79964 Waggon und Maschinenbau Railbus

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Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Location History

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway67-Present

Current Location

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

 

 

Current Status

Operational

Visited Railways

Shipley Triangle (BR) 70

Current Livery

BR Green (Half Yellow Panel)

 

Doncaster MPD (BR) Oct 80

TRA Designation

4

 

National Railway Museum (York) May 04-Jun 04

Owner

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

 

Llangollen Railway Jun 10

Website

www.kwvr.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 August 2015

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
After a rather short and unsuccessful career on British Railways ending in withdrawal in April 1967, 79964 waspreserved in 1967 on the embryonicKeighley & Worth Valley Railwayalong with classmate 79962. The two were considered suitable for a growing heritage operation.

79964 was returned to service and painted into a non standard red livery, as carried by similar Railbus vehicles in Germany.

Although not widely known, in 1970 79964 and 79962 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 79964 was returned to its original BR Green livery.

79964 again took to the mainline in 1980 when the vehicle (and 79962) 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.

79964 proved to be a real stalwart of the line, particularly operating morning "shopping" services, duties which it carried out for several decades. The vehicle has been overhauled several times and has been kept in service, unlike 79962 which fell out of use.

A popular vehicle, in 2004 it represented the Railbus duing the National Railway Museum's "Railfest" event.

In 2010, it was the star of the Llangollen Railway's annual railcar gala.

In 2011, it ran for the benefit of the railcar association during the annual convention which was held at its home line the K&WVR that year.

Future Plans
To maintain in service

 

M79964 in service at Keighley, 17/1/15. Brian Battersby

   

M79964 on a murkey day at Oxenhope, 25/11/14. Craig Gluyas

   

M79964 stands at Ingrow working a shuttle service during the diesel gala, 27/5/12. twpudd

   

M79964 departs Damems, 19/2/12. Andrew Gallon

   

M79964 arriving into Keighley, during the annual convention, 1/10/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 waits at Oxenhope, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 arriving into Damems Loop, crossing the Class 108, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 departing Damems Loop, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 arriving into Oakworth, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 makes a photo stop at the top of the bank at Keighley, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 makes a photo stop at Ingrow, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 departing Damems loop, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 makes a photo stop at Mytholmes tunnel, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 makes a photo stop at Mytholmes tunnel, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 waits to depart Damems loop, during the annual convention, 30/9/11.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 passes Fisherman's Crossing, near Glyndyfrdwy, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 passes Garthydwr, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 approaches Glyndyfrdwy, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 shunts at Glyndyfrdwy on an evening shuttle service, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 departing Glyndyfrdwy on an evening shuttle service, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 having arrived into Llangollen, the days services finished, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 departs Llangollen ECS, the days services finished, during a visit to the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 26/6/10.Chris Moxon

   

M79964 arrives into Keighley, 5/6/09.David Beardmore

   

M79964 climbs out of Keighley with an Oxenhope service between Christmas and New Year, 29/12/08. Alan Padley

   

M79964 performing its usual duties at Keighley, 29/8/06. Andy Cole

   

M79964 at Keighley, 18/6/05.Simon Edwards

   

M79964 at Keighley, 18/6/05.Simon Edwards

   

M79964 at York, National Railway Museum, visiting for the Railfest celebrations, 1/6/04.David McGuire

   

79964 calls at Keighley, 1994. John Law

   

79964 calls at Oxenhope, 1994. John Law

   

79964 pokes out of the shed at Haworth, 1994. Brian Battersby

   

79964 stabled on Haworth shed, 7/6/87. David McGuire

 

Interior

 

M79964's Oxenhope end cab, 30/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

M79964's Keighley end saloon, 30/9/11. Chris Moxon

   

M79964's Oxenhope end saloon, 30/9/11. Chris Moxon