Although the Class have enjoyed some of the longest service lives of any DMU vehicles built, they also hold the record for the shortest lived car. DMC car E50173 was delivered to the NER as part of a 4-car set in January 1957 and withdrawn in October of that year after sustaining collision damage at Hexham which left it beyond economic repair.
There were very few withdrawals until the late 1970s, the majority however lasting well into the mid '80s.
At Jan ‘91 only 11 of any TBS vehicles remained in use on BR, 3 Class 108s and 8 Class 101s - 59055/77/9/80/4/92/3/5. All except 59093 were allocated to Norwich Crown Point and operated in 3-car East Suffolk Line sets. At the same time there were only two TS vehicles remaining - 59303 at Laira (Regional Railways) and 59306 at Reading (Network South East). 59303 was last used in the summer of '97 in North Wales and became one of the last two remaining centre cars, the other being TCL 59593 (ex-green set). These were put into store at Blackpool (as seen in the image) pending preservation offers.
The last years saw sets only 2-car sets based at Manchester and Glasgow, until the Corkerhill sets were transferred to Manchester where they survived until December 2003. Regional Railways organised a farewell tour on the 21st December to commemorate the end of their first generation DMUs. It ran from Manchester to Buxton and Barrow-in-Furness, worked by 101 676 in Regional Railways livery / a Strathclyde liveried set / 101 685 in green.
Description - Technical
Description - Variations
Description - Interior
Description - Modifications
Operations - Initial
Operations - Later
685 - Daisy
Details about preserved Class 101s can be found here.
Many thanks to Mac Winfield and Eddie Knorn for their assistance in the preparation of this section.