By Paul Humphries
Long serving members may remember the original NCR collaboration with the neighbouring Coquet Valley Railway to build a single car 4 wheel railbus (Photo 1). Each company produced a vehicle to the same design that could couple and run in multiple across both companies metals. When the CVR ceased operations some years ago the NCR vehicle continued in revenue earning service until gearbox problems forced its withdrawal from traffic. An unexpected windfall allowed the NCR to purchase a new steam loco from Doncaster works and this shared passenger duties with a Hunslet diesel loco.