79612 Derby Lightweight Driving Trailer Composite Lavatory

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Location History

Midland Railway ButterleyMar 97-Nov 14

Current Location

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Nov 14-Present

Current Status



Current Livery

BR Green (Plain End)

Visited Railways

Severn Valley RailwayOct 04

TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Derby Lightweight Preservation Group






Record Last Updated

9 December 2015


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
After withdrawal from passenger use in West Cumberland (before DMU preservation had started) the vehicle became part of an Ultrasonic Test Train as 975007 with partner 79018. This ensured their survival for an extra 30 years into the 1990’s, long enough for their historical importance to be recognised. The vehicle was very heavily modified for this role with few original fittings surviving. Additionally when disposed of the vehicle was heavily contaminated with asbestos.

As the only surviving Derby Lightweight 2-car set, 79612 & 79018 were purchased by the Derby Lightweight Preservation Group (DLPG) which had been formed in 1990. Following a huge public fundraising campaign, 79612 was asbestos stripped at Doncaster works and moved to the Midland Railway Butterleyin 1997 for restoration. The asbestos stripping had left the vehicle as an empty shell.

With a huge task ahead and limited resources, powercar 79018 was selected to be restored first, consequently 79612 was put into storage to await 79018's completion.

In October 2004, 79612 was transported to the Severn Valley Railway to show the public an "unrestored wreck" whic would serve as a direct "before and after" display with 79018, which had been completed fo the event and was resplendant as an example of a fully restored vehicle.

On its return to the Midland Railway Butterley the group set about fundraising to tackle the restoration of 79612.

In 2008 the restoration started after 11 years in storage. The vehicle was stripped down and primed, the aluminium body (which don’t rot) coming into its own. External departmental mofifications such as relocated doors/windows were returned to original configuration and the vehicle received a protective coat of BR Blue.

In 2009 the exterior bodywork was completed and a start made on the interior.

In 2010 the vehicle was moved back outside, with the exterior completed. Overhauled bogies were fitted to the vehicle.

2011 saw further work on the interior, although progress was understandably slower than 79018 due to the lottery grant that was available to fundcontract work on the powercar.

By 2013 the restoration had slowed to a crawl following the departure of some key active members, and options to resolve these issues were being investigated.

In 2014, with the DLPG's restoration efforts having stalled, the 2-car set was relocated to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for the DMU group there to complete the work required.

79612 was put on public display during the annual Railcar Convention Weekend in September 2015, in the station at Wirksworth.

Future Plans
Restoration is unlikely to start in earnest straight away, with other vehicles that are already on the go taking the priority. However the intention is to complete the restoration of 79612 to original condition. The vehicle will then join partner 79018, which was completed in 2004, to form the the only surviving Derby Lightweight 2-car set.


79612/79018 were put on public display during the annual Railcar Convention Weekend in September 2015, in the station at Wirksworth, 26/9/15. Chris Moxon


79612 stored at Wirksworth, 6/6/15. Chris Moxon


79612 alongside fellow Lightweight M79900 shortly after arrival at Wirksworth, 12/14. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DMU Group


79612 under sedate restoration at Butterley, 2/3/14. Zoe Hunter


79612, now getting quite faded, at Butterley, 22/9/13. Nigel Gould


79612 at Butterley, 14/7/12. Chris Moxon


79612 at Butterley, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon


79612 at Butterley, 11/9/11. Chris Moxon


79612 at Butterley, 27/10/10. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


79612's cab end after removal from the shed, 21/5/10. Andy Neil


Chris Lings has been busy fitting droplights and locks to the bodyside doors, 18/4/10. Eddie Knorn


The "new" cab end bogie part way through cleaning up, with the No 1 wheelset removed to allow painting there is easier access to paint the frame, 18/4/10. Eddie Knorn


Work concentrated on the DMBS for many years, it was 2008 before work began in earnest on the trailer car. Seen inside the carriage shed at Butterley, 2009. Eddie Knorn


79612 under restoration in the shed at Butterley. Note the missing section of headstock, now returned, January 2009. Eddie Knorn


79612 on display at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway during Railcar50, 16/10/04. David Beardmore


79612 on display at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway during Railcar50. In it's unrestored state, it demonstrated the problems facing preservationists, and alongside it's newly completed partner 79018 it showed (as a before and after) that restoration is possible! 15/10/04. Ian Francis


Taken outside Butterley on the 2nd National DMU Day, and also the first AGM of the vehicles owners, the Derby Lightweight Preservation Group. The two vehicles had newly arrived by this date and little progress had been made so far, 31/8/97. Stuart Mackay


79612 after unloading, 17/3/97. Chris Lings




The toilet partition frames now in-situ, 18/4/10. Eddie Knorn


View of 79612's middle slaoon, March 2010. Eddie Knorn


View of 79612's rear slaoon, March 2010. Eddie Knorn


En-route from Kidderminster to Bewdley for display at Railcar50. It can clearly be seen how the asbestos stripping had left 79612's interior, 13/10/04. Stuart Mackay