Silver Jubilee Railcar

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Silver Jubilee
Wheel Arrangement B-B
Year of Origin 1975 (power car), 1977 (driving saloon)
Year of Withdrawal 2003
Designer Ian Smith
Builder Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Length 24' 5"
Liveries Silver, InterCity, First North Western

The railcar was begun in 1976, when the workshops experimentally converted one coach into a power unit, capable of replacing Royal Anchor. The unit was named at the launch of the radio system, by which time both a driving trailer and centre saloon had been added. However, both driving saloons had to be modified with automatic gearboxes in 1983 and the following year the centre coach was converted to carry passengers in wheelchairs for the Liverpool Garden Festival. A fourth coach, a semi-open, was also added to the set for this.

During its time, the set was used on the "overnight" trains and during the winter. It was finally withdrawn after a visit to Cleethorpes in 2003, and has now been converted back into coaching stock. The centre saloon is number 123, the centre semi-open number 126, the driving trailer 136 and the driving saloon 137.

The original two-car livery was silver for the launch, and then at Liverpool was changed to a mock-InterCity Swallow livery for all four cars. In 1999 it was repainted in a mock-First North Western Livery, such as that seen on units on the Cumbrian Coast Line.

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