"...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 - 10th December 2014


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.

Web Restructuring
During the past five years, the association has undergone some restructuring which has included changes to and at times non availability of our website. Whilst much of the "original" website remains off line whilst it is undergoing update, several sections have been transferred to this section which is now available. It is anticipated that more sections will be included here as time allows.

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

2/12/14: Voting is now open for the 2014 Railcar of the Year Award!

2/12/14: Kernow Models have announced production of OO Gauge Class 116, Class 117 & Class 118 models, filling a considerable gap in the modern market. Clever use of slides will allow them to produce models of all three classes, with most of the detail variations of each class also catered for. The units will have working directional lights, headlights and illuminated headcodes where applicable, as well as working interior lights.  The motor will be designed not to intrude into the passenger space of the motor car and the units will have through-wiring so that only one 21-pin digital decoder will be needed.  Gangwayed and non-gangwayed versions will be catered for. More informaion available here.

1/10/14: The awaited amendments list to the recently published Modern Locomotives Illustrated featuring First Generation DMU's has now been released, in a new Resources section on this site.


Latest Updates

10th December 2014: Preserved Vehicles gallery update.
2nd December 2014: Railcar of the Year 2014 voting now open.
1st November 2014: Issue 126 added to News Bulletin.
18th October 2014: Images added to 2014 Convention
1st October 2014: New Resources section launched.
15th August 2014: New Suppliers section launched.
1st August 2014: August-December 2014 Running Dates added for Llangollen.
1st July 2014: Item added to Latest News.
1st July 2014:
14th July 2013: Item added to For Sale/Wanted.
2nd July 2012: East Anglian Railcar Group link added to Societies.