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DMU Railtours


DMUs were surprisingly popular on railtours, particularly those that focused on the line travelled and not the motive power, as DMUs allowed access to many routes that a conventional loco-hauled tour couldn't easily manage.

This is not a definitive list of DMU railtours, simply a gallery of some of those tours. For a more detailed railtour site see the Six Bells Junction website.

Details of the regular "Quaintonian" trains that ran to the Buckingham Railway Centre have their own pages.

If you have any photographs that could be added here please get in touch.

1983

12th March 1983 - Class 127 D.M.U. Farewell

Commerating the end of the Bedpan units working out of St Pancras. Running on its home route to Bedford, it then ran via Bletchley and Oxford to the Buckingham Railway Centre at Quainton Road, and then ran on Class 115 territory from Aylesbury into London Marylebone. It returned to St Pancras via Neasden South Junction, Ealing Broadway, Slough and Acton.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Ready for departure from St Pancras. Chris Lings.

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During the Oxford stop, running over 30 mins late due to problems after leaving Bedford. Chris Lings.

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The participants were able to visit the Buckingham Railway Centre during a stop at Quainton Road. Chris Lings.

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At Quainton Road, museum staff helped repair an air leak on 51592, thought to have occurred when the drive shaft nudged an air pipe on the tight curve on the Bedford St. Johns avoiding line. Chris Lings.

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51618 at the front ready for the departure from Quainton Road. Chris Lings.

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During the 10 minute stop at Wembley Complex. Chris Lings.

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Marylebone - normally home the very similar looking Class 115s. Chris Lings.

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At Stewarby, M51618 closest. Stuart Pearce.

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At Wembley Complex, 51592 closest. Stuart Pearce.

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At Quainton Road, 51618 closest. Stuart Pearce.

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The Buckingham Railway Centre staff helping to fix the damaged air pipe on M51592 at Quainton Road. Stuart Pearce.

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At Stewartby, M51618 closest. Stuart Pearce.

5th June 1983 - The Coal-ton Flyer

The tour carried two headboards, one with the name and the other '1Z30 St Christopher's Appeal Tour'. The formation is believed to be two 3-car Class 120s, and it ran to the Coalville depot open day.

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51575 at the head of the tour at Coalville. Chris Lings.

5th June 1983 - Unnamed

A shuttle run by BR between Leicester and Burton calling at Coalville for the open day.

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At Coalville depot. Chris Lings.

23rd July 1983 - Warcop Wanderer

A tour that ran from Manchester Victoria around the north west.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51901 at the front at Barrow-in-Furness. Chris Lings.

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51901 closest at Warcop. Chris Lings.

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51901 closest at Warcop. Chris Lings.

14th August 1983 - The Dalesrailwayman

A 2-car Met-Camm special that made multiple runs from Skipton - Rylstone. It probably ran on multiple days, the Six Bells Junction website lists it as running on 31/07/83.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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53207 closest at Skipton on 14/08/83. Chris Lings.

27th August 1983 - Strathclyde Wanderer

A BLS tour from Glasgow Central using Class 101 trailer brake three-car set 101 365.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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53239 closest at General Terminus. Hamish Stevenson.

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53245 closest at General Terminus. Hamish Stevenson.

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Waiting at Barrhead before proceeding to Kilmarnock. Hamish Stevenson.

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At Hunterston H.L. Hamish Stevenson.

3rd September 1983 - Unnamed

101 312 ran from Dundee - Aberdeen - Keith Junction - Dufftown and return.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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53138 at Dufftown. Norman Smart.

22nd October 1983 - Double Dragon (Y Ddraig Dbwl)

This Branch Line Society tour ran from Cardiff to Maerdy, Tower and Abercynon Collieries using Class 117 set L400.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Set L400 (51374, 59484 and 51332) arriving at Maerdy. PJ Evans.

5th November 1983 - The Glamorgan Freighter

Hertfordshire Railtours from Paddington, loco-hauled then DMU from Port Talbot around various branches and back to Cardiff, then loco-hauled stock Cardiff back to London.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Pantyffynon, 51348 leading set B439 with 59479 behind. Chris Lings.

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The headboard gets added to 55020 at Abernant Colliery. Chris Lings.

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55020 at the end of the long formation at Swansea East Depot. Chris Lings.

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The tour at Onllywn. Chris Lings.

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The tour at Onllywn. Chris Lings.

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51348 closest at Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. Chris Lings.

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A busy scene at Gwaun-cae-Gurwen. Chris Lings.

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A view from the tour as it passes through Ammanford station. Chris Lings.

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During its stop at Swansea East Depot. Chris Lings.

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Stopped at Onllwyn. Chris Lings.

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At Onllwyn. The vehicles visible are 51348, 59479 and 51390. Chris Lings.

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At Onllwyn. The visible vehicle from left to right are 51341, 51390, 59479 and 51348. Chris Lings.

12th November 1983 - The Cannock Chaser

This Staffordshire Railtours train rail from Birmingham New Street to various lines in the Cannock and Birmingham area, formed of Class 101s 53330 + 59130 + 53313 and 53325 + 59528 + 53306.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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This is believed to be the tour at Stafford. Andrew McConnell.

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53330 waiting to depart from Birmingham New Street. Chris Lings.

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53330 During a stop at Stourbridge Junction. Chris Lings.

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