79960 Waggon und Maschinenbau Railbus

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Location History

North Norfolk Railway 68-Nov 12

Current Location

Ribble Steam Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

Visited Railways

Llangollen RailwayJun 06

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

Battlefield Line Sep 06

TRA Designation

4

 

Ribble Steam Railway Nov 12-Present

Owner

North Norfolk Railway plc

 

 

Website

www.nnrailway.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

9 December 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
After a rather short and unsuccessful career on British Railways, 79960 was preserved in 1968 on the embryonic North Norfolk Railwayalong with classmate 79963. The two were considered suitable for a growing heritage operation.

79960 was returned to service and painted into a non standard Midland & Great Northern Railway brown livery, the NNR’s house colours at the time.

The vehicle saw some service and was repainted back into BR Green with speed whiskers in due course. Usually, 79960 operated services while 79963 was being overhauled and visa-versa.

However by the 1990’s 79960 was in poor mechanical and body condition and was withdrawn for a more thorough overhaul. The vehicle retains its original Bussing engine which has caused many problems during its preservation life, with parts sometimes having to come from Germany at great time and expense.

In 2002 the vehicle was re-launched into passenger service having been rebuilt inside and out, and worked regularly on its home line the North Norfolk.

During 2006 the vehicle embarked on a mini tour, starring at the Llangollen Railway’s annual gala and at the Railcar Convention at the Battlefield Line.

79960 returned to NNR use between 2007 & 2012, although the line had grown to such an extent that the vehicle often could not cope during times of higher demand such as the holiday season. So the vehicle saw use instead during the mid and low seasons, still covering several thousand miles each year.

In late 2012, 79960 was sent on loan to the Ribble Steam Railway on a five year agreement, its place on the NNR effectivly taken by the National Railway Museum's Class 101 set 51192 & 56352 which was hired by the NNR to provide a back up to its own Class 101 set 51228 & 56062, a role previously covered by 79960. Although the vehicle had seen 10 years of NNR service since its major rebuild, the vehicle was still in excellent condition.

Future Plans
To maintain in service.

 

E79960 in service, 27/8/15. Shaun Whitehead

   

E79960 stabled at the Ribble Steam Railway, 28/6/14. Gary Duckworth

   

E79960 stabled at the Ribble Steam Railway, 10/13. David Rusell

   

E79960 jus after departure from Holt heading towards Weybourne & Sheringham, 30/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 heads towards Weybourne at Windpump Crossing, Kelling, 30/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 passes Dead Man's Bridge, 29/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 approaching Holt, 29/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 approaching Holt, 27/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 arrives into Weybourne, 27/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 heads towards Sheringham early in the morning on an ECS during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

With Weybourne windmill in the background, E79960 heads towards Holt during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 passes Sheringham Golf Course during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 crosses Bridge 303 during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 heads towards Sheringham at Bridge 303 during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 appracohes Kelling Heath Halt during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 descends Kelling Bank during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 climbs Kelling Bank during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 calls at Kelling Heath Halt during the diesel gala, 26/6/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 climbs through Kelling Heath Cutting with the last train of the day to Holt, 9/8/10. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 departs Holt on the last train of the day, 9/8/10. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 passes Dead Man's Bridge returning to Weybourne with an ECS from Sheringham after the days services were finished, 9/8/10. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 in the yard at Weybourne, 11/8/08. Daniel Adkins

   

E79960 stabled inside Weybourne shed, 28/6/08. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 passes Bridge 299 on the approach to Holt, 7/8/07. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 passes Sheringham Golf Couse, 7/8/07. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 calls at Weybourne, 5/8/07. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 at Shackerstone whilst visiting the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 at Shenton whilst visiting the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 during a photo stop at Hedley' Crossing whilst visiting the Battlefield Line for the Railcar Convention, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 on a lorry en-route to the Battlefield Line for a gala visit, Sep 2006. Ritchie Marcus

   

E79960 being shunted by a Class 08 at Sheringham, 9/8/06. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 & Class 104 M50528 at Llangollen whilst visiting the Llangollen Railway for their annual Railcar Gala, 10/6/06. Bill Taylor

   

E79960 at Llangollen whilst visiting the Llangollen Railway for their annual Railcar Gala, 10/6/06. Bill Taylor

   

E79960 at Carrog whilst visiting the Llangollen Railway for their annual Railcar Gala, 10/6/06. Chris Moxon

   

E79960 departs Sheringham, 4/7/04. David Beardmore

   

E79960 & E79663 are seen in the yard at Weybourne, Dec 2002. Peter Wreford

   

E79960 under restoration in Weybourne shed, 17/9/01. Stuart Mackay

   

E79960 at Weybourne working a service to Kelling, before the North Norfolk had extended to Holt, 27/8/86. David McGuire

   

79960 stands at Sheringham with 79963 visible on the left during the 1980's. Brian King

   

E79960 entering Sheringham, 1982. David Dunn

 

Interior

 

E79960's cab (Sheringham end) in the evening sunlight after services have finished, Weybourne Yard, 1/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's Sheringham end saloon in the evening sunlight after services have finished, Weybourne Yard, 1/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's Holt end saloon in the evening sunlight after services have finished, Weybourne Yard, 1/7/11. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's cab (Sheringham end), 26/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's Sheringham end saloon, 26/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's Holt end saloon, 26/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's passenger vestibule (seaward side), 26/7/08. Chris Moxon

   

E79960's cab controls, 9/9/06. Chris Moxon

   

Restored cab view of E79960 at Sheringham, 1982. David Dunn