The trial of the experimental British Rail Lightweight Railbus Vehicle (LEV1) on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft is designed to provide user reaction before the railbus enters service in rural areas. The aim of the LEV project is to provide a low cost replacement for diesel multiple fleet. The LEV1 is based on two national bus bodies mounted back-to-back on an underframe. The lightweight design and high power-to-weight ratio provides performance with fuel economy. A similar lightweight railbus is described, based on the National 2 bus body, being developed by Wickham of Ware, Herts., for the Federal Railroad Administration. British Rail is intending to market such lightweight rail vehicles worldwide for use on mass transit systems.

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    City Press Limited

    Fairfax House
    Colchester, Essex CO1 1RJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Acton, P
  • Publication Date: 1980-11-12

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  • Accession Number: 00331120
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1982 12:00AM