79443 E&G Trailer Buffet First Lavatory Lavatory

Home Railway

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Location History

North Yorkshire Moors RailwayApr 73-May 94

Current Location

Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway


Bo'ness & Kinneil RailwayMay 94-Present

Current Status

Under Restoration



Current Livery

BR Green


TRA Designation



Partner Vehicle(s)





Scottish Railway Preservation Society






Record Last Updated

18 October 2014


Preservation Modifications

Preservation Information
79443 was withdrawn in October 1972 and preserved the following year on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, not as a DMU vehicle in its own right but to provide volunteer facilities.

79443 was used as a static buffet at Goathland until its blue asbestos contamination resulted in its disposal in 1994.

Luckily the Scottish Railway Preservation Society saved the vehicle (which was now the only surviving Edinburgh & Glasgow vehicle), stripped it of asbestos whilst still at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and moved it to their base at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Understandably, the SRPS had the full scale rebuild of its Class 126 3-car set to undertake, so 79443 was put into long term store to await its turn for restoration once resources were available.

In 2008, with the Class 126 3-car set completed, attention turned to 79443. Bodywork repairs were started, and it was decided to replace both the steel panels and framework as 79443 was in very poor condition.

2009 saw exploratory work done to the exterior of the vehicle, with parts removed for assessment. The restoration started in earnest the following year when the vehicle was moved undercover.

In 2010, the No1 (compartment end) was rebuilt. All fixtures and fittings such as the gangway rubbing plate, springs, timber, pass-comm equipment, water filler pipes, footsteps and so on were removed. The buffer beam was stripped of all but the buckeye coupling: jumpers, sockets, steps, buckeye chain, etc. The bodyside doors, one each side, were taken off and refurbished. Some careful sanding was done on the end to reveal the vehicle's overhaul history and the various lettering applied through the years. The window frames were also removed down one side of the vehicle. New metal was then welded on the inside of the length of the bodyside replaced, along the bottom edge, to form the new box section. New curved L-section pieces for the join between the end and roof were painstakingly made and fitted to No. 1 end. All new metal, plus adjacent panelling and framework, was then primed and covered with bitumen paint. Both gangway doors were fully restored during the summer.

The end of the roof was completed early in 2011. A new door pillar was fabricated and welded in at the corner of No. 1 end and corridor side. Metalwork above that door was repaired and new panels fitted. Rotten panels and framework were cut out from No. 1 end to approximately the centre of the vehicle on the unrestored side. All but the top few inches of the panels were replaced. Most of the new framework has been
welded on. All new body panels were cut to size and primed, then welded onto the bodyside. No. 1 end has been undercoated and black gloss was applied. No. 1 end passenger communication mechanism was assembled from refurbished and repaired parts from the vehicle and Mark 1 stock. The buffer beam was fully repainted with the cleaned-up jumper sockets and other bits painted.

In 2012, the gangway rubbing plate was refitted.Bodywork restoration took another leap forward, with almost all of the framework repaired on the corridor side with two-thirds of the bodyside replaced with new panelling. On the compartment side two-thirds of the framework repairs were compleed and just over half of the bodyside replaced. The underframe was descaled, primed and painted on approximately half the length of the vehicle. The first sections of new flooring were cut to size and welded in place, again starting from No. 1 end.

In 2013, the four windows fitted on the corridor side were completed with sliding lights and alloy trim. The four window openings on the other side were trimmed to exact size. Main and quarter lights were then fitted to the three compartment windows. All sliding lights not on the vehicle were re-painted ready for use. Welding repairs to the corridor side were almost completed, and primer applied to that side. New timber was fitted around one of the door openings on that side so that the first door could be installed. The recently fitted windows on the other side have been painted. Work on the new floor continued, with half the vehicle completed. Work to rebuild the partitions between the toilet, compartments and buffet area and was started. The first three partitions were cut to size and shape and successfully trial-fitted. All components needed to rebuild the compartments were gathered together to assess what was missing. Partitions and panelling were cleaned of many years of dirt, and sanding of interior woodwork for the compartments was underway. Painting of the interior of the roof was also completed.

2014 saw work continue to progress. Another partition was refurbished making four in total, and the welding completed on the corridor side. This side was then repainted inside and out into green undercoat. Coach letter holders were fitted to both sides of the No1 end. Sanding and repairing of corridor doors and interior woodwork continued.

Future Plans
To return the vehicle to operational service. Once completed, the vehicle wil be interchangeable with 59404 between the two Class 126 powercars to represent a 3-car Class 126 containing a buffet car.


The cycle starts again: major welding work on a new section of 79443 progresses, 1/8/14. John Horne


79443 goes green! Showing the fresh metal and excellent bodywork progress, 19/1/14. John Horne


Glass and sliders refitted to one of 79443's windows, 24/6/13. John Horne


Work continues on 79443 inside the shed at Bo'ness, 18/513. Chris Moxon


79443 viewed outside, its bodyside re-skin progressing well, 13/7/12. John Horne


79443 viewed outside, its bodyside re-skin progressing well, 13/7/12. John Horne


A much better corridor end seen on 79443 undergoing framework and steel skin replacement, 25/3/12. John Horne


79443 undergoing framework and steel skin replacement, 11/3/12. John Horne


79443 after the first section of bodywork had been completed. Stuart Mackay


79443 undergoing its first bodywork section repairs at Bo'ness, 22/8/11. Ian McLoughlin


79443 in the shed at Bo'ness under restoration, 16/6/10. David Beardmore


79943 inside the exhibition/restoration shed, 17/8/09. Bill Pugsley


After about a decade in store at Bo'ness restoration work has finally started on 79443, which needs structural repairs to all lower body pillars and completely reskinning. Present funding will only allow some of this work to be carried out, 3/9/07. Stuart Mackay


79443 remained on it's bogies, although when this 'composite' picture was taken the vehicle had not moved in nearly 20 years. The entrance was via the gangway door to the right, 21/5/91. Stuart Mackay


79443 at Goathland. Photography was difficult because of the location of the footbridge, 7/4/85. Malcolm Clements


79443 at Goathland. Photography was difficult because of the location of the footbridge, 7/4/85. Malcolm Clements




New floor secion fitted to one end of 79443, 13/7/12. John Horne