BR 975874 Four-wheel LEV 1 prototype railbus built 1979

BR 975874 Four-wheel LEV 1 prototype railbus built 1979This page is a part of the Herritage Railways Carriage Survey project and is hosted on the internet by The Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT), a volunteer body, based on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in the United Kingdom. About the Trust: The Vintage Carriages Trust was formed in the late 1960s by a group of volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied railway carriages. They could see that there was a need to concentrate on the preservation of these historic items which were in grave danger of disappearing due to the weather and vandalism damage and unsuitability for regular use on preserved railways of the day. The Trust became a Registered Charity in 1981 and a Registered Museum in 1992. The Collection held by the Trust is at present nine historic railway carriages, also three small industrial steam locomotives, and a collection of railway posters and other miscellaneous railway items. The Trust owns the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow - the first station from Keighley on the Worth Valley Railway. By three phases of building work over the last ten years this has developed into a large museum display and associated workshop, and is the Trustís headquarters. Although the building is named a

BR 975874 Four-wheel LEV 1 prototype railbus built 1979
BR 975874 Four-wheel LEV 1 prototype railbus built 1979

 

Present Location Wensleydale Railway
County Location North Yorkshire
Designed For BR
Built by BL Workington
First Number 975874
Later Numbers LEV1 RDB 975874
Present Number LEV1 RDB 975874
Gauge 4ft 8 1/2in
Wheel Arrangement 4 wheel
Original Underframe Yes
Original Bogies/Wheelsets Yes
Additional Notes 4-wheel prototype railbus 'LEV 1': first tested in passenger service in East Anglia. Exported to the USA in the early 1980s. P 1987 NRM, York. From there to North Norfolk 6/04. To NRM Shildon 08/12, then to Wensleydale 10/12.
Owner National Railway Museum
External Structural Condition Good
Internal Structural Condition Satisfactory
Underframe Condition Good
External Finish Fair
Internal Finish Fair
Degree of External Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of Internal Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of Underframe/Running Gear Originality As built/last Passenger rebuild (BR or before)
Degree of External Authenticity Very Good
Degree of Internal Authenticity Very Good
Degree of Underframe Authenticity Very Good
Rarity Unique
Historical Importance Exceptionally Important
Storage Under Cover
Operating No
Survey Date 06/09/1998
Surveyor Ian Smith
Photo Date 26/04/2012
Photo by Steve West
At Risk No
Date Record Last Updated 29/04/2016


 

 










 



 

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