9th April 2018
Instead of the 504 trailer car going into the engine shed at Castlecroft from 23rd April to 7th May as previously reported, the unit is now going into loco works shed at Baron Street on 23rd April for 16 weeks.
This will allow us to carry out essential welding and painting, and treat the roof with oxide paint. Because of this great opportunity to move forward with the restoration we require as many people as possible to help with the work.
If you can help, please contact the Project Manager Paul Lambert email@example.com or via Facebook
Please donate and support the restoration work on the last remaining class 504
No experience is necessary as there will be both skilled and unskilled jobs to do, all we ask for is that you are a member of the East Lancs Railway and have carried out their basic safety course (if you haven't then this can be arranged), and that you have lots of enthusiasm and don't mind working outside in the wonderful unpredictable Northern weather. If you are interested in getting involved then please contact Paul Lambert (Project Manager) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook.
The next working dates for 2018 are:
Saturday 21st April
Wednesday 25th April
Sunday 29th April
Sunday 6th May
Saturday 12th May
Wednesday 23rd May
Sunday 27th May
Saturday 9th June
Wednesday 20th June
Saturday 23rd June
Sunday 1st July
Wednesday 18th July
Saturday 28th July
Sunday 29th July
Saturday 4th August
Sunday 12th August
Saturday 8th September
Wednesday 12th September
Wednesday 10th October
Sunday 14th October
Sunday 21st October
Wednesday 7th November
Sunday 18th November
Saturday 24th November
Sunday 2nd December
Wednesday 5th December
Sunday 16th December
All dates are subject to change and we will give as much notice as we can of any changes
Meet at the 504 unit on Baron Street at 10.00am.
Please note: Anyone who wants
to work on the unit MUST be a member of the East Lancs Railway. No exceptions.
Please visit our 2018 sales stand at Bury Bolton Street on the following dates:
6th / 7th / 8th July Summer Diesel Gala
22nd / 23rd September Autumn Diesel Gala
3rd / 4th November DMU Gala
The Class 504 Preservation Society
The committee of the 504 Preservation Society was formed on the 8th November 2015 with the intention of restoring and preserving the last remaining Class 504 Electric Multiple Unit.
The first task of the Society was to be to get the units covered and protected from the elements over the coming winter months.
Internally, restoration of the Driving Trailer (M77172) is almost complete and only needs a minimum amount of work to bring it to a presentable condition. A large number of window glass and rubber window seals were recently refitted and the unit is now water tight.
The Driving motor (M65451) is a different case. Internally the saloon and cab lighting has been rewired as well as the driver’s control desk. The roof insulation has been replaced but the roof panels still need to be purchased and fitted, a number of seat frames require restoring. Externally the bodywork on this car is in a poor condition although some repaneling work did take place in the past, however, because it has been left open to the elements for a number of years it now require considerable work to bring it back to a presentable condition.
An asbestos assessment on both cars has been carried out, which was required before any intrusive work could be carried out during restoration. An approved contactor has carried out the assessment and have given the unit a clean bill of health.
On 16th October 2016 the unit was moved to another part of the Baron Street sidings to allow allround access to carry ot the full restoration of both cars. Further work on the trailer car 77172 has been carried out since the move by a regular team of volunteers but there is still much more work needed on both cars.
Please support the restoration by making a donation to the society. The Donate button is at the top left of this page.
Above: Recent photos of restoration work on the 504.
Why not join us on one of our workdays and help the team with the restoration.
No experience required.
Where we started, where we are at and what's
next. A report by your project manager.
After being left out in the open for several years a new group was formed to start saving the sole surviving Bury to Manchester Class 504 EMU. After a successful asbestos survey, work started in November 2015 on the preservation. The priority has been to restore the trailer car 77172, and once that has been completed work can then start on the power car 65451.
Throughout 2016 a small group of volunteers focussed on carrying out the replacement of damaged windows, renovating the interior and removing external graffiti. Over the last few months of 2017 the chassis has been cleaned up and repainted with excellent progress being made by our small but dedicated team.
In November 2017 the power car and trailer car are booked to go on display on platform 4 at Bury Bolton Street for the DMU event. Between now and then we plan the following works:
The above will be done on what will be the platform side only, ready for display.
As always any help will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Paul Lambert if you can help in any way, via social media or on the following email address: email@example.com
Many thanks to all our volunteers and supporters.