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The Diesel Train Driver

Another Classic British Transport Film. this film was made to aid men who'd been used to working with heavy hot and often dirty steam locomotives become familiar with the new Traction which was replacing the old Steam Locomotives. Many of the 'old-school' could not make the change and took early retirement.

The British Rail Derby Lightweight diesel multiple units were the first such trains to be built for British Railways. The units were built at BR's Derby Works from 1954 to 1955. The units were built in various formations including 12 power-twin 2-car units, 84 power-trailer 2-car units, and four 4-car units. The two single car units were originally built as a two-car unit and then split two years later when demand came about. Contemporaneous with these units was the unique Battery Electric Multiple Unit.

These units were an outstanding success helping to reduce the operating costs of branchlines. As such, British Railways ordered many more DMU vehicles from various builders over the next decade thus helping to eliminate steam locomotives altogether. However, as these units were non-standard compared to other later DMU vehicles they were subject to early retirement. The last units were withdrawn from normal traffic in 1969.

Information gleaned from various sources and thanks to anglosaxonwarlord for making these films available - as yet, they are not available on YT or On-Line - outstanding material!

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Added: Jul-3-2011 Occurred On: Jul-3-2011
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