Diesel Railbuses

A variety of diesel Railbuses have been preserved on the UK’s heritage railways. The most numerous group are the remains of British Railways’ ill fated attempts to reduce costs on rural branch lines during the late 1950’s through experiments using 1950’s German practice. Although five types were trialled only two are represented in preservation.

A Swedish railcar from a similar era has also been included here.

A second wave of Railbuses were built during the 1980’s in the form of several demonstrators when British Rail were experimenting with different concepts which eventually transformed into the pacer units. The unsuitability of the vehicles in passenger service allied with their consequential low mileages have made them favourable for preservation.

Finally, a few four wheel vehicles built for use in departmental roles have been included. They never carried passengers on the mainline but have been converted into passenger carrying vehicles during preservation.

First Generation

 

Number Type Location
     
79960 W&M Ribble Steam Railway
79962 W&M Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
79963 W&M East Anglian Railway Museum
79964 W&M Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
     
79976 AC Cars Great Central Railway
79978 AC Cars Colne Valley Railway

 

Second Generation

 

Number Location
   
LEV1 Wensleydale Railway
   
LEV2 Oversees: Connecticut Trolley Museum
   
RB002 Oversees: Riverstown Old Corn Railway
   
LEV3 Oversees: Downpatrick & County Down Railway
   
RB004 Waverley Route Heritage Centre

 

Departmental Vehicles Converted into Passenger Railbuses in Preservation

 

Number Type Location
     
998901 Drewry Middleton Railway
     
999507 Wickham Lavender Line

 

Oversees Railcars

 

Number Country of Origin Type Location
       
1212 Sweden Y6 Nene Valley Railway

 

Now Scrapped

 

Number Type Last Location
     
79979 AC Cars Strathspey Railway