One of the favourite features on DMUs was being able to sit behind the driver and share his view of the line ahead. These images show what this experience was like. Latterly, drivers put their privacy over the public's enjoyment and would put the blinds down on the partition between the cab and the passenger saloon.
A look out of a Class 116 set heading out of Birmingham Moor Street and approaching Duddeston Viaduct. April 22nd, 1969. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Taken near Gilberdyke from a DMU heading for Hull, the Eastern Region general manager's inspection saloon "The Stourton Saloon" headed by DB975637 with DB975664 behind passes the other way on 18/Jun/1988. These two vehicles were converted from Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Co. class 100 DMUs 56300 (DTCL) and 51122 (DMBS) respectively. They were taken into departmental stock in 1978 and withdrawn in 1990, being scrapped at Snailwell in Cambridgeshire. As a footnote there were at one time six preserved class 100 vehicles and as of this month that total is down to three, with the news that long-stored 56317 which has been passed from pillar to post in recent years, has been scrapped. Happily the two car set consisting of 56097 and 51118, the only surviving class 100 power car, are currently undergoing a thorough restoration and should be back in service soon after many years out of use. Robert Chilton.
A Met-Camm unit seen out of the window of another DMU. Taken at Castleton Moor on the Middlesbrough to Whitby line, date unknown. Stuart Rankin.
Taken on-board Swindon Cross Country DMS 53675 at Penhilig, 22nd July 1985. The reflection shows the lights are on ready for going through the tunnel, ones on the luggage rack being prominent. Tim Stubbs.
A view I got nearly every day coming home from work, on board a Buxton allocated class 108 DMU on a Manchester Piccadilly - Buxton service, slowing for the Levenshulme stop, whilst a London Euston - Manchester Piccadilly service nears it's destination with a class 87 at the helm. 6th September 1986. Andrew J Crowther.
One feature of many of the old 1st generation DMUS now sadly lacking with the new stock was the forward view, or as in this case, rearward view. Here the view out of the rear of class 116 no. 51143 is seen just after leaving Northfield on the way from Redditch to Birmingham New Street. Points of note are the unit set number board in the secondman's window, the driver's copy of the 'Mirror' from the outbound journey and, unusually, a second set of driving controls lying on the desk. 26/Jul/1991. Robert Chilton.
One feature of many of the old 1st generation DMUS now sadly lacking with the new stock was the forward view, or as in this case, rearward view. Here the view out of the rear of class 116 no. 51143 is seen just after passing Lifford West Junction and just before arriving at Bournville on the way from Redditch to Birmingham New Street, 26/Jul/1991. Robert Chilton.
The view from a Derby Lightweight between Norwich and North Walsham in a snowy January 1964. These vehicles didn't have a full width drivers desk, and the brake valve on the lower left just sits on top of two vacuum pipes. Tim Stubbs.
Sharing the drivers eye view. A Class 116 in the Birmingham Moor Street area, probably 1970s. The seat covering is 'Trojan' moquette. Stuart Mackay Collection.
Sharing the driver's view, in the days when they left the blinds up. Taken in a Class 104 crossing Stockport viaduct. Malcolm Clements.
Crossing the Forth Bridge on a Derby built vehicle, probably a 107 or one of the 108s that spent a short time based in Edinburgh when new. In the desk can be seen a small board painted "D2 WED" and these can sometimes be seen propped up in the windows. It denoted what the set was working, and on the reverse was often the drivers diagram details. Photo by Tony Pirie. Ian McDonald Collection.
This shows one of the main reasons the public loved DMUs - the view of the line ahead! The set is approaching Dalmeny Junction from the south and is about to pass 61351. It's probably a Class 107 but may be one of the 108s on loan at the time. Photo by Tony Pirie. Ian McDonald Collection.