Photo of RB004 at National Railway Museum, Shildon

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  • RB004 - Experimental Railbus RB004

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  • Dave Birchall

    3 May 2009, 13:01:18

    Was RB004 ever used on the national network??

  • Martin Barnsdall

    4 May 2009, 17:01:55

    RB004 was - as far as I know - never allocated a departmental number, nor was it allocated a class number.

    I'm not aware that it was used in passenger service - it is closely related to the class 141 dmmu's - being a single car unit version. It was at Telford Steam Railway for a long time. I have a picture somewhere.

  • Dave Birchall

    4 May 2009, 17:05:28

    It still is, i saw it heading back there on a low loader along the M60 on the 19/04/09 from the NRM Shildon

  • Bob Bailey

    7 May 2009, 11:34:10

    As far as I can find out RB004 only ever ran trials in the UK at the Mickleover Test Track before being shipped to the US in June 1984. It ran extensively in the US and returned to the UK in late 1986. It went initally to Litchurch Lane on return then went to York Carriage Works where it was used as an office.

    It never had a BR number of any sort. I have never even found out a builders number for it

    Bob Bailey

    Owner RB004

  • Dave Birchall

    7 May 2009, 17:39:53

    Cheers Bob, thanks for the info. I am hoping to get down to Telford at some point this year for a ride on RB004.

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    29 January 2011, 20:02:53

    The above photo may be recreated later this year...

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    18 February 2011, 19:28:32

    For those who are unaware this machine has transfered from Bob to Northumbria Rail ownership.

  • Jonathan Flood

    7 July 2011, 10:09:29

    For those interested in this Railbus and the other 2nd Generation Prototype Railbuses, please see The Railbus Trust's new Yahoo! Group ( http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/railbustrust) and a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/RailBusTrust).

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail

    30 August 2011, 19:37:29

    Currently residing at the Midland Railway Centre, Swanwick Junction. It is due to take part in their DMU gala on 10 & 11 September.

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