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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

March 27th

The allocations for the first batch of Cravens Class 105s (50359-94 and 56114-49) have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

March 23rd

The minutes of the 68th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (October 1959) have been added.

March 13th

The allocations for the Swindon Class 120s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

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!

Latest Images:

New DMU photo

977123 and 977125 in Manchester Piccadilly station on the 13th March 1989. Dennis Taylor.

New DMU photo

Class 105 DTC E54417 stabled at Leicester on the 22nd December 1984. Dennis Taylor.

New DMU photo

54417 and 51294 at Leicester on the 22nd December 1984. Dennis Taylor.

New DMU photo

Class 105 DTC E54136 stabled at Leicester in June 1983. Dennis Taylor.

New DMU photo

Cravens DTC E54136 at the end of a row of eight DMU vehicles in Leicester in June 1983. Dennis Taylor.

More...

On This Day:

114 DMU

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.

115 DMU

Class 115 DMBS 51861 seen off its bogies at Bletchley on 29/3/86. Shayne Lewis.

122 DMU

W55017 at Looe on the 29th March 1967. Stuart Mackay Collection.

108 DMU

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.

108 DMU

With "Excursion" on the blinds, set BX489 (51569, 59207 & 53932) is seen at Dewsbury on 29/3/86. Malcolm Clements.

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