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Battery Multiple Unit - Derby 2-car BMU

Introduced: 1958
Coupling code: None
Underframe: 56ft 6in
Engines: None
Transmission: Electric


British Railways experimented with a 2-car battery set on the Deeside line.

Using Derby Lightweight bodies, conversion at Cowlairs works added a battery and traction motors and it was used on the Aberdeen to Ballater route from 1958.

After four years they were withdrawal they were taken on by the RTC at Derby for use in automatic train operation tests. They are now preserved.

Non-Passenger Use

Details about the unit in preservation can be found here.

The following publications were consulted in the preparation of this article:
Railway Gazette; 25 Years of Research - C. Marsden; British Railways Scottish Region Staff Magazine; Scottish Urban & Rural Branch Lines - G. O’Hara; The Deeside line - Dick Jackson; Railway Observer; Railway Bylines Summer Special No.1.
All pictures are official ScR shots unless otherwise stated.

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