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DMU Railtours


DMUs were surprisingly popular on railtours, particularly those that focused on the line travelled and not the motive power, as DMUs allowed access to many routes that a conventional loco-hauled tour couldn't easily manage.

This is not a definitive list of DMU railtours, simply a gallery of some of those tours. For a more detailed railtour site see the Six Bells Junction website.

Details of the regular "Quaintonian" trains that ran to the Buckingham Railway Centre have their own pages.

If you have any photographs that could be added here please get in touch.

1970s

April 1970 - Educational Special Numbers 7 & 8

A special organized by Gilks-Grenside using a Blue Pullman from Surbiton to Carmarthen (Special Number 7) to connect with Special Number 8 (a 2-car Class 120 / 3-car Class 119) to tour some Welsh branches. It ran on the 25th or 26th.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Seen on the Newcastle Emlyn branch. Steve Davies Collection.

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In the Llanpumpsaint area. Steve Davies Collection.

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In the Llanpumpsaint area. Steve Davies Collection.

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At Llanpumpsaint. Steve Davies Collection.

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Seen on the Newcastle Emlyn branch. Steve Davies Collection.

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Seen on the Newcastle Emlyn branch. Steve Davies Collection.

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Seen on the Newcastle Emlyn branch. Steve Davies Collection.

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Seen on the Newcastle Emlyn branch. Steve Davies Collection.

29th August 1970 - Glasgow South Railtour

A BLS tour which took a 3-car Met-Camm (in mixed livery: DMBS in plain blue with normal yellow end, TC in green, and DMC in plain blue with yellow cab doors) from Glasgow Central around the south Glasgow area.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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During the layover at Newton. Stuart Rankin.

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Seen in London Road Yard. Stuart Rankin.

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During the reversal at Giffen. Stuart Rankin.

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Believed to be at Bedlay Colliery Sidings, with the colliery off to the left. Stuart Rankin.

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Taken at the Springburn layover. Stuart Rankin.

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At Renfrew Wharf. Stuart Rankin.

17th October 1970 - Unnamed

An unnamed Railway Society of Scotland which took a 3-car Met-Camm (in mixed livery: DMBS in plain blue with normal yellow end, TC in green, and DMC in plain blue with yellow cab doors) from Edinburgh Waverley to branches in the Glasgow area.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Taken during a stop at Morningside in Lanarkshire. Stuart Rankin.

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At Old Kilpatrick, the Erskine Bridge above is still under construction. Stuart Rankin.

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The stop at Dalmuir Riverside. Stuart Rankin.

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Partick Central. Stuart Rankin.

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At Whiteinch (Riverside). Stuart Rankin.

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At Yoker Yard. Stuart Rankin.

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At Bathgate Lower station. Stuart Rankin.

27th February 1971 - Somerset Rambler II

A tour organized by the Wirral Railway Circle / Great Western Society that ran from Bristol around Somerset using a Class 120 set.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Swindon Town. Stuart Mackay Collection.

15th May 1971 - Tintern Rambler

A Great Western Society / Wirral Railway Circle tour from Cardiff General using a 3-car Cross-Country set.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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W51088 probably at College Road yard to the east of Llandaff. Phil Deane Collection.

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W51060 + unknown centre car + W51088 at Glascoed. Phil Deane Collection.

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Seen at Sudbrook. Phil Deane Collection.

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At Parkend, now part of the Dean Forest Railway. Phil Deane Collection.

16th April 1972 - The Somerset Quarryman

A LCGB tour from London Paddington using Class 123 set L713.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At the old Swindon Town (M&SWJR) station. John Law.

7th April 1973 - Speyside Express

A Strathspey Railway Association tour that involved a Class 101 running from Edinburgh to Aviemore then operating the first passenger services on the Strathspey Line to Boat of Garten since 1965.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Aviemore, where the Strathspey line splits from the BR line. John McIntyre.

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At the final destination, Boat of Garten. John McIntyre.

26th May 1973 - Buchan and Mearns

A SLS / SRA tour with a 3-car Class 101 that ran from Glasgow to the Brechin / Aberdeen area.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The Class 101 runs through Aberdeen station. John McIntyre.

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The tour is piped into Aberdeen Waterloo station. It had ceased to be a passenger station over 100 years earlier but had continued as a freight depot. John McIntyre.

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In Aberdeen Waterloo station. John McIntyre.

25th August 1973 - S&D Railtour

The BLS 'S&D Railtour' started in Edinburgh Waverley and ran to different branches in Central Scotland.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The tour at Dunfermline Townhill SSEB. Stuart Mackay Collection.

10th November 1973 - London Branch Lines Tour

A BR Western Region tour that took a ten-car formation (three-car 118, three-car 117 and four-car 117 including 101 centre car) from London Paddington to places such as Morris Cowley.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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W59538 and W51407 During the stop at Morris Cowley. Hamish Stevenson.

1st June 1974 - Buchan Belle

An Angus Railway Group railtour that took a Class 101 power / trailer set 51457 + 56392 from Perth to Fraserburgh.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51457 + 56392 at Fraserburgh goods yard. John McIntyre.

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In platform 8 of Aberdeen station on the return journey from Fraserburgh to Perth. It carries a set number (62) in the cab window. John McIntyre.

