RailBus – E79960

Power Type Diesel
Builder Waggon und Maschinenbau
Build Date 1958
Operators British Railways
Owned By M&GNJR Society


In the late 1950s, British Rail tested a series of small railbuses, produced by a variety of manufacturers, for about £12,500 each (£261,000 at 2014 prices). These proved to be very economical (on test the Wickham bus was about 9 mpg‑imp (0.31 L/km)), but also somewhat unreliable. The lines they worked on were mainly closed during the Beeching Cuts and, being non-standard, they were all withdrawn in the mid-1960s.


This vehicle is currently on loan to Ribble Valley Railway