999507 Wickham Railbus

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Location History

East Lancashire Railway 98-Jun 03

Current Location

Lavender Line

 

Middleton Railway Jun 03-Dec 08

Current Status

Operational

 

Lavender Line Dec 08-Present

Current Livery

Derby Research Red & Blue

 

 

TRA Designation

E

Visited Railways

Llangollen Railway 05-06

Owner

 

 

Llangollen Railway Jun 07

Website

 

 

 

Record Last Updated

29 March 2013

   

Preservation Modifications
As the vehicle was always a departmental vehicle on BR, suitable seating was required in preservation. These were Class 101 seats salvaged from scrapped DTCL 56220.

Preservation Information
999507, as the number suggests, was always a departmental vehicle on BR, built at the same time as five passenger railbus vehicles by Wickham. None of the passenger vehicles survived, but 999507 (in use by Derby Research as Laboratory 20) lasted long enough to be preserved.

Much restoration (particularly mechancial) was undertaken on the vehicle at its first home the East Lancashire Railway where it did make some runs for private participants. However the interior remained sparse as it had never contained passenger seating, having track recording equipment instead. The vehicle was repainted into BR Green.

In 2003 it was sold and relocated to the Middleton Railway where the interior was reconstucted and the vehicle launched into passenger service for the first time.

999507 visited the Llangollen Railway in 2005 for their Railcar Gala, staing into the following year.

In August 2006, back at the Middleton Railway 999507 was repainted back into its Derby Research red/blue livery.

In 2007, 999507 was repainted back into its Derby Research red/blue livery, and made a second visit to the Llangollen Railway.

The following year, after the private owner had decided he no longer wanted the responsibility of such a vehicle, 999507 was sold and moved to the Lavender Line.

The vehicle is ideally suited to the line which is only a mile long and has no run round facilities, and 999507 currently operates regular passenger services there.

Future Plans
To maintain in service

 

999507 stabled at Isfield, 3/6/12. Amy Adams

   

999507 stabled at Isfield, 8/10/11. Keith Duke

   

999507 arriving into Berywn during the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 9/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

999507 rests at Carrog during the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 9/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

999507 passing the Class 109 at Glyndyfrdwy during the Llangollen Railcar Gala, 9/6/07. Chris Moxon

   

999507 leaving the Middleton Railway on its way to Llangollen for the DMU Gala, 5/6/07. Graham Parkin

   

999507 on its passenger debut in Red/Blue livery, 30/9/06. Graham Parkin

   

999507 on its passenger debut in Red/Blue livery, 30/9/06. Graham Parkin

   

999507 on its passenger debut in Red/Blue livery, 30/9/06. Graham Parkin

   

999507 on its passenger debut in Red/Blue livery, 30/9/06. Graham Parkin

   

999507 on its passenger debut in Red/Blue livery, 30/9/06. Graham Parkin

   

Back at the Middleton Railway, 999507 being repainted into it's former Research red / blue colours, August 2006. Graham Parkin

   

Back at the Middleton Railway, 999507 being repainted into it's former Research red / blue colours, August 2006. Graham Parkin

   

Now with a full yellow end, it is seen during it's stay on the Llangollen Railway, September 2005. Graham Parkin

   

999507 shares a home with another former non-passenger railbus, the Drewry overhead line inspection vehicle, 30/8/03.Ian Dobson

   

The vehicle moved to the Middleton Railway (Leeds), seen here on it's first run there, 14/6/03. Graham Parkin

   

Early in its preservation life at Bury, 19/7/99. Stuart Mackay

   

999507 shortly after arrival at Bury, 25/5/98. Andy Cole