Llangollen Railway - Diesel Railcar Gala - June 11, 2016
E79960 a German built Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus of 1958 was the visiting railcar for the annual Diesel Railcar Gala Weekend in 2016.
Five WMD railbuses were built for British Railways. The underframe, power equipment, transmission and brake gear were similar to the Uerdingen railbus, common on the German Federal Railway. They were shipped via the Harwich-Zeebrugge train ferry.It was hoped they might be the answer to increasing losses on rural branch-lines.
The underframes were built of channel shaped cross-beams welded to flanged plate longitudinal girders. The corrugated steel floor was welded on top.
The body was formed of alloy panels rivetted on a light steel frame. Roof plates were crimped to increase rigidity. The body was suspended from four points on the frame, connected by hydraulic shock absorbers.
Unlike most BR diesel units, the accelerator was foot controlled. Also unusual at that time, were the power operated central doors and air powered disc brakes
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