THE DMU – DIESEL MULTIPLE UNIT
Heritage Diesel Railcar
Here is our Scenic Explorer or Heritage Diesel Railcar.
Diesel units were introduced in the late 1950's to replace steam locomotives. As various railway workshops were working to capacity orders were given to private companies to meet the demand
These vehicles were built by The Pressed Steel Company in Glasgow and worked various suburban lines in and around London,the Thames Valley, Cotswolds, the West Midlands and into South Wales.
The vehicles are:-
DRIVING MOTOR BRAKE SECOND No 51347
Withdrawn from British Rail service in December 1993 (Set L412)
Preserved at Mangapps Farm,Suffolk then moved to the Colne Valley Railway in 1995 arriving at the Nene Valley Railway in 1997
TRAILER COMPOSITE LAVATORY No 59508 (Set L419)
Withdrawn from British Rail service in April 1994
Preserved at the Battlefield Line and moved to the Nene Valley Railway in March 2009
DRIVING MOTOR SECOND No 51401 (Set L421)
Withdrawn from British Rail service in February 1997
Preserved at the Nene Valley Railway
All three vehicles were acquired by the Llanelli and District Railway Society (A Gwili Railway supporting body) in 2009 and moved to the Gwili Railway
59508 was repainted green in 2012
51401 was repainted green in 2013
51347 was repainted green in 2014
The first phase of returning the set to its original condition by externally repainting it has now been accomplished. Over the next three years it is hoped that similar changes can be made to the interiors and reverse the refurbishment of the 1980s to again reflect its original condition of the 1960's and the end of the steam age.
Our diesel unit has been named the Scenic Explorer Unit and its official launch date is Saturday 25th October. Click here for details.