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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 - 5th February 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

5/2/17: On Friday 24th February DMU Group West Midlands are holding at the Severn Valley Railway in conjunction with 30742 Charters an evening at
Bewdley Station with the two Class 108 sets posed around the station. Kicking off around 7pm we will have both the three car and two car sets positioