79978 AC Cars Railbus

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Colne Valley Railway

Location History

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 68-79

Current Location

Colne Valley Railway

 

Kent & East Sussex Railway 79-Feb 84

Current Status

Stored

 

Colne Valley RailwayFeb 84-Present

Current Livery

BR Green (Speed Whiskers)

   

TRA Designation

2

Visited Railways

Severn Valley Railway Oct 04

Owner

Colne Valley Rly Preservation Society Ltd

   

Website

colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

   

Record Last Updated

1 March 2017

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Withdrawn in February 1968 after a short and unsuccessful BR career, 79978 has been the most fortunate of the three AC Cars Railbuses originally preserved, and the only one to carry passengers in preservation.

Originally purchased in 1968 for use on the embryonic North Yorkshire Moors Railway, the vehicle arrived there fully operational under its own power to Pickering, staging overnight at Heaton.

79978 worked passenger services for some time being named "Premier", before being deemed too small. When it was put up for sale, a group of K&WVR members put in a bid for it, although they were not successful. Whilst at the NYMR, the vehicle was repainted into LNER "Tourist" Green/Cream with half yellow warning panels.

79978 was sold to the Kent & East Sussex Railway in 1979 but little is known about the vehicle during its time there before moving on in 1984.

The vehicle was puchased by the Colne Valley Railway Company, headed by Dick Hymas, and relocated to theColne Valley Railway where it continued to provide good service.

In 2004 79978 visited theSevern Valley Railway as part of the Railcar50 celebrations. Although intended for use on Kidderminster-Bewdley shuttles, the vehicle sadly did not see any passenger service during the visit due to major problems with the air braking system.

Soon after returning from the event 79978 was removed from passenger service and put on display/in storage pending repairs. Sadly these were not forthcoming and the vehicle remained out of service.

In November 2016, following a great deal of change at the Colne Valley Railway, 79978 was sold from its original owners to the Colne Valley Railway Preservation Society, a registered charity, who had bought the site and many of the "original" railway's assets.

79978 remains stored awaiting restoration.

Future Plans
Unknown

 

W79978 continues to be stored at the Colne Valley, 22/10/11. Amy Adams

   

W79978 at Castle Headingham, 12/9/10.David Beardmore

   

W79978 open for viewing during the railcar convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W79978's engine during the railcar convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W79978 at Kidderminster visiting the Severn Valley Railway for Railcar50, 15/10/04. Ian Francis

   

W79978 at Castle Headingham, 31/5/01.Stuart Mackay

   

W79978 at Castle Headingham, 11/10/99.David McGuire

   

W79978 at Castle Headingham, September 1986.Andy Neil

   

79978 at Goathland.Roy Lambeth

   

79978 at the NYMR.Ian Francis

   

W79978 at Goathland a year into its preservation life, 1969.John Law

 

Interior

 

No2 end cab, awaiting its time for restoration, 19/3/15. Tom Southgate

   

Passenger saloon, awaiting its time for restoration, 19/3/15. Tom Southgate

   

W79978's No1 end cab during the railcar convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W79978's No2 end cab during the railcar convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W79978's No1 end passenger saloon during the railcar convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon

   

W79978's No2 end passenger saloon during the railcar convention, 25/10/08. Chris Moxon