Heritage DMUs - The Final Years
A look at the units that survived into the privatisation era. Published in February 2015.
Modern Locomotives Illustrated Issue 207 - The First Generation Diesel Multiple Units
ISBN ISSN: 1756-8188
Although this isn't a book, the June/July 2014 issue of this partwork series contains more information than some of the other books listed here. An amendment list was compiled by Railcar Association members which can be found here.
Blue Pullman Pictorial
Another volume that expands Kevin's previous Blue Pullman volumes. Released in November 2012.
A look at some of the earliest first generation DMUs that were introduced - the 79xxx series Derby Lightweights and 79xxx series Met-Camm units. Released in January 2012.
BR First-Generation Diesel Railbuses
A look at the brief career of the 4-wheeled railbuses. Released in December 2011.
This volume also looks at DMUs before and after the first generation vehicles. Released in August 2011.
BR First Generation DMUs
OPC (Ian Allan)
A comprehensive listing of each vehicle covering technical details, set formations and a summary of allocations. Released in April 2011
British Railway DMUs in Colour for the Modeller and Historian
A colour album covering both first and second generation units. Released in November 2010.
Blue Pullman Supplement
An 80 page expansion to the author's already heavily detailed hardback book. Released in September 2009.
Modern Locomotives Illustrated No.176 Blue Pullman Stock & The APT fleets
The April - May 2009 edition of this magazine has 32 well illustrated (many in colour) pages about the vehicles.
British Multiple Units: Volume 1 - DMUs & DEMUs
ISBN 0 948069 22 9
A complete listing of all units, with build dates, withdrawals, conversions, renumberings, departmentals, preservation and disposals. This is the second edition released at the end of 2006.
First Generation DMUs in East Anglia
A detailed look at units in East Anglia. Released in November 2006.
First Generation DMUs in Colour for the Modeller and Historian
Featuring 175 colour photographs from the '50s to pre-nationalisation in the '90s. Published in November 2006.
Kestrel Railway Books
How and why the sets came about, their construction, testing and introduction, are all covered in this detailed work, most of the information and many of the photographs appearing in print for the first time. Accompanied throughout by facts, figures and anecdotes, "Blue Pullman" will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the BR Modernisation Plan, the London Midland and Western Regions in the 1960s, and the story of the Blue Pullmans itself. 168 pages, hardback, with 180 illustrations, including colour and black and white photographs and detailed plans for the modeller. Released in June 2006.
First Generation DMUs
A very nice selection of pictures from the green era, including many official and interior shots. Released in April 2004.
British Multiple Units: Volume 1 - DMUs & DEMUs
A look at how our beloved machines were disposed of, up to March 2000. Details of all numbers carried, date to traffic, date withdrawn and either disposal date or preservation details for every vehicle - and departmental use! A second edition was released late in 2006.
British Rail DMUs & Diesel Railcars
A Pictorial Record of British Railways Diesel Multiple Units
Not so much a pictorial, but an outstanding collection of drawings (sides, ends & interiors) for every 1st generation DMU/DEMU in OO scale. A must for the DMU modeller. But take care and double check any details, there are many mistakes in the book. Released in October 1995.
The Heyday of the DMU
Alan C. Butcher
A collection of colour photographs, many from Colour Rail, but a beautiful book. It is rare to see such a collection of colour pictures of DMUs! Did I mention it is all in colour? Released in October 1994.
Ashley Butlin & Neil Webster
Each DMU car is listed, with introduction, withdrawal and scrapping dates and place of scrapping. Released in July 1994.
British Rail Fleet Survey No. 8: Diesel Multiple-Units - The First Generation
A brief look at each class with a good selection of pics. Also contains a good oversight into the development of these first DMUs. Released in October 1985.
Modern Railways Pictorial Profile: 10 The 'Blue Pullmans'
Modern Railways Pictorial Profile was an occasional Ian Allan magazine devoted to certain subjects, and issue 10 was about the Blue Pullmans.
The British Railcar - AEC to HST
David & Charles
This 1984 book goes into technical details, and covers steam railcars, early DMUs (LMS and GWR), BR first generation DMUs and railbuses, DEMUs, Blue Pullmans, HSTs, and the APT. A good read.
Motive Power Recognition:3 DMUs
Covering the classes in service at the time of it's release in August 1982. As the title suggests, lots of data and how to recognise each class etc.
Diesel Multiple Units: Eastern England
A 32 page photographic album of railcars that have worked in the Eastern England area. Released in 1981.
Trains in the Eighties 5 Diesel Units
No Author Specified
A 32 page pictorial album released in 1980.
Most people should be familiar with the much missed Bradford Barton square pictorial book format. A 1976 collection of B/W pictures.