79976 AC Cars Railbus

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Private Site: Nemesis Rail

Location History

Yieldingtree Railway Museum 67-?

Current Location

Private Site: Nemesis Rail

 

Bodmin & Wenford Railway ?-Nov 93

Current Status

Stored

 

Mid Norfolk Railway (County School) Nov 93-94

Current Livery

N/A

 

Colne Valley Railway 94-06

TRA Designation

2

 

Great Central Railway06-Jun 18

Owner

 

 

Private Site: Nemesis Rail Jun 18-Present

Website

 

   

Record Last Updated

7 July 2018

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Withdrawn in 1968 after a short and unsuccessful BR career, 79976 has fared equally badly in preservation. With much of the running gear entirety missing, the vehicle was put on static display at the Yieldingtree Railway Museum where it remained until the 1980’s.

A spell then followed at Bodmin General where the railway used 79976 as a static buffet until it was put into store in 1990. The railway then decided to dispose of the vehicle in 1993 as it wasn't suitable for use on the line's steep gradients. It was bought by Chris Leigh, long time editor af various railway magazine titles, who used to ride on it as a child.

Most of the glass was broken and the interior was very wet. It was missing its engine, gearbox and control system. Major restoration was required. Chris set up the "Railbus Restoration Group" to tackle this. After a 12 month period at County School station the vehicle joined sister 79978 at the Colne Valley Railway in 1994. However the restoration was later decided to be too great a task and the vehicle sold on again.

In 2006 the Mountsorrel Railway Project, eager to have a small vehicle to carry passengers on their branch line off the Great Central Railway, took on 79976. 79976 was moved to the GCR and stored awaiting the resources to start reconstruction. Sadly, despite the sucess of the Mountsorrel project team in other areas, 79976 proved too much of a challenge and over a decade of deterioration later they decided that they no longer required the vehicle.

In summer 2018, 79976's existence was threatened after the Great Central Railway began clearance of their sidings north of Loughborough locomotive works where 79976 was stored. Without offering it to groups within The Railcar Association they commenced scrapping of the vehicle. Luckily for 79976, an individual on the railway halted the proceedings early on and agreed a reprieve so that the vehicle could be properly advertised to determine whether any groups could take it on. The conclusion was a transfer to new ownership, with movement to Nemesis Rail's Buton depot following.

79976 is now stored at Nemesis Rail.

Future Plans
Not yet known.

 

79976 now stripped of all its external cladding, waits at Quorn & Woodhouse for onward road transport to Nemesis Rail at Burton, 25/6/18. Bruce Pollard

   

79976 slowly deteriorating at Loughborough, 6/5/17. Chris Moxon

   

79976 stored at Loughborough, 23/4/16. Brian Battersby

   

79976 stored at Loughborough, 10/1/15. Chris Moxon

   

W79976 stored at Loughborough, 18/5/13. Bill Pugsley

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough during the railcar convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough during the railcar convention, 8/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough during the railcar convention, 7/9/12. Chris Moxon

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough, 15/5/11. David Beardmore

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough, 31/8/10.Andy Neil

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough, 26/1/08.Simon Edwards

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough, 26/1/08.Simon Edwards

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough, 26/1/08.Simon Edwards

   

W79976 in store at Loughborough, 26/1/08.Simon Edwards

   

79976 on a small piece of track in 1993/1994 during stripping for restoration. Robert Frise Collection

   

W79976 on static display at Bodmin General, 17/8/89.David McGuire

 

Interior

 

Parts of the ceiling and upper interior survive inside W79976 in store at Loughborough during the railcar convention, 7/9/12. Chris Moxon