The Leyland Experimental Vehicle (LEV)
|The forerunner of all those nasty railbuses was the Leyland Experimental Vehicle,
a joint venture between Leyland and BR to combine the worst features of
rail and bus. Here are some pictures of the some of the early railbuses at the RTC
and at the test track.
There were five single car railbuses built and which BR had on trial and miraculously they have all survived - look here for information and pictures.
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|The first LEV was un-powered and
is shown here in the sidings at the RTC around 1978
|A bigger and better picture at
RTC in June 1978
|LEV1 at the south portal of
Stanton Tunnel in 1979
|A view of the Wickham version of
(known as R3 and built especially for the USA) at the test track. The
vehicle had an overall length of 18.3m rather than the LEV1's 12.3m. It is pictured on the straight between
Old Dalby and Grimston,
looking north; note the Covered Way and Grimston Tunnel in the background.
|The second BR version of R3
(known as Rb3) pictured at the Control Centre at Old Dalby on
test in the early 1980s
For more pictures and information of the various prototype versions look here on on my train testing site
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