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At Fraserburgh. Gordon Thomson.

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At Fraserburgh. Gordon Thomson.

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Maud Junction. Gordon Thomson.

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At Maud Junction. Gordon Thomson.

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At Strichen. Gordon Thomson.

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At Strichen. Gordon Thomson.

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At Udny. Gordon Thomson.

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At Udny. Gordon Thomson.

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At Ellon. Gordon Thomson.

22nd September 1974 - Barrow Hill Depot Open Day Shuttle

A shuttle between Chesterfield station and Barrow Hill station (closed to passengers in 1954) for the depot open day.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Barrow Hill station. Ian Francis.

1st May 1976 - Alston Farewell

A SLS railtour that ran from Newcastle to Alston. A 4-car 108 was the railtour set, which ran from Newcastle to Haltwhistle and was attached to the 4-car 101 (51436 + 59086 + 59066 + 51513) on the regular Haltwhistle - Alston service.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51513 nearest the camera at Alston. John Reddyhoff.

28th August 1976 - Forth Fife Railtour

A 3-car Class 101 operated this BLS tour from Edinburgh Waverley around Edinburgh and Fife branches.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The tour at Alloa Goods Yard. Alan Rintoul.

26th September 1976 - Bulmer's Railway Centre Open Day Shuttles

A shuttle using Class 119 and 120 Cross-Country sets between Hereford and Bulmer's Siding for an open day at the railway centre.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

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At Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

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At Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

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At Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

26th September 1976 - Unknown Name

A Class 119 / Class 120 that ran a shuttle to the Bulmers Railway Centre open day.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

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At Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

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B574 (119) and C501 (120) at Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

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B574 (119) and C501 (120) at Hereford. Steve Davies Collection.

8th January 1978 - Great Northern Outer Suburban

An RCTS tour from London Kings Cross to the Nene Valley Railway at Peterborough via Cambridge.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51301 at the front at Kings Cross. Robert Chilton.

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56431 during a photo-stop at Royston. Robert Chilton.

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56431 seen at Hertford North. Robert Chilton.

17th June 1978 - Un-named

The first Midland Railfans organized tour took 50317 + 59115 + 50327 from Birmingham New Street to a Doncaster Works open day and York depot.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Doncaster. Chris Lings.

30th July 1978 - The Merry-Go-Round

A RPPR tour from London Paddington using two Class 117s (L402 and L404) with bubble 55020 in between.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51337 on the front after arrival at Staines West Ian Buck.

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At Brentford Town. Ian Buck.

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At the long gone Reading Goods the railtour paused for a while with 51337 of L402 leading. Ian Buck.

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L402 pauses in the rain at Reading Goods. Ian Buck.

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At the final extremity of the tour, the branch to Morris Cowley, which is the only branch visited that is still open today. L402 with 51337 leading. Ian Buck.

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At Wallingford L402, 55020 and L405 traversed the line that has now become the Cholesey and Wallingford Railway. Ian Buck.

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L402, 55020 and L405 have now made it to Abingdon. Ian Buck.

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The freight branch to the Didcot Trading Centre was opened with high hopes but eventually came to nothing. L402, 55020 and L405 cleaned the rust from the rails. Ian Buck.

26th August 1978 - L & A Railtour

A BLS tour from Glasgow Central around Lanarkshire and Ayrshire using a 3-car Class 101 set (179).
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Set 179 at Springburn station in the company of another 101 and a 303 EMU. Graeme Phillips Collection.

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'Cluny Bridge' is on the destination blind during the Springburn stop. Graeme Phillips Collection.

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During the Waterside stop. Alan Rintoul.

28th August 1978 - The Fiddichburger

A BLS tour from Aberdeen that went to places such as Dufftown and Burghead using Class 122 55002.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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During the stop at Burghead. Norman Smart.

23rd September 1978 - City of Hull Tour

A Humberside Loco Preservation Group tour from Hull Paragon around branches in the area.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The tour at Hull Paragon. Stuart Mackay Collection.

28th October 1978 - Torksey Railtour

A RCTS tour with two Class 101 sets that ran from Derby to Torksey (Lincoln).
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Torksey. John Law.

16th April 1979 - Waterloo & Buchan Tour

Class 122 55007 (set 178) worked a BLS tour from Aberdeen to Kittybrewster, Waterloo and Fraseburgh.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Aberdeen Waterloo Goods Station. Mike Cooper.

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Maud station taken from 55007. Mike Cooper.

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55007 in Maud station. Mike Cooper.

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Photo time at Strichen station. Mike Cooper.

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SC55007 sits in Fraserburgh station. Mike Cooper.

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In Fraseburgh station. Mike Cooper.

19th May 1979 - Unnamed

A special organized by WAMRAC (the Wisbech & March Railway Action Committee) taking two Cravens sets (33 and 44) from Wisbech to Cambridge.

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At Wisbech Goods, E50377 closest. Gerard Fletcher.

20th October 1979 - Deep Duffryn Diddler

Organised by the Monmouthshire Railway Society running from Newport using a Class 116 and Class 120 (C612). A tour of the Mountain Ash system was done on steam hauled wagons.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Mountain Ash. Ian Buck.

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At Aberdare. Ian Buck.

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50666 at Penmawr Colliery . Ian Buck.

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