Class 116

The Class 116 was the first of British Railways’ suburban DMU fleet. Designed and built at Derby, the Class 116 design was outsourced to private builders in the form of the Class 117’s and 118’s, and the body shell was even more widespread, Classes 115, 116, 117, 118, 121, 122, 125 & 127 all having a very similar external appearance. The units were originally three car sets, formed DMBS-TC-DMS.

Several sets were preserved in the 1980’s and 1990’s when most of the first generation DMUs were displaced, with examples of all three of the vehicle types to be found on preserved railways.

Sadly, in 2009, a major arson attack on the Swansea Vale Railway desecrated the preserved Class 116 fleet, more than halving the number of powercars in preservation. Luckily, no vehicle types were made extinct, but the attack has left only a single DMS vehicle in preservation. Although a few more TC and DMBS vehicles survive, the attack now means that there is only the potential to create one authentic 3-car set in the future, although this may be difficult, as all the surviving TC vehicles are in use not as DMUs but as hauled coaching stock.

Number Type Location
51131 DMBS Battlefield Line
51138 DMBS Great Central Railway (North)
51151 DMS Great Central Railway (North)
59003 TS (Ex TC) Paignton & Dartmouth Railway
59004 TS (Ex TC) South Devon Railway
59444 TC Chasewater Railway


Now Scrapped


Number Type Last Location
51134 DMBS Swansea Vale Railway
51135 DMBS Swansea Vale Railway
51147 DMS Swansea Vale Railway
51148 DMS Swansea Vale Railway
59445 TC Swansea Vale Railway