Rail replacement boost for WTHT

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Nick Larkin explains how a historic vehicle trust turned its hand to rail replacement as a regular source of income to help maintain its fleet of classic vehicles

A Cumbrian classic transport group is boosting its income from an unlikely source – rail replacement work. The Workington Transport Heritage Trust bought low-floor Alexander ALX 300-bodied MAN 18.220 X805 SRM in 2016. It was new in 2000 and latterly with Stagecoach in Lancaster, and is now the Trust’s front-line vehicle for use on rail replacement work.

An operator’s licence was acquired in 2016, enabling the MAN to be used for outings and wedding hire.

Former Stagecoach Alexander-bodied MAN 18.220 is WTHT’s front-line rail replacement vehicle. ALISTAIR GREY
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