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Moved to Rowden Mill 10/20
Preservation location:
Rowden Mill
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999xxx series


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Rowden Mill station, Herefordshire** *** ****G Goswell
West Somerset Railway - Williton** *** ****Agg Pup
West Somerset Railway** *** ****Andrew Martin
West Somerset Railway2019-06-21Kev Adlam
West Somerset Railway - Williton2017-10-26Ben Williams
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  • 999508

    30 July 2002 - Marcus Dawson

    Am I missing something but isn't the previous photo on the page of 999508 a completly different coach? Me thinks this is not the right number for THIS vehicle.


  • 999508

    2 August 2002 - Ben

    As far as I am aware it is the same coach - converted from an inspection saloon to a test train coach.

  • 999508

    5 August 2002 - POG

    It is the same vehicle, given away by the 2 front windows rather than the usual 3 on the 9995xx vehicles, also don't forget these are asymetrical vehicles, this is the other side to the Serco pic.

  • 999508

    6 August 2002 - Simon Bendall

    DB999508 started life as in the above photo. It was modified by BR in the mid 1980s to a track inspection coach - this is when it got the recessed side windows. Serco further modified it in 2001 when a generator set was installed. The two front windows do not automatically mean this is DB999508 as DB999506 and DB999509 are the same design.

  • 999508

    2 February 2003 - DAVE

    I have a picture of this vehicle taken on 21/3/84 at Exeter St.Davids, it is definitely DB999508. I'll send the picture in to confirm it.

  • 999508 detail

    11 April 2006 - Bry Shaw

    hi does anyone know what livery this coach was released from Cathays carrying?

  • 999508

    25 March 2007 - Mr G A Woodward MIET IENG

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    This looks similar to hermes that I may also have worked on at Swindon, in 1978. Is it possible?

    Thanks RSVP

    Graham Woodward

  • 999508

    14 August 2007 - SD0853

    This coach has now been re-painted into Network Rail Yellow.

  • 999508

    20 December 2007 - John Atkinson

    Hi Steve

    Think your location is wrong, not four tracks at Penshurst.

  • 999508

    20 December 2007 - Ben Williams

    Sorry thats my fault - its actually Maidstone!

  • 999508

    20 December 2007 - ian saunders

    is this coach the same length as a standard mk1 or the same length as a BG

  • 999508

    21 December 2007 - Simon Bendall

    Frames are 57ft, as per a BG

  • 999508

    22 December 2007 - ian saunders

    thanks Simon just wondering as I fancy modelling it

  • 999508

    22 December 2007 - Simon Bendall

    Assuming you want to do it in 4mm/OO, kits are available from Britannia Pacific Models ( for both 999508 in track recording form and 999506/8/9 as inspection saloons.

  • 999508

    28 April 2009 - Harold Nicolson

  • 999508

    7 May 2010 - Mike Cole

    tried to contact Britannia Models throught their website but no go as I wish to make one of these in O Gauge. Does anybody have any drawings by chance.


    mike Cole

  • 999508

    31 May 2010 - Mike Cole

    Hi all,

    does anybody have a drawing/sketch of the internal layout for this vehicle - as built, as I am giving serious thoughtto modelling it in O Gauge.



  • 999508

    9 June 2011 - Dan

    The venerable 999508 is slated for withdrawal from service later this year, to be replaced with a Mark 2 vehicle; all the measurement kit will be transferred across.

  • 14 May 2013 - Mick Bryan

    999508 has been stripped of all useful equipment and now languishes in the shed at the extreme end of the RVEL site at Derby.

  • 22 April 2015 - Ben Williams

    Currently for sale through Network Rail

  • 23 April 2015 - Matt Ryder

    Link incase anybody is interested, would be nice to see it saved.

  • 29 May 2015 - Ben Williams

    This has recently moved to West Somerset Railway. Thanks to DD

  • 8 June 2015 - Vince

    Noted lurking behind the shed at Williton during the recent WSR gala.

  • 7 July 2015 - Jon Tooke

    Moved to another road behind the Swindon shed at WN on the WSR. Believed to be converted back to pax carrying vehicle on WSR.

    Seek permission before attempting to view it in the yard!

  • 26 October 2017 - Ben Williams

    Seen today at Williton repainted into maroon.

  • 8 October 2020 - Ben Williams

    Recently arrived at Rowden Mill.

  • 8 October 2020 - Greg Hartle

    I would say that the December 2019 sighting at the RTC is in error...