Class 504 restoration project making progress at East Lancs Railway

CLASS 504 Preservation Society members have been progressing the restoration of EMU trailer car No. M77172 at the East Lancashire Railway (ELR).

Work started early in the year outside in the sidings near the carriage and wagon shed at Buckley Wells.

Class 504 DTSO No. M77172, a 1,200V DC side-contact third-rail EMU (Wolverton 1959), is seen outside its former depot of Bury TMD on September 19. This follows extensive exterior attention and a repaint in BR green. SIMON THOMAS

Several jobs had been tackled, including making the unit watertight and generally smartening its appearance. It had been displayed previously in Bolton Street station platform during the November 5 DMU gala for a few hours, and interest levels suddenly increased, and the fortunes of these long-neglected cars began to look a lot better.

Shortly afterwards, the ELR granted the unit a 16-week period of undercover accommodation in Baron Street Loco Works. This was originally Bury TMD and the Class 504 units’ former home when in BR service.

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