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Leyland had supplied engines for BR for many years with DMUs and these were powered by either AEC or Leyland 680 engines.
Out with the old Replacing the first generation DMUs would prove to be a tough task, regardless of how old some of them were (1950s).
Experiments started using nothing more than a Leyland National body slung on to the top of a rail underframe for proving purposes.
More testing times The first prototype became known as LEV1 (Leyland Experimental Vehicle) and was even powered by the National’s Leyland 500 series diesel coupled up to a semi automatic gearbox and was assembled at the Cumbrian Leyland bus plant in Workington.
Matters came to a head in the late 1980’s whereby BR, frustrated and tired of persistant breakdowns and running problems with the driveline, forced Leyland into a corner and threatened them with legal action over lost revenue.
By now Leyland had passed from State ownership to Management buy out and into the hands of the Volvo Corporation.
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Costs were kept low by the fitting of single axle bogies at either end of a modified freight wagon frame, so the number of wheel sets, axles, springs and brakes were halved over the traditional DMU.