In 1983 a prototype for a new style of coach was introduced on to BR
This was a follow on from the 'success' of the Leyland railbuses as a cost saving exercise.
|The Leyland coach at Carlisle on
|The coach in service
|The coach was a regular feature
of Brighton to Manchester cross country services and is seen here at Reading
in the formation of the 0920 from Brighton in 1983. It is reported that
whilst the seats weren't very comfortable it was bright and airy.
Andy Gibbs - see his excellent photos on Flickr
|Passing Quedgley near Gloucester
on a test train behind 45002 in 1984
Martin Loader - see his excellent site at www.hondawanderer.com
seen in the formation of 1O74 the 1023 service from Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton at Patcham.
|At Birmingham NS
|The coach at the RTC
|The coach at the East Kent
Railway in 1994
The coach was fitted out and placed into service on the Manchester to Brighton cross country service for passenger evaluation. Unfortunately this choice of route meant that the vehicle was compared with higher specification InterCity stock and was viewed in an unfavourable light which resulted in its premature withdrawal in 1983 following press criticism.
The Leyland coach still exists today at the Llanelli and Mynnydd Mawr Railway in Morfa Camarthenshire. It is now safely stored at Cynhidre where it is to be restored to its original condition for use on the former Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway with the Gwendraeth Railway Society
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