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:
Details of railcars in preservation can be found on The Railcar Association website.
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.
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.
The allocations for the first batch of Cravens Class 105s (50359-94 and 56114-49) have been added to the individual vehicle pages.
The minutes of the 68th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (October 1959) have been added.
The allocations for the Swindon Class 120s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.
The minutes of the 67th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (August 1959) have been added.
The allocations for the GRC&W Class 100s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.
A look at the Fisons Weedkilling Coach FA99900, the former Class 100 DTC 56316.
The minutes of the 66th Lighweight Trains Committee meeting (July 1959) have been added.
A look at the DMU services provided for the British Industries Fair (BIF) in the 1950s.
Now added are design code pages, these replaced the original diagrams in 1980.
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!
977123 and 977125 in Manchester Piccadilly station on the 13th March 1989. Dennis Taylor.
Class 105 DTC E54417 stabled at Leicester on the 22nd December 1984. Dennis Taylor.
54417 and 51294 at Leicester on the 22nd December 1984. Dennis Taylor.
Class 105 DTC E54136 stabled at Leicester in June 1983. Dennis Taylor.
Cravens DTC E54136 at the end of a row of eight DMU vehicles in Leicester in June 1983. Dennis Taylor.
Working the 12:09 to Cleethorpes at Barton-on-Humber on the 29th March 1983 is a Class 114 DMU formed of E56001 + E50007. Hamish Stevenson.
Class 115 DMBS 51861 seen off its bogies at Bletchley on 29/3/86. Shayne Lewis.
W55017 at Looe on the 29th March 1967. Stuart Mackay Collection.
The new order at Weston-super-Mare. It’s Tuesday March 29 1988 and Leyland 155325 has just arrived on a press demonstration run from Westbury. Meanwhile, B965 (54203 + 53620) arrives on a Taunton train. Just visible in the ‘six-foot’ are tubs of daffodils, the station staff’s attempt to brighten the surroundings. Mel Holley.
With "Excursion" on the blinds, set BX489 (51569, 59207 & 53932) is seen at Dewsbury on 29/3/86. Malcolm Clements.