79962 Waggon und Maschinenbau Railbus

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Location History

Keighley & Worth Valley RailwayMar 67-Present

Current Location

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

 

 

Current Status

Under Restoration

Visited Railways

Shipley Triangle (BR) 70

TRA Designation

4

 

Doncaster MPD (BR) Oct 80

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

 

Owner

Vintage Carriages Trust

 

 

Website

vintagecarriagestrust.org

   

Record Last Updated

11 March 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
After a rather short and unsuccessful career on British Railways, 79962 was purchased in November 1966 for £180 and moved to the embryonicKeighley & Worth Valley Railwayalong with classmate 79964the following year. The two were considered suitable for a growing heritage operation.

79962 was returned to service and painted into a non standard green livery.

Although not widely known, in 1970 79962 and 79964 ran under their own power to Shipley to turn on the triangle in order to get the driven axle at the downhill (Keighley) end.

During the 1970's 79962 was returned to its original BR Green livery, and was apparantly the first vehice in railway preservation to do so.

79962 again took to the mainline in 1980 when the vehicle (and 79964) visited Doncaster MPD for tyre turning.  They ran in both directions under their own power with KWVLR drivers driving under BR supervision, and reached their 55 mph maximum speed in both directions.

79962 proved to be a real stalwart of the line, particularly operating morning "shopping" services, duties which it carried out for several decades.

However by the 1990's 79962 was withdrawn from service requiring engine and bodywork repairs. With insufficient volunteer time available, the vehicle was stored awaiting restoration.

At some point during the 2000's the vehicle was sheeted over to offer some protection while it awaited the funds to return to service.

In 2014, the vehicle was sold to the Vintage Carriages Trust who immediately set about returning the vehicle to its former glory in their workshops at Ingrow.

Future Plans
The vehicle is to fully restored by the VCT and returned to service. 79962 is to be available to other railways if required and will operate on the Worth Valley.

 

E79962 outside at Ingrow part way through its restoration, 6/5/15. Ian Dobson

   

E79962 patiently awaiting restoration behind the sheds at Haworth, 6/4/09. Chris Moxon

   

E79962 stabled at Haworth, 15/10/00. Stuart Mackay

   

E79962 calls at Haworth, 1989. John Law

   

E79962 in the shed at Haworth, 7/6/87. David McGuire

   

E79962 & 79964 stabled at Haworth, 16/5/82. Ian Francis

   

E79962 & 79964 (behind in red) stabled at Haworth, 1979. John Law

   

E79962 & 79964 (in the foreground in red) stabled at Haworth, 4/8/79. Robert Frise