East Lancs Class 504 future secured

THE sole-surviving Class 504 EMU – No. 504451 – which had languished at Bury until a group was formed to secure its future, has satisfied the railway management as to its competence to carry the project forward.

Class 504 trailer car No. M77172 being drawn away from the carriage and wagon sidings at Bury on October 16 while being repositioned at Buckley Wells, to where it can be worked on by the preservation society. SIMON THOMAS
Class 504 trailer car No. M77172 being drawn away from the carriage and wagon sidings at Bury on October 16 while being repositioned at Buckley Wells, to where it can be worked on by the preservation society. SIMON THOMAS

Two members of the Class 504 Preservation Society met East Lancs Railway (ELR) officers on September 15, who inspected the work carried out since last November. They were satisfied with the condition the unit is now in, and the efforts made by the society.

A formal agreement has been made with the ELR for which the 504 group formulated a restoration plan for power car DMBSO No. M65451 and trailer DTSO No. M77172. The latter will be brought up to a condition within a year so as to be usable at events.

Read more in November’s issue of The RM

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