59740 Class 115 Trailer Second

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South Devon Railway 93-Present

Current Location

South Devon Railway

 

 

Current Status

Static Display

 

 

Current Livery

Non Standard BR Crimson

 

 

TRA Designation

3

   

Partner Vehicle(s)

None

 

 

Owner

South Devon Railway Trust

 

 

Website

www.southdevonrailway.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
The interior was fully stripped in 2010 to convert the vehicle into Pway store, the vehicle losing interior bulkheads and all seating/luggage racks.

In 2014 the interior was further converted into a bar area. The end "bay" was walled off with a full height bulkhead and used as a store. The next 6 bays became a large seatng area and was fitted with new maroon leatherette wall coverings, a large table running lengthways down the cenre of the vehicle with loose chairs. The walls above waist height were repainted cream whilst the ceiling was repainted white, giving a very fresh and open appearance. The remaining three bays became the kitchen/food preparation area with modern style facilities, counters, oven, microwave etc being accommodated. The windows and doors on this final section were panelled over on the inside but remained in situ beneath.

Preservation Information
59740 was withdrawn in August 1992 and was preserved the following year on the South Devon Railway. Like many suburban centre cars at this time, the vehicle was not preserved as a DMU, being acquired to be used as hauled coaching stock, as they look similar externally to some designs of GWR coaching stock.

In 1995 59740 was repainted into a non standard carmine & cream livery to suit its coaching stock role and did several years service behind steam locomotives. It was also renumbered 9740 to reflect the Great Western Railway’s coaching stock numbering system!

However the railway, as it developed, felt it no longer required its two centre cars, now having enough "proper" coaching stock to cover services. 59740 (and the other vehicle being used for this role, 59659) was therefore surplus to requirements by 2009.

Whilst 59659 was sold on, 59740 was kept on the line to become a Pway stores coach, interior fittings being sold onto other groups in November 2009. The following year saw the vehicle converted and re-liveried into 1950’s BR Engineers Black.

The vehicle was used as a stores vehicle from 2010 to 2013.

In 2014, the vehicle, by now semi-permenantly located in the bay platform at Staverton station, was further converted into a bar coach for the annual Beer Festival held at the station. The end "bay" was walled off with a full height bulkhead and used as a store. The next 6 bays became a large seatng area and was fitted with new maroon leatherette wall coverings, a large table running lengthways down the cenre of the vehicle with loose chairs. The walls above waist height were repainted cream whilst the ceiling was repainted white, giving a very fresh and open appearance. The remaining three bays became the kitchen/food preparation area with modern style facilities, counters, oven, microwave etc being accommodated. The windows and doors on this final section were panelled over on the inside but remained in situ beneath. To complete the work the vehicle was repainted on the platform side in BR Crimson.

Future Plans
To maintain as the Staverton bar coach.

 

59740, in use as a store at Staverton station, 16/9/12. Bill Pugsley

   

59740, now stripped of its interior and in use as the railway's permenent way stores coach, stabled at Staverton, 3/7/10. southwesttrains.proboards.com

   

9740 stabled, 26/6/06. David Beardmore

   

At the South Devon Railway, 24/2/02. Steve Hodgson