Llangollen Railway’s Railcar Gala – 11th & 12th June 2016

Llangollen’s annual Railcar Gala will take place on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of June 2016.

Alongside the resident fleet of DMUs, the special guest to the gala will be a diminutive 1958-built railbus, No.79960 from the North Norfolk Railway.

Railbus 79960 was built in Germany by Waggon Und Maschinenbau more than half a century ago as an experiment for British Railways to see if more traffic could be drawn to little used lines by the use of lightweight vehicles – a move that had been very successful in mainland Europe. Introduced to service in 1958 the tiny train, one of the smallest to operate in the UK, was used in East Anglia and in the North East before being laid aside as the lines for which it had been intended were closed under the Beeching programme.

Preserved as long ago as 1968 the train served the North Norfolk Railway for 44 years before moving on to the Ribble Steam Railway near Preston. A detailed history and photos can be found at: http://preserved.railcar.co.uk/79960.html

The weekend will see a very intensive timetable with departures from Llangollen and Carrog at half-hourly intervals and from Corwen every hour.

Prior to the event on the Friday evening there will be a photographic evening featuring the railbus during which will stop at various locations along the valley. On the Saturday evening there will be a social event and barbecue.

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