The coach in early 1997, before its roof was stripped off as the first stage of its restoration.
The carriage on the day of its first run after restoration, May 2002
This coach was converted for electric operation in 1906 and reconverted for steam haulage on the Metropolitan's Chesham Branch in 1940 as LT No.515.
Purchased by the Bluebell in 1961, it was used during the early sixties, since when it has been out of use.
It has been restored as part of the BASH (Bluebell Ashbury Supporters and Helpers) project to return the set of four "Chesham" vehicles to working order. It was the one out of the four in the worst condition, but there was no work required on it that we could not undertake. Indeed, a start was made quite early, in that all the first-class seating for this vehicle has been rebuilt, replacing the arm-rests which were removed in 1940, and re-trimmed in a deep-blue moquette with white and gold piping.
Details of its restoration are on a separate page.
Go to a Picture of this coach inside the shed.
A web page is dedicated to details of the history and current restoration of the four Metropolitan coaches.