"...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 - 1st October 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.


Latest Updates

1st October 2017: Preserved Vehicles gallery update.
20th September 2017: 2017 Conventiondetails updated.
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.