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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.

1985 - 1986

20th April 1985 - The Maerdy Gras

Organised by the Monmouthshire Railway Society this tour started at Newport and visited various branches in the area, formed of two Class 117 sets (L413 + L407) with bubble 55021 in the centre.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Blaengarw. Chris Lings.

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At Aberpergwm. Chris Lings.

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In Llanelli station. Chris Lings.

22nd June 1985 - The Cotswold Lion

A BLS tour that started in Paddington formed of Class 117 L428 and bubble L128.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Long Marston, formed 51358, 59510 51400 and bubble 55028. Chris Lings.

13th October 1985 - Un-named day excursion

A BR organised day excursion from Derby to the likes of Buxton, Long Eaton and Edale, formed of a Class 116 and 120.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The tour at Buxton. Chris Lings.

19th October 1985 - Wear and Wendley Dalesman

A Hertfordshire Railtours special which originated at Darlington.

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Seen at Stanhope. Graeme Phillips Collection.

26th October 1985 - Sharpness Shunter

A Monmouthshire Railway Society tour that started in Cardiff.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Sharpness. Chris Lings.

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At Gloucester Docks, 51319 closest. Chris Lings.

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At Gloucester Docks, 51397 closest. Chris Lings.

23rd November 1985 - The Anglian Vibrator

Run by Hertfordshire Rail Tours and originated in Kings Cross, consisted of two 117 sets (L412 and L411) with a 121 bubble (55021) inbetween.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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L412 at Wisbech. Chris Lings.

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L411 at Wisbech. Chris Lings.

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51389 at North Elmham Chris Lings.

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51346 and 59498 at North Elmham Chris Lings.

22nd March 1986 - The Don & Tees

The BLS organised tour originated at Sheffield and visited the Darlington and Middlesborough areas.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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54192 at Darlington. Chris Lings.

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54199 at Boulby Mine. Chris Lings.

5th April 1986 - The Risca Cuckoo

Originating from Newport, this Monmouthshire Railway Society tour was formed of three 3-car sets.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Newport Dock Street. Shayne Lewis.

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At Oakdale Colliery. Shayne Lewis.

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At Rose Heyworth Colliery. Shayne Lewis.

1986 - Brentford Branch Special

Bubble 55020 was hired by the GWR Preservation Group for shuttles along the frieght only Brentford line. Exact date unknown...

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55020 carrying a large 'Brentford Branch Special' headboard. Chris Adams.

21st June 1986 - The Vectis Velocipede

Organised by Hertfordshire Rail Tours, taking two Class 105s from Stevenage to Portsmouth.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

The Vectis Velocipedeimage 5989

In Surrey, as the tour heads through Epsom station. Iain Reid.

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Heading away from Epsom station towards Ashtead. Iain Reid.

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Passing through Warnham station. Iain Reid.

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E51284 tails passing through Warnham (between Horsham and Dorking). Iain Reid.

12th July 1986 - Fen Tiger

A Hertfordshire Railtours / Southern Electric Group tour starting from Reading with two Class 117 sets.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Seen at South Lynn, 51404 (L424) closest. Chris Lings.

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At Kings Lynn, 51389 at the front. Chris Lings.

23rd August 1986 - The Clyde Forth

A Branch Line Society tour that ran from Glasgow Central around branches in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At South Leith, the train running about an hour late at this time. Alan Rintoul.

30th August 1986 - The Mancunian Railtour

A RCTS tour from Leeds around the Manchester area, formed of 101 and half engine 111 power twins 53171 + 51222 / 78720 + 78970.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Buxton, 53171 in the company of 52060 and 53636. Andrew J Crowther.

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E51222 and E53171 at Penistone during a 40 minute wait for a late running Hudderfield service. Andrew J Crowther.

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E53171 and E51222 at Penistone during a 40 minute wait for a late running Huddersfield service. Andrew J Crowther.

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