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Battery Multiple Unit - Derby 2-car BMU

Non-Passenger Use

The unit was taken on by the Railway Technical Centre at Derby in 1967. The cars were renumbered RDB 975003/4 and painted into blue livery, and the set became Laboratory Vehicle 16.

It later acquired the name Gemini, in the Centre's cryptic style, and the Departmental red/blue livery. It was used for "BRATO", -British Rail Automatic Train Operation tests, using track/train-mounted equipment. It was usually based at Mickleover and operated on the Mickleover - Eggington Junction test line.

It was declared redundant early in 1984 and put up for sale.

Non-Passenger Use

Details about the unit in preservation can be found here.

The following publications were consulted in the preparation of this article:
Railway Gazette; 25 Years of Research - C. Marsden; British Railways Scottish Region Staff Magazine; Scottish Urban & Rural Branch Lines - G. O’Hara; The Deeside line - Dick Jackson; Railway Observer; Railway Bylines Summer Special No.1.
All pictures are official ScR shots unless otherwise stated.

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