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Wensleydale Railway
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IU 04xxxx series


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Wensleydale Railway - Leeming Bar** *** ****Roger Harris
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    30 June 2013 - Harold Nicolson

    I would be grateful if anyone could inform us which railway company this vehicle is from ?

  • 30 June 2013 - Dave Cullingworth

    The VCT site have this listed as an LNER ballast brake/riding van built in 1948 by R.Y.Pickering.

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    1 July 2013 - Jon Horswell

    With regards to the light blue livery, was this one of the 'powertrack' vans? (I think that is what the company were called).

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    2 July 2013 - Phil Scott

    British Rail used a light blue livery for \"Project Mercury\" vehicles in the 1980s and 1990s. This livery was used by signal and telegraph engineer’s department for its cable laying trains.

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    2 July 2013 - Peter Anthony Cummings

    Regardless of whether this vehicle is 'authentic' to either of the projects, Powertrack was a different entity to the Mercury operation.

    It may have been NE based, and even an offshoot of Jarvis Fastline. Did once catch some of their stuff at Stratford though.

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    3 July 2013 - Ben Williams

    Yes the Powertrack vans were 977922 and 977923 and just coincidence this van has similar light blue colour.

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    12 July 2013 - Philip Hetherington

    Harold, I believe it's an LNER ballast brake van, they had a small compartment for the guard and a section for the rest of the staff to use as a mess van.

  • 13 January 2016 - Steve Jordan

    Condemned at Beighton CCE Yard 18/3/93 where I believe it went into IU. When I photographed it in October 1990 it was in good condition and wearing Olive Green livery. I believe the Fictitious blue livery was applied at East Lancs Railway when it arrived there.

  • 7 June 2021 - Greg Hartle

    Is this still at East Lancs or now at Wensleydale??

  • 7 June 2021 - Ben Williams

    VCT also suggests Wensleydale so must have moved at some point. Now updated.

  • 7 June 2021 - Greg Hartle

    Ok cheers Ben