|Builder:||Waggon und Maschinenbau|
|Engine:||Büssing 6-cyl horizontal diesel
later replaced by AEC 220X
|Power:||150 hp (110 kW)|
Waggon und Maschinenbau adapted a fairly standard Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) design for British Railways needs. The railbuses had four wheels, ride being interesting on the often poor quality track they were later used on! The railbuses had a single sliding door on each side. One interesting feature was the cabs only occupied half the width of the cabin. Passengers could thus sit at the front next to the cab. Three of the railbuses had their original Büssing engines replaced by AEC diesels.
The Railbuses were used on branch lines in the London Midland and Eastern Regions  especially in East Anglia. They indeed were successful in reducing running costs but the branch lines they were used on were still losing money and closed. Due to the problem with spare parts for this small fleet and the closure of lines they could be used on the fleet was largely redundant by 1964 though continued in intermittent use until 1967 when they were withdrawn. Remarkably four of the five have survived into preservation.
|E79960 arrives at Wirksworth|
|Another view of E79960|
|E79960 at Ravenstor|
|Notice the cab only occupies half the front, passengers can occupy the other half|
|E79960 at Shottle|
 Brian Haresnape, Diesel Multiple-Units: The First Generation (Ian Allan, 1985) p. 79
 Colin J Marsden, DMU and EMU Recognition Guide (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 21