59664 Class 115 Trailer Second Lavatory

Home Railway

Midsomer Norton

Location History

Mid Norfolk Railway (County School) Mar 93-97

Current Location

Midsomer Norton

 

Colne Valley Railway 97-Jan 99

Current Status

Under Restoration

 

Mangapps Railway MuseumJan 99-Oct 03

Current Livery

BR Green

 

Barry Island RailwayOct 03-11

TRA Designation

4

 

Midsomer Norton Nov 12-Present

Owner

Private

   

Website

None

Visited Railways

Private Site: Kingsbury (Storage) 11-Nov 12

Record Last Updated

29 March 2013

   

Preservation Modifications
Conversion work to the interior to create a buffet is taking place.

Preservation Information
59664 was withdrawn in August 1992 and was preserved the following year with powercars 51669 & 51849 at the Mid Norfolk Railway’s northern outpost at County School station.

Restoration work on the vehicle was immediately undertaken, and by 1994 the vehicle was operating trains on the short running line.

Purchased by Suburban Preservation, the set was moved to the Colne Valley Railway where it joined a large fleet of suburban vehicles from several classes.

The set was later split up with the two original powercars being moved elsewhere. 59664 was relocated to the Mangapps Railway Museum, presumably in 1999 when the powercars were sold.

In 2003 the vehicle changed hands again, purchased by Carl Hookings who wished to restore and operate the vehicle at the Barry Island Railway. The vehicle was moved there in October of that year and was quickly repainted into BR Green.

In May 2004 the vehicle made its passenger debut at Barry, as a 3-car set with new partners 51655 & 51677.

2004-2008 saw the set operating services on the Barry Island Railway.

In 2008, the lease on the Barry Island Railway was terminated, and the DMU fleet of three sets was disbanded. The whole 3-car set was put up for sale in May 2009.

By February 2011, with no forthcoming sale, 59664 was sold to scrap merchants EMR. However, the company decided not to immediately cut up the vehicles as they were far from scrap condition.

By September 2011, 59664 had been sold, but it was over a year before the vehicle moved to its new home at Midsomer Norton, where conversion work to a static buffet is taking place.

Future Plans
Once the buffet has been fitted and the vehicle made fit for use, it will move into static use in the cattle dock at Midsomer Norton and become the station buffet.

 

59664, in store and for sale at Barry Island, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts

   

59664, in store and for sale at Barry Island, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts

   

59664, in store at Plymouth Road (Barry) and for sale, 6/6/10. David Beardmore

   

59664, stabled at Barry, 15/10/05. David McGuire

   

59664, part way through a repaint at Barry shed, 23/11/03. Stuart Mackay

   

59664 stabled at County School, still in Network SouthEast livery, 3/5/93. Chris Boon

 

Interior

 

59664's main second class saloon, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts

   

59664's first class saloon, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts

   

59664's first class saloon, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts

   

59664's first class saloon, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts

   

59664's main second class saloon, 17/3/11. Alfred Roberts