59678 Class 115 Trailer Composite Lavatory

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West Somerset Railway95-Present

Current Location

West Somerset Railway



Current Status




Current Livery

BR Green



TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)

51859 & 51880




West Somerset Railway






Record Last Updated

3 April 2018


Preservation Modifications
A buffet has been fitted.

Preservation Information
59678 was withdrawn in August 1992 and was preserved by the West Somerset Railway in 1995 for use on off peak services. The railway had previously run an interesting variety of different DMU sets but wished to standardise on maintenance, so aquired five Class 115 powercars along with several trailer cars as a direct replacement for the earlier sets.

59678 soon became part of a core 3-car set which was repainted into a non authentic carmine & cream colour scheme, and performed for many years operating WSR services.

In 2007, when the exterior became worn in appearance, the 3-car set was repainted into the more appropriate BR Green.

Winter 2013/2014 saw the interior window surrounds restored, a new toilet floor fitted and exterior rust patched.

59678 continues to operate all DMU services in a 3-car set with 51859 & 51880. Being a trailer car, the vehicle has not required major overhaul during its preservation life so far.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.


W59678 at Bishops Lydeard having worked the 19:45 Minehead-Bishops Lydeard, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


W59678 is shunted by one of the railway's industrial shunters, 27/10/12. Stuart Axe


W59678 split from the set at Minehead, 29/1/11. John Oram


W59678 forms the second vehicle of a 9 coach mixed DMU/Mk1 formation at Minehead. The DMU was booked to operate Bishops Lydeard-Norton Fitzwarren shuttles during the railway's Late Summer Weekend gala, but mechanical problems prevented the runs from happening on the Saturday. However, these had been resolved by late afternoon, so in order to position the DMU at the other end of the line for Sunday's turns, the 3-car set was attached to one of the service trains! 4/9/10. Chris Moxon


A freshly repainted W59678, 7/10/07. Bill Pugsley


59678 stabled at Minehead, 13/4/04. David Beardmore


59678 in operation on the WSR, 3/10/99. Stuart Mackay




The smaller of the two First Class saloons within W59678, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


The larger of the two First Class saloons within W59678, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


A view of the buffet area within W59678, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon


The second class saloon within W59678, 3/9/16. Chris Moxon