This booklet (issued Western Region, Paddington May 1968, BR 20896/24) also has a section for DMUs and which is reproduced below to give an indication of what tail loads were allowed.
3.1 The conveyance of regular tail traffic on passenger carrying services must be authorised by the Divisional Manager. Over gradients steeper than 1 in 50 rising, authority must be obtained from the Movements Manager, Regional Headquarters, if loads not included in the undermentioned Table are required.
3.2 The amount of tail traffic which may be conveyed in both normal working and when engines are isolated is shown below:-
Over gradients rising not steeper than 1 in 50
|Formation||All engines running||On rising gradients 1 engine 'isolated'||On rising gradients 2 engines 'isolated'||On falling or level gradients|
|1 engine 'isolated'||2 engines 'isolated'|
|Power cars fitted with 2 x 150 hp engines||tons||tons||tons||tons||tons|
|Single power car||35||nil||-||35||-|
|Two power cars||70||40||-||70||-|
|Single power car and trailer||12||(a)||-||12||-|
|Two power cars and trailer||35||14||(b)||35||35|
|Four power cars and two trailers||70||50||16||70||70|
|Six power cars and 3 trailers||105||84||35||105||105|
a - Assistance provided or trailer removed
b - Assistance provided or trailer or van removed
Exception: A van of tail traffic, not exceeding 35 tons, can be worked by 2 power cars and trailer between Oxford and Paddington when one engine becomes isolated.
Over gradients rising steeper than 1 in 50 but not steeper than 1 in 36
|Formation||All engines running||On rising gradients not steeper than|
|1 in 50
1 engine isolated
|1 in 70
2 engines isolated
|1 in 90
2 engines isolated
|Two power cars||35||35||20||35|
|Three power cars||70||70||70||5|
3.3 DIESEL PARCELS CARS AND DIESEL MULTIPLE UNIT POWER CARS MODIFIED FOR THE CONVEYANCE OF TAIL TRAFFIC
In the London District certain local parcels services are worked by Diesel
Parcels Cars. These are fitted with two 230 h.p. engines which are derated
to 200 h.p. and may be coupled to a DMU power car (fitted with two 150 h.p.
engines). On occasion two such DMU Power Cars work coupled together if a
Diesel Parcels Car is not available.
Except on the West London Line, the maximum gross trailing load for any two such power car formations is 160 tons subject to special timings between Paddington and Oxford.
In the event of engines being isolated the gross trailing load conveyed must not exceed that shown in the table below.
|Formation||Engines isolated||Gross weight of trailing load
|D.P.U + D.M.U.||1 engine of D.P.U.||85|
|D.P.U + D.M.U.||1 engine of D.M.U.||97|
|D.P.U + D.M.U.||2 engines of D.M.U.||50|
|Two D.M.U.||1 engine||96|
|Two D.M.U.||2 engines||40|
The working of these sets in the London Division must be authorised by the Divisional Manager. Loads for working in any other area must be obtained from the Movements Manager, Regional Headquarters, Paddington.
3.4 Diesel Multiple Unit Pullman Trains
These trains are normally restricted to working between:-
Paddington - Oxford
Paddington - Birmingham
Paddington - Bristol
Paddington - Swansea
Diesel Multiple Unit Pullman trains must not be used on routes other than those shown above without the authority of the Movement Manager. Assistance must be provided in the rear with the banking locomotive not coupled to the train when working over gradients steeper than:-
1 in 50 Six car train
1 in 68 Eight car train
These trains must not be used to assist other trains in cases of emergency.