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.
A feature by Jonathan Horswell on the unofficial names that appeared in the 1980/90s.
The allocations for the BRC&W Class 104 DTC and centre cars (56175-89, 59132-234, 59240-4) have been added to the individual vehicle pages.
The minutes of the 78th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (October 1960) have been added.
The allocations for the BRC&W Class 104 power cars (50420-50598) have been added to the individual vehicle pages.
The Class 127 Works Photos have been added.
The minutes of the 77th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (September 1960) have been added.
The minutes of the 76th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (August 1960) have been added.
The minutes of the 75th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (July 1960) have been added.
The allocations for the Derby Class 107s have been added to the individual vehicle pages. Also the Class 107 operations page has been re-written.
A new destination blind, from Marylebone in the 1970s has been added.
Class 101 set 311 - with two brake vans - is seen in Princes Street Gardens in 1986, and another Met-Camm set is seen in the distance. S Saunders.
Class 101 Met-Camm set 308 is seen in Princes Street Gardens in 1986. S Saunders.
A Swindon Cross-Country set in Princes Street Gardens in 1986, DMS 50648 closest. S Saunders.
A Class 120 emerging into Princes Street Gardens. S Saunders.
M53653 is seen in Edinburgh Waverley in 1986. S Saunders.
101686 (51231 + 51500) arrives into Whifflet station on February 24, 1994. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Class 120 51575 is seen at Peterborough on 24.02.1987 after it's passenger carrying days were over and it had been taken over by the Parcels department. Andy Cole.
Class 101 set 63 is seen in BR blue and grey livery at Peterborough on 24.02.1987 with 51428 closest. Andy Cole.
51230 is in need of a wash when seen entering Peterborough station at the head of set number 10 on February 24, 1987. Andy Cole.
Class 103 DMBS 50400 is seen stabled at Tyseley awaiting repair, 24.02.1980. Andy Cole.