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Class 126 Swindon Inter-City 3-car DMUs

Introduced: 1959
Coupling code: White Circle
Underframe: 64ft 6in
Engines: AEC 150hp
Transmission: Mechanical

Class 126

These vehicles were an updated version of the Swindon 79xxx cars built for the Edinburgh - Glasgow services for use on the Glasgow - Ayrshire / Stranraer lines. They worked these services almost exclusively until the early 1980s, when withdrawal came due to them being non-standard and the line scheduled for electrification.

They were 3-car sets with two cab types, one having a gangway to allow through access in a 6-car formation.

Although both batches had the white circle coupling code, there were considerable differences in the control system between each type; the first had an adaptation of the yellow diamond system, the second was essentially identical to blue square. The Swindon Inter-City (including the Class 123s) and Trans-Pennine vehicles differed from all other DMUs by having buckeye couplings and Pullman gangways.

The last vehicles were withdrawn in 1983, a three-car set survives in preservation.


Details about the preserved Class 126s can also be found here.

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