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The history of First Generation DMUs


The Railcar website provides information on the British Railways first generation DMUs (a.k.a. diesel multiple units / railcars) introduced in the 1950s.

The six key sections of the website are:

  • Types - looks at each type of DMU in detail
  • Topics - features articles on differernt aspects of the vehicles and personal recollections
  • Technology - describes the technical details of how they work
  • Data - various lists of numerical details
  • Images - galleries featuring DMUs
  • Books - details the books and other printed materials made available over the years that have relevance

Details of railcars in preservation can be found on The Railcar Association website.


Vehicle Data

Vehicle:


DMU Images Wanted!

Do you have photos of First Generation DMUs? The more images we have the better we can tell the DMU story and make it more useful to visitors. Images can be loaded directly onto the site - just register as a user and upload! Alternatively if you have images on flickr or another website I can do the uploads for you - just let me know.


Scope

This website contains details about the First Generation DMUs. This includes the 4-wheel diesel railbuses, ACV / BUT railcars, the Battery Multiple Unit (BMU) and Blue Pullmans. It covers the period from their introduction to British Railways in the 1950s till their withdrawal and disposal from main-line use, but NOT preservation.

Because of the vast amount of data that this covers and the amount of information I have still to process I cannot include the DEMUs introduced on the Southern Region in the same era, nor Second Generation or later types.


Updates

February 23rd

The minutes of the 67th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (August 1959) have been added.

January 29th

The allocations for the GRC&W Class 100s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

January 27th

A look at the Fisons Weedkilling Coach FA99900, the former Class 100 DTC 56316.

January 22nd

The minutes of the 66th Lighweight Trains Committee meeting (July 1959) have been added.

January 21st

A look at the DMU services provided for the British Industries Fair (BIF) in the 1950s.

January 17th

Now added are design code pages, these replaced the original diagrams in 1980.

January 6th

Readers have been wonderful in identifying unknown locations. There are still plenty more that may be recognisable - I've put some of these into a gallery - if you know any of these places please let us know!

December 30th, 2016

A couple of new pages have been added to the book section - Platform 5 stock books and a look at other stock books.

Dec 19th, 2016

The allocations for the DMU classes withdrawn in the early 1980s - the Class 103 Park Royals, the Inter-City units (79xxx, Class 126 and Class 126), and the Trans-Pennine Class 124s - have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

Nov 26th, 2016

Comments can now be made on images. You must be register as a user to do so.

Nov 13th, 2016

With the increasing number of images on the site (now over 4,500), a new advanced search is available allowing searches by specific dates, regions / areas and liveries.

Latest Images:

New DMU photo

On 16th May 1970 a Park Royal class 103 DMU forming a Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno Junction service passes the abandoned Llechwedd exchange sidings at the foot of the narrow gauge railway incline and is about to enter Ffestiniog Tunnel, at 2 miles and 333 yards long. Gordon Edgar.

New DMU photo

Yet another night without the comfort of a bed and the station clock confirms my dedication or stupidity, at 01:22 am. Longsight-allocated class 108 DMU Nos.54489-51906 on the Chester shuttle and Gateshead-allocated 47431 alongside on a parcels working at Crewe on 21st May 1985. Introduced into BR service on 1st January 1962 as D1545 and allocated to 41A Darnall. Unlike many class 47s this example only carried the two numbers, but carried three liveries, namely two-tone green, BR blue, and large logo blue with grey roof. Given the unofficial name of 'Silurian' when at Tinsley in November 1990, she was withdrawn in August 1992 and disposed of by MRJ Phillips at Old Oak Common MPD in April 1997. Gordon Edgar.

New DMU photo

Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Co. class 110 "Calder Valley" two-car unit No.51831-51827 forming a Rochdale service at Manchester Victoria on the evening of 17th February 1986. Gordon Edgar.

New DMU photo

Swindon class 120 'Cross-Country' DMU Nos.M53692-M59301-M53708 forming a Lincoln service at Crewe on 23rd May 1985. Station pilot loco 08737 is in the adjacent platform. Gordon Edgar.

New DMU photo

A Swindon 'Cross-Country' class 120 unit (Etches Park, Derby allocated unit No.EP521 M50720 - M59267 - M50677) living up to its name forming, along with a 3-car class 101 Metro-Cammell unit, a Summer Saturday extra to Yarmouth on 28th August 1982. Seen at Brandon. Gordon Edgar.

More...

On This Day:

104 DMU

53530 on a service to Blackburn at Manchester Victoria on the 26th February 1986. Dennis Taylor.

101 DMU

101657 seen from a passing train - possibly at Longsight - on the 26th February 2001. Steve Hodgson.

101 DMU

Withdrawn Class 101 sandite / route learning vehicles, possibly at Longsight, on 26/2/01. The NSE set is 960991, others unknown. Steve Hodgson.

101 DMU

Withdrawn Class 101 sandite / route learning vehicles, possibly at Longsight, on 26/2/01. The NSE set is 960991 (977896 and 977895) and on the right one half of set 960994. Steve Hodgson.

101 DMU

Withdrawn Class 101 sandite / route learning vehicles, possibly at Longsight, on 26/2/01. On the left is 977896 which was part of set 960991 and on the right one half of set 960994. Steve Hodgson.

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