"...communication, co-operation, preservation..."

The Railcar Association is formed of owners of preserved multiple units. This site is dedicated to the history, technology and preservation of first generation DMUs.

Last Update - 17th October 2016

The Railcar Association
Welcome to The Railcar Association website. This version has been online since 2011 (although the "original" website has been around much longer) and visitors can browse the different sections of the site using the menu on the left. More information on who we are and what we do is available on The Railcar Association page.

Keeping Updated
For news updates, please see our News Bulletins which are released six times a year. Short notice items may be included on this page below, but most general updates will be in the bulletin. You can keep track of the updates to each of the sections on this part of the site by checking the Latest Updates section at the foot of this page.

Short Notice News Items

17/10/16: The Great Central Railway are making available some Driver Experience slots on their Class 101 set on October 29th. All are welcome to join (you don't have to be a driver at another railway) and prices are £30 for a Loughborough-Rothley trip, and £50 for a return trip.Make your own way to Loughborough on the day, come and find us on the platform - we’ll be in and out quite a bit. First come, first served. Contact Tom Ingall to book or for more information.

15/10/16: Ex video survey unit 55025 has entered preservation following a period languishing at Tyseley. We wish the new owners luck in getting this heavily stripped and modfied vehicle back into a usable condition, if indeed that is their plan.

21/9/16: The annual convention was a great success at the Dean Forest Railway this year. A full report of the weekend will be added to the 2016 Convention page shortly. The 2017 convention has now been announced as being held at the East Lancashire Railway, who will be hosting the event for the second time, it being over 15 years since they last did so!

Latest Updates

15th October 2016: Preserved Vehicles gallery update.
8th October 2016: Basic Lubricant Theory presentation added to Resources section.
10th September 2016: Issue 137 added to News Bulletin.
6th August 2016: Driver Experiences are now open for booking for the 2016 Convention.
1st May 2016: For Sale/Wantedupdated.
5th March 2016: FormicaSuppliers added.
23rd January 2016: Railcar of the Year 2015 winner announced.
25th December 2015: 2016 Running Dates added for Llangollen and North Norfolk.
30th May 2015: Societies page fully updated and Facebook section added.