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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

September 21st

The minutes of the 74th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (June 1960) have been added.

August 28th

The allocations for the Derby Class 114s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

August 18th

The minutes of the 73rd Diesel Trains Committee meeting (April 1960) have been added.

July 18th

A more detailed look at the Class 114s in parcel use has been added.

July 16th

The minutes of the 72nd Diesel Trains Committee meeting (March 1960) have been added.

June 29th

The allocations for the GRC&W Class 128s and BRC&W Class 110s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

June 19th

The minutes of the 71st Diesel Trains Committee meeting (February 1960) have been added.

June 14th

Eric Stuart remembers the early years of DMUs as he presents his Railcar Memories.

Latest Images:

New DMU photo

Class 101 units on Dundee depot on the 15th April 1984. Nearest the camera is set 101363 consisting of Sc53144+Sc59049+Sc53746. Kevin Law.

New DMU photo

Class 123/124 hybrid set E52103+E59823+E59838+E51951 leaves Doncaster with a Hull-Manchester Piccadilly service on 28th March 1984. Kevin Law.

New DMU photo

Class 114 driving trailer E54008 leaves Totley Tunnel on the 22nd March 1984 with a Sheffield-New Mills service. Kevin Law.

New DMU photo

Class 123 Swindon Inter-City DMS(L) E52103 at the head of a Hull-Manchester Piccadilly service leaves Totley Tunnel and enters Grindleford station on the 22nd March 1984. Kevin Law.

New DMU photo

Class 108 M54241+M53960 stand at Carlisle on 3rd March 1984 Kevin Law.

More...

On This Day:

128 DMU

Class 128 parcels bubble car 55995 is seen passing Saltley on 20.10.1984. Tyseley had three of these, 55993 - 55995. Andy Cole.

101 DMU

Class 101 set B803 (presumably 51522 + 59546 + 51450) heads into Bincombe Tunnel on October 20, 1979. Steve Davies Collection.

101 DMU

Class 101 set B803 (presumably 51522 + 59546 + 51450) after emerging from Bincombe Tunnel on October 20, 1979. Steve Davies Collection.

101 DMU

At Chester on a Manchester train 101679 (51224 & 51533) on 20th October 1997. Ian Buck.

116 DMU

Class 116 set C312 at Mountain Ash on a railtour in October 1979. This trip included a tour of the NCB Mountain Ash system behind steam. Ian Buck.

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