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The history of First Generation DMUs


The Railcar website provides information on the British Railways first generation DMUs (a.k.a. diesel multiple units / railcars) introduced in the 1950s.

The six key sections of the website are:

  • Types - looks at each type of DMU in detail
  • Topics - features articles on differernt aspects of the vehicles and personal recollections
  • Technology - describes the technical details of how they work
  • Data - various lists of numerical details
  • Images - galleries featuring DMUs
  • Books - details the books and other printed materials made available over the years that have relevance

Details of railcars in preservation can be found on The Railcar Association website.


Vehicle Data

Vehicle:


DMU Images Wanted!

Do you have photos of First Generation DMUs? The more images we have the better we can tell the DMU story and make it more useful to visitors. Images can be loaded directly onto the site - just register as a user and upload! Alternatively if you have images on flickr or another website I can do the uploads for you - just let me know.


Scope

This website contains details about the First Generation DMUs. This includes the 4-wheel diesel railbuses, ACV / BUT railcars, the Battery Multiple Unit (BMU) and Blue Pullmans. It covers the period from their introduction to British Railways in the 1950s till their withdrawal and disposal from main-line use, but NOT preservation.

Because of the vast amount of data that this covers and the amount of information I have still to process I cannot include the DEMUs introduced on the Southern Region in the same era, nor Second Generation or later types.


Updates

September 21st

The minutes of the 74th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (June 1960) have been added.

August 28th

The allocations for the Derby Class 114s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

August 18th

The minutes of the 73rd Diesel Trains Committee meeting (April 1960) have been added.

July 18th

A more detailed look at the Class 114s in parcel use has been added.

July 16th

The minutes of the 72nd Diesel Trains Committee meeting (March 1960) have been added.

June 29th

The allocations for the GRC&W Class 128s and BRC&W Class 110s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.

June 19th

The minutes of the 71st Diesel Trains Committee meeting (February 1960) have been added.

June 14th

Eric Stuart remembers the early years of DMUs as he presents his Railcar Memories.

Latest Images:

New DMU photo

Class 104 3-car unit M53590+M59227+M53562 stands at Buxton on 30th April 1984 Kevin Law.

New DMU photo

101364 calls at Haymarket station with the 17.18 Edinburgh - Bathgate train on 19-08-1986. 53268 leads, presumably with 59080 and 53242 behind. Gordon Thomson.

New DMU photo

A Class 120 set with two brake vehicle in Edinburgh Waverley on November 1st, 1986. This should make it set 507 formed 53698 + 59285 + 51781. Gordon Thomson.

New DMU photo

Met-Camm set 101310 (presumably 53163 + 59302 + 51234) approaches Kilmaurs station with the 11.59 Kilmarnock to Glasgow Central train on 22-03-1989. Gordon Thomson.

New DMU photo

The overhead power lines are off as ScotRail 107734 (presumably 52011 + 59791 + 51994) and a Met-Camm set call at Barassie with an Ayr to Kilwinning shuttle, during maintenance works on 25-03-1989. Of note is that the station building at Barassie (left) is still standing - it was removed shortly after this. Gordon Thomson.

More...

On This Day:

105 DMU

Class 105 parcels car 53364 at Leeds on October 21, 1987. Rex Holt.

110 DMU

A Class 110 set with a Met-Camm centre car is seen in Leeds station on October 21, 1987. Rex Holt.

110 DMU

A BRC&W Class 110 two-car set in York station on October 21, 1987, with E52085 at the front. Rex Holt.

110 DMU

A Class 110 in Leeds station on October 21, 1987. The Class 104 roof dome probably makes this 51823. Rex Holt.

108 DMU

A Class 108 and 142 in York station on 21/10/87. Rex Holt.

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