Leyland coach

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 test c1983


In service

The coach in service

J Tuffs

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

It is seen here in the formation of 1O74 the 10.23 service from Manchester Piccadilly to Brighton at Patcham. 

Andy Gibbs

The interior

Mark Norrington

At Birmingham NS

Ernest Godward

RTC The coach at the RTC

Colin Marsden

Preserved The coach at the East Kent Railway in 1994

Peter Cummings

This unique coach RDB977091 was built by British Leyland as an experimental prototype incorporating Leyland bus body parts on the underframe of former BR Mk1 BCK M21234. The redundant Mk1 coach was stripped of its bodyshell and the underframe was re-furbished and equipped with a new Leyland body and B4 bogies

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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