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NER 1903 railcar enters service at Embsay & Bolton Abbey


AWARD-winning NER electric Autocar No. 3170 and trailer car No. 3453 are now in regular operation on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, following launch on October 19 (RM Nov, p9). 

However, on the first day of public operation on April 17, a technical problem occurred and it looked as though the four-train service might have to be abandoned.

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Unique NER petrol-electric Autocar No. 3170, fitted with a modern diesel engine during its restoration, developed a fuel pump fault that prevented it from running under power for its public debut on April 17. It is seen being propelled by Class 37 No. 37294 towards Embsay, running as the slightly delayed 12.00 departure from Bolton Abbey. MIKE HADDON

However, the day was saved when English Electric traction came to the rescue, with Class 37 No. 37294 providing power for the railcar.

Passengers were no doubt disappointed not to experience this unique vehicle running under its own power, but they were at least able to travel in the railcar.

Read more in the June 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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