LEV1 (RDB975874)

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Location History

National Railway Museum (York) 87-Jun 04

Current Location

Wensleydale Railway

 

North Norfolk Railway Jun 04-Aug 12

Current Status

Operational

 

National Railway Museum (Shildon) Aug 12-Oct 12

Current Livery

Yellow

 

Wensleydale Railway Oct 12-Present

TRA Designation

E

   

Owner

National Railway Museum

 

 

Website

None

   

Record Last Updated

18 October 2014

   

Preservation Modifications
None

Preservation Information
Experimental railbus with a body based on the Leyland National bus. Used for trials on branch lines in the Norfolk area during its British Rail days. The vehicle has carried its current yellow livery since new. Owned by the NRM, LEV1 was initially stored at York before moving to the geographically appropriate North Norfolk Railway in 2004.

A small team restored LEV1 which had been out of use for many years between 2004 & 2010. The vehicle was launched into service on the 17th April 2010. It is believed that this was its first passenger run since July 1983 on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Although used at galas including Diesel and Bus events, LEV1 saw comparatively little use, and was relocated to the Wensleydale Railwayin 2012 via the NRM's Shildon site.

In October 2012, LEV1 made its first moves on the Wensleydale Railway. The heater was also revived a short time later.

Future Plans
To maintain in service

 

LEV1 stabled at Leeming Bar, 8/6/14. Zoe Hunter

   

LEV1 shortly after arrival at the Wensleydale Railway, 23/10/12. Jon Horsman

   

LEV1 during its brief stay at the National Railway Museum at Shildon, 16/10/12. Anon Mouse

   

LEV1 stabled at Weybourne, 30/10/11. Mike Gill

   

LEV1 passing Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus E79960 at Weybourne station, 18/4/10. Tony Smith

   

LEV1 at Weybourne station, 18/4/10. Tony Smith

   

Under restoration in the yard at Weybourne, 19/7/09. Chris Moxon

   

Under restoration in the yard at Weybourne, 26/7/08. Chris Moxon