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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 - 20th September 2017


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

20/9/17: Plans are in the process of being finalised for this year's convention/gala at the ELR. The driver experiences will take place during the Friday (A 'timetable'/driving slots are still being planned). After they finish, there will be a night photo shoot organised by the Richard Newton of the 3P21 group. It is planned to have sets positioned in Bolton St Station and suitably lit for photography with people in period dress to complete the scenes.

TRA members are being given first opportunity to book on it before it's opened up to other participants. There are only 20 places available (To avoid people getting in one another's way). Anyone wishing to partake should email Richard Newton. Cost of participation is £35.

12/9/17: The main release of information concerning the annual convention in November has now been made. It looks to be an exceiting gala!

5/7/17: DMU Group West Midlands/30742 Charters are pleased to announce a second night photography shoot at Arley Station on the Severn Valley Railway on Friday 29th September 2017. This will use the three Car Class 108 unit (52064/59250/51941) owned by the DMU Group and based at Bewdley on the SVR.

Participants will join the unit at Bewdley where ample car parking is available and run down to Arley station and back after the photoshoot and for those who would like Fish and Chips on the way up there should hopefully be a run down into Bewdley before we depart.

Floodlights will be set up for the evenings shoot on arrival at Arley and there may be the opportunity to purchase tea, coffee and soft drinks from our on board buffet counter in centre car 59250 during the evening (subject to having available staff to man the counter).

Full details are still being finalised but we expect the shoot to commence after the days SVR services at a departure time of around 18:30hrs with the return arriving back at Bewdley no later than 22:30.

Proceeds gained from the shoot will be donated to the DMU Group WM for the upkeep of our Class 108 Vehicles, There will be 30 spaces available at £45 per photographer and booking details can be found here.


Latest Updates

20th September 2017: 2017 Conventiondetails updated.
20th September 2017: Preserved Vehicles gallery update.
12th September 2017: Issue 143 added to News Bulletin.
22nd April 2017: NYMR dates added to Running Dates.
29th January 2017: Railcar of the Year 2016 announced.
1st January 2017: For Sale/Wantedupdated.
8th October 2016: Basic Lubricant Theory presentation added to Resources section.
5th March 2016: FormicaSuppliers added.
30th May 2015: Societies page fully updated and Facebook section added.