79976 AC Cars Railbus

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Location History

Yieldingtree Railway Museum 67-?

Current Location

Great Central Railway

 

Bodmin & Wenford Railway ?-Nov 93

Current Status

Stored

 

Mid Norfolk Railway (County School) Nov 93-94

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

 

Colne Valley Railway 94-06

TRA Designation

2

 

Great Central Railway06-Present

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Record Last Updated

1 July 2014

   

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Withdrawn in 1968 after a short and unsuccessful BR career, 79976 has fared equally badly in preservation.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 vehiclein 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 greater 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.

It was moved to the GCR and stored awaiting the resources to start reconstruction.

Future Plans
Full restoration.

 

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