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- 975874 - Experimental Railbus LEV1
- London Bridge
- 25 May 1983
30 June 2006, 07:09:18
That is an excellent photo! Especially south of London.
There is one preserved on the NNR, it is originally from the National railway museum but is on long term loan to the North Norfolk Railway.
30 June 2006, 07:25:00
The one at NNR is this one!
9 July 2007, 16:27:08
It may not be immediately obvious, but LEV1's main body was made from sections of Leyland National bus.
The cab fronts, door modules and main body sections were standard national parts, only modified slightly to suit the new rail application. This structure was carried over to the production railbuses as well, but with more modifications. I'm not familiar enough with the Classes but I think they were 142s and 143s, named 'Skippers' and 'Pacers' by their user organisations.
4 May 2009, 17:43:46
This was the first of the experiemental railbuses built in 1978 by BR/BRL/Workington. Originally unpowered, it was later fitted with an engine. The later series of 4 wheel railcar sets: 140/141/142/143 and 144 were all based on this and its descendants.
6 May 2009, 14:06:40
The bulbous projection above the cab windows was fitted either before or during a demonstration trip to the USA. Mesh grills were fitted over the windscreens at the same time for the same trip - subsequently removed.