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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.

1984

18th February 1984 - The Norseman

Organised by Hertfortshire Rail Tours, this originated at Kings Cross and was loco and coaches to Darlington. Passengers then transferred to a 7-car Class 101 formation to Redmire and Eastgate.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Redmire, 53244 closest. Chris Lings.

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The train in Redmire. Chris Lings.

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51219 at the rear of the formation at Redmire. Chris Lings.

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53244 at the front of the train at Redmire. Chris Lings.

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The full 7-car formation seen at Redmire. Chris Lings.

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53244 at the rear of the train at Eastgate. Chris Lings.

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51219 seen through the trees at Eastgate. Chris Lings.

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53244 preparing to depart Eastgate for Darlington. Chris Lings.

10th March 1984 - The Staffordshire Ranger

This LCGB tour ran from Liverpool Lime Street formed of a Class 108 and Class 120.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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51586 at the end of the formation seen at Cheddleton. Chris Lings.

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51934 in Cheddleton station. Chris Lings.

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51934 at the front at Helsby station. Chris Lings.

22nd April 1984 - Brentford Branch Special

A Class 121 bubble car hired by the GWR Preservation Group for shuttles from Southall along the freight only Brentford line.

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Seen at Southall Railway Centre. Chris Lings.

9th June 1984 - The Ruddington Requiem

This BR organized tour ran from Derby to Ruddington traversing many other lines too. It used a 9-car formation - 53190 + 59130 + 53857 / 53055 + 59611 + 53116 / 53318 + 59114 + 53328.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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During a stop at Lawfield. Chris Lings.

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Plenty of admirers at Ruddington. Chris Lings.

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53910 at the bufferstops at Ruddington. Chris Lings.

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53910 at the bufferstops at Ruddington. Phil Deane Collection.

16th June 1984 - The Tay-Forth Venturer (A Grice of Fife)

A D.E.D. Blades / Swindon Preservation Society organized railtour that took 107 444 from Edinburgh Waverley to Perth and around many Fife branches.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Waiting to leave Edinburgh Waverley. Chris Lings.

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The Stirling stop. Chris Lings.

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Participants enjoying the view near Menstrie. Chris Lings.

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The stop at Markinch. Chris Lings.

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At Cameron Bridge. Chris Lings.

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107 444 at Cameron Bridge, 52005 closest. Chris Lings.

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107444 and 101325 at Rosyth Dockyard. Chris Lings.

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The stop at Oakley (Fife). Chris Lings.

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52005 closest at Oakley. Chris Lings.

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Dunfermline Upper, now the site of a retail park. Chris Lings.

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Wandering around the closed Dunfermline Upper station. Chris Lings.

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Lots of tour participants exploring Markinch station. The large light coloured shed on the right was once the home of 60009 Union of South Africa. Hamish Stevenson.

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At Cameron Bridge. Hamish Stevenson.

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Rosyth Dockyard. Hamish Stevenson.

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Rosyth Dockyard, the 101 on the left is on open day shuttle duties. Hamish Stevenson.

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Oakley. Hamish Stevenson.

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Dunfermline Upper. Hamish Stevenson.

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After finishing at Edinburgh Waverley. Hamish Stevenson.

14th July 1984 - The Bucks & Oxon Freighter

A Fakenham & Derham Railway Society tour that took a 4-car Class 115 (including DMBS 51875) unit around branches in Bucks and Oxon.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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The Little Kimble stop, with 51875 at the rear. Chris Lings.

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51875 at the rear at Winslow. Chris Lings.

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Swanbourne, 51875 carrying the headboard. Chris Lings.

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Swanbourne, with 51875 on the left. Chris Lings.

22nd September 1984 - The Crewe Independent

A BLS organised tour originating from Preston that ran around the Crewe area and Chester / Shrewsbury / Manchester.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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54224 during the stop at Shrewsbury. Chris Lings.

27th October 1984 - The Dockland Dawdler

A Monmouthshire Railway Society that originated at Newport and was formed of two 3-car 117 sets L402 and L415.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Oakdale Colliery with L402 headed by 51377. Chris Lings.

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At Newport East Docks with 51393 heading L415. Chris Lings.

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The view from 51393 at Newport Docks. Chris Lings.

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L415 at Newport East Docks. Chris Lings.

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51393 at Trethomus (Beclwas branch). Chris Lings.

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Seen at Trethomus (Beclwas branch). Chris Lings.

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Oakdale Colliery. Chris Lings.

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At Maerdy. Chris Lings.

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51393 at Maerdy. Chris Lings.

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51393 at Glascoed. Chris Lings.

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