior was returned to its original condition by removing the corridor connections (in 1996) and repainting back into BR Green livery.

By the early 2000's a Class 127 3-car set had been formed in which 59609 was the centre car, although not all of the set was in a condition to accommodate passengers. The set's condition was gradually improved with more areas being brought back into passenger use over the years, and by 2011 the full three cars were available for passengers.

59609 spent part of 2016 out of use due to suspected wheelflats on one of the other vehicles within the set.

59609 operates with51591 & 51625in a 3-car set and is currently (2017) the only Class 127 set in traffic.

Future Plans
This vehicle is owned by the MRT Railcar Group who's intention is to recreate a "proper" and complete Class 127 set, as originally built. The original units were 4-car sets and other vehicles have been aquired to recreate this formation as closely as possible. 59609 has a long term place as one of the two centre cars in this eventual set. When complete the set will be formed of: 51591 - 59609 - 59659 - 51625.


M59609 at Butterley in use as hauled stock, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon


M59609 at Butterley operating with the two Class 127 powercars, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon


Operating as a 3-car set at Swanwick Junction, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon


Operating as a 3-car set at Swanwick Junction, 29/3/08. Chris Moxon


Seen at Swanwick during the MRC's DMU gala, 59609 has recently been repainted, 9/10/05. Paul Moxon


At the Midland Railway Centre, 1/10/00. Stuart Mackay




View of the saloon looking towards the centre of the vehicle, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon


View of the saloon looking towards the end of the vehicle, 28/3/09. Chris Moxon