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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.

1980 - 1982

12th July 1980 - The Forth Valley Wanderer

A tour organised by the Edinburgh City Transport Welfare Association from Edinburgh Waverley around the Edinburgh area with a 105/101/105 hybrid set.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51474 at Grangemouth No.3. Hamish Stevenson.

The Forth Valley Wandererimage 6310

The tour at North Berwick, SC51480 closest. Hamish Stevenson.

The Forth Valley Wandererimage 6311

51474 + 59047 + 51480 in North Berwick station. Hamish Stevenson.

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At Fouldubs Junction, between Grangemouth and Falkirk. Hamish Stevenson.

27th September 1980 - North Eastern No.5 Rail Tour

A RCTS tour from Leeds around the North East, using a 3-car Class 111 and another 2-car set (108?).
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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During the stop at Kelloe Bank Foot, County Durham. Graeme Phillips Collection.

14th February 1981 - Rossendale Farewell

A railtour organized by David Isherwood, it was billed as the last passenger train up the Rossendale Valley (what is now the East Lancashire Railway). The tour originated from Manchester Victoria and ran to Rawtenstall by way of Cheetham Hill and a reversal in Castleton Station and the east to west curve at Castleton Jn. It returned to Manchester Victoria by using the west to south curve at Castleton Jn. and then the Cheetham Hill line as outward.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Bury Bolton Street, formed of M50794 (105 DMC), M59207 (104 TS), M50761 (105 DMBS) and M50453 (104 DMBS), M59161 (104 TC), M50505 (104 DMC). Andy Pullar.

2nd May 1981 - Last Train to Brechin

Organised by Douglas Blades, this tour used a Class 101 (50239 + 59053 + 50245) set from Edinburgh. Class 122 55000 was added at Dundee for the trip to Brechin.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

Last Train to Brechinimage 120

Seen on the outskirts of Brechin. Hamish Stevenson.

Last Train to Brechinimage 125

55000 closest when seen on the Bridge of Dun - Brechin section. Hamish Stevenson.

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50245 leading on the outskirts of Brechin. Hamish Stevenson.

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50245 closest near Brechin. Hamish Stevenson.

25th July 1981 - Strathmore Berry Picker

A tour that ran from Edinburgh Waverley - Forfar using set 378 (a 105/101/105 hybrid) with a Class 122 attached.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

Strathmore Berry Pickerimage 5661

In Forfar station. Mike Cooper.

Strathmore Berry Pickerimage 5662

The Class 122 leads the train at Glamis. Mike Cooper.

9th - 10th April 1982 - The Ayr Restorer

A Hertfordshire Rail Tours special that ran from London Euston for an overnight loco-hauled journey to Kilmarnock. There the passengers transferred to two Class 107 sets (429 + 434) to visit Ayrshire branches and then to Carlisle, there they swapped back to the loco-hauled set for the return to London.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Passengers disembark at Giffen. Gordon Thomson.

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Set 434 at Giffen. Gordon Thomson.

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At ICI Cargenbridge. Gordon Thomson.

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At Waterside on the former Ayr - Dalmellington branch. Gordon Thomson.

13th April 1982 - The Bevercotes Collier

An RCTS (West Midlands Branch) tour taking a 4-car Class 123/4 Trans-Pennine set and 2-car 101 from Doncaster to Bevercotes Colliery.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

The Bevercotes Collierimage 811

51952 sits at the front at Bevercotes Colliery. Shayne Lewis.

The Bevercotes Collierimage 812

At Bevercotes Colliery, formed 51952, 59819, 59837, 52099 and 50218, 56407. Shayne Lewis.

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Another view at Bevercotes Colliery. Shayne Lewis.

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51952 at the head of the train at Bevercotes Colliery. Chris Lings.

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During the Bevercotes Colliery stop. Chris Lings.

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Class 124 DMC 51952 at Bevercotes Colliery. Chris Lings.

9th October 1982 - Ayrshire Wanderer

Organised by the Swindon Preservation Society as part of their fundraising to purchase a Class 126 unit, this tour took two sets around Ayrshire.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The tour at the Hunterston stop, SC51017 closest. Ian MacDonald.

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The tour at the Hunterston stop, SC51017 closest. Ian MacDonald.

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