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:
Details of railcars in preservation can be found on The Railcar Association website.
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.
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.
The Class 127 Works Photos have been added.
The minutes of the 77th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (September 1960) have been added.
The minutes of the 76th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (August 1960) have been added.
The minutes of the 75th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (July 1960) have been added.
The allocations for the Derby Class 107s have been added to the individual vehicle pages. Also the Class 107 operations page has been re-written.
A new destination blind, from Marylebone in the 1970s has been added.
The minutes of the 74th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (June 1960) have been added.
The allocations for the Derby Class 114s have been added to the individual vehicle pages.
A more detailed look at the Class 114s in parcel use has been added.
Set B811 (with presumably 51801 leading) passes 08 950 at Westbury on May 11, 1981. Steve Davies Collection.
A Class 110 DMU emerges from the tunnel at Sowerby Bridge on June 16, 1983. Steve Davies Collection.
W51389 leads Class 117 set L412 (presumably with 59499 + 51347) at Kings Norton on April 11, 1981. It is displaying Banbury (General) on the destination blind. Steve Davies Collection.
No date or location with this image, the destination blind seems to read 'Special Excursion'. It shows three two-car Cravens sets, almost certainly ER sets and early 1970s. Note the third vehicle is noticeably lighter than the others, and carries the BR logo on the cab door, as does the leading car which has the smaller 3" vehicle numbers. Steve Davies Collection.
E56373 leads this two-car refurbished Class 101 set at Abbots Ripon on May 2, 1979, heading for Hitchin. Steve Davies Collection.
DMBS M51635 leads a pair of class 127 4-car units at St.Pancras waiting to work another service to Bedford. Saturday 22nd January 1983 Iain Reid.
Class 101 DMBS 50232 with DTCL 56399 trailing, rattles along near Middlesbrough on 22/Jan/1983. Robert Chilton.
E51274 and E56084 seen at Manors on 22 January 1978. Ian Francis.
E56392 + E51210 approaching Benton on the 22nd January 1978. Ian Francis.
Inside a not-very-busy 53170 on the 22nd January 2003. Mat Hawley.