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The history of First Generation DMUs


The Railcar website provides information on the British Railways first generation DMUs (a.k.a. diesel multiple units / railcars) introduced in the 1950s.

The six key sections of the website are:

  • Types - looks at each type of DMU in detail
  • Topics - features articles on differernt aspects of the vehicles and personal recollections
  • Technology - describes the technical details of how they work
  • Data - various lists of numerical details
  • Images - galleries featuring DMUs
  • Books - details the books and other printed materials made available over the years that have relevance

Details of railcars in preservation can be found on The Railcar Association website.


Vehicle / Set Data

       

DMU Images Wanted!

Do you have photos of First Generation DMUs? The more images we have the better we can tell the DMU story and make it more useful to visitors. Images can be loaded directly onto the site - just register as a user and upload! Alternatively if you have images on flickr or another website I can do the uploads for you - just let me know.


New DMU Books

You wait ages on a new DMU book, and then two come along at once! Later this month two hardback books will be released by Strathwood, one looking at the BR Built vehicles, and one looking at those built by outside contractors. Print run is limited to 1,000 copies of each.

DMUs built at BR workshops cover
DMUs built at BR workshops cover

Updates

April 14th

Part Two of the series looking at the construction of a DMU (Swindon 79xxx series). This time underframes.

April 6th

The start of a new series looking at the construction of a DMU (Swindon 79xxx series). Part one deals with bogies.

March 12th

The minutes of the 91st Diesel Trains Committee meeting (February 1962) have been added. That's the last of those that I have.

February 24th

A look at the Class 116s in Scotland has been added.

February 3rd

The minutes of the 90th Diesel Trains Committee meeting (January 1962) have been added.

January 12th

A look at the brief use of Derby Lightweights in Lincolnshire has been added.

Latest Images:

New DMU photo

A Met-Camm set in Birmingham New Street in April 1958. Furthest from the camera is 50322. Michael Mensing.

New DMU photo

A three-car Met-Camm DMU with the 11.12am Coventry - Birmingham (New Street) service about to enter Beechwood Tunnel on May 12, 1964. Michael Mensing.

New DMU photo

Met-Camm set TY404 (M50325 presumably closest) at Bordesley in March 1975. Michael Mensing.

New DMU photo

E50212 at Shildon on November 4, 1978. Michael Mensing.

New DMU photo

Refurbished Met-Camm set B801 at Castle Carry in early 1981. Michael Mensing.

More...

On This Day:

114 DMU

54028 with a Birmingham - Norwich parcels service stands at Norwich (at 1330) on Thursday 20th April 1989. Colin Brooks.

119 DMU

Western Region Class DMU L589 (51057 leads, presumably with 59414 + 51100) at Clapham Junction, 20 April 1985. Though to be a Gatwick - Reading service diverted because of engineering works. Nigel Menzies.

123 DMU

W52091 on the rear of the 12.15pm Cardiff (G) - Derby during the Birmingham New Street stop on April 20, 1963. The other power car was noted as W52098, and that it was coupled to a three-car Cross-Country set. A Cravens is on the right. Michael Mensing.

104 DMU

A Class 104 (including 59177 + 50469 (furthest)) departs Blaenau Festiniog with the 13:00 to Llandudno on Monday 20th April 1981. Colin Brooks.

104 DMU

A Class 104 (including 50469 + 59177) with the 13:00 Blaenau Festiniog - Llandudno awaits departure on Monday 20th April 1981. Colin Brooks.

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