977091

Photo of 977091 at East Kent Railway

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The following vehicle(s) appear in this photo.

  • 977091 - Leyland National 'Remanufactured' coach

Photo details

  • East Kent Railway
  • June 1995
  • © Peter Cummings

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Your comments

  • ian saunders

    20 March 2007, 22:12:49

    is this coach in use or awaiting restoration ?

  • Martin Barnsdall

    21 March 2007, 20:00:44

    When I visited the railway last August, it was in use as an overflow for the buffet car. The coach was 'hard wired' to the mains.

  • ian saunders

    31 March 2007, 12:11:30

    is it likley to ever be used as a passenger carrying coach any more then or is this the sad end of another unusual vehicle, just an over grown portacabin unloved and uncared for.

  • Dave Shell - Northumbria Rail Ltd.

    2 May 2007, 19:16:25

    An email I received today suggests this is up for sale, but had it marked as Nene Valley Railway. Anyone know anymore?

  • Jim

    31 March 2008, 10:36:21

    is this vechial coverted form one of the railbuses?

  • sideshow pete

    31 March 2008, 12:27:30

    Text lifted from SEMG website so copywright blah blah blah. e-mail address is : http://www.semgonline.com/coach/leyland.html

    Coach RDB977091 was built by British Leyland as an experimental prototype incorporating Leyland bus body features on a BR Mk 1 underframe, ex-M 21234. Built as an off-shoot from their Railbus project, with the idea of providing new bodies for these underframes, this single example was finished as a Tourist Open Second. Passenger reaction to it was adverse and in subsequent tests it was found to be unsuitable for use, after which it spent a decade dumped at Derby following withdrawal. The coach is preserved on the East Kent Railway at Shepherdswell.

  • Jonathan Flood

    15 July 2011, 22:21:11

    Can anyone confirm that this coach has now left the East Kent Railway and if so where it is now?

  • Ben Williams

    11 September 2011, 18:45:14

    This may have moved from East Kent to a new site in Wales last week but confirmation is needed.

  • Mark Thomas

    12 September 2011, 14:23:40

    It moved on Friday to Cynheidre on the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway for restoration and storage for the Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway.

  • John Lee Richards

    19 October 2011, 20:41:56

    On Thursday 8th September at around mid afternoon the Leyland Prototype coach No RDB977091 was loaded onto the back of an Allerly's Lorry, and left the East Kent Railway at around 3pm, and at 9am on Friday 9th, the coach arrived at the Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway in Cynheidre as M Thomas says.

    Because of it's unusual loading gauge it is indeed a perfect asset for us as we have restricted height with bridges (being built on top of the old Kymers Canal) and only being about 8ft wide it was a perfect choice for us with the restrictions to the line.

    Also to add is there will soon be a prototype Model made in 00 gauge in which the Gwendraeth Railway Society has the copyright to.

  • ian saunders

    23 October 2011, 13:42:33

    please keep us informed of the restoration progress and news of the model I ll definatly be having at least one

  • steve rimell

    7 April 2013, 14:21:34

    Any latest news on this coach ?. & also the model ?. Would be interested in a 7mm (O Gauge) version.


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