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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.

1987 - 1989

17th January 1987 - The Chiltern Chariot

This Hertfordshire Railtours tour took two Class 115 units from Marylebone to Gospel Oak, Dunstable, Bedford etc.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Dunstable. Chris Lings.

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At Dunstable. Chris Lings.

21st March 1987 - The Thames and Trent Railtour

Three Class 115/108 hybrids operated this BLS tour from Marylebone to branches in the Nottingham area.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Nottingham station. Chris Lings.

11th April 1987 - The Tower Toad

A Monmouthshire Railway Society tour that started at Newport.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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C480 heads C465 at Mwyndy Jtn., Llantrisant and past the photographer's house. Mac Winfield.

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At Tower Colliery. Chris Lings.

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51307 at Tower Colliery Chris Lings.

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At Ynysbul, 51307 closest. Chris Lings.

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51312 at Nantgarw. Chris Lings.

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At Nantgarw Colliery. Chris Lings.

4th May 1987 - Mendip Meanderer

Organized by Black Eight Tours and ran from Birmingham New Street to the East Somerset Railway.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Seen near Merehead, led by 55993. Tom Clift.

30th May 1987 - (unknown)

A BLS tour that took Class 110 sets from Bradford FS to Carlisle.

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At Bradford FS. Chris Lings.

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51813 at Bradford FS. Chris Lings.

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51813 after arrival at Carlisle. Chris Lings.

29th August 1987 - The Fife Coast Explorer

A tour from Glasgow Central around Fife with two Strathclyde liveried Class 101s.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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53160 at Cameron Bridge. Chris Lings.

3rd October 1987 - The Cumbrian Ranger

A BLS tour that originated at Preston and used the retro-green 108 53964 + 54247.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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At Heysham. Chris Lings.

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At Sellafield. Chris Lings.

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At Whitehaven. Chris Lings.

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At Whitehaven. Chris Lings.

14th November 1987 - The Irwell and Mersey Rambler

A BLS tour that began in Crewe.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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52060 at Bury. Chris Lings.

26th March 1988 - The Usk and Severn Rambler

A Branch Line Society tour from Bristol Temple Meads with 51369 + 59521 + 51411.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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T306 at Sudbrook. Chris Lings.

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At Sudbrook. Chris Lings.

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At Westerleigh. Chris Lings.

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On the Avonmouth branch. Chris Lings.

2nd May 1988 - The Brickfield Rambler

Black Eight Railtours ran this from Birmingham New Street to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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T305 (51410 + 59520 + 51368) at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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At Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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T305 at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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59520 and 51368 at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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At London Marylebone. Stephen Burdett.

6th August 1988 - Chinnor Tonic

Organised by Hertfordshire Railtours and started in Marylebone, it ran again on 3/9/88.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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Class 108 DTC 54224 on the tour at Quainton. Robert Frise.

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Class 108 DTC 54213 on the tour at Quainton. Robert Frise.

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Class 115 DMBS 51895 at Quainton. Robert Frise.

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At Quainton Road, from left to right is 54224 + 51893 + 51895 + 54213. Robert Frise.

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At Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

3rd September 1988 - Chinnor Tonic

The third Hertfordshire Railtours train of this name (the first was 9/7/88 the second 6/8/88). Ran from Marylebone with two Class 108/115 hybrid sets.
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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An unknown 108 DTC at the end of the tour formation at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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Class 115 DMBS 51893 at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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An unknown 115 DMBS in the tour formation at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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Class 108 DTC 54499 at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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Arriving at Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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At Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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At Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

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At Quainton Road. Robert Frise.

23rd April 1989 - Notts & North Derbyshire Railtour

Organised by The Institution of Mining Engineers, this tour from Derby used an eight-car formation using a Class 114 (T227), 116 (T319) and 117 (T303).
The tour on Six Bells Junction website.

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53019 leads at Welbeck Colliery. Robert Chilton.

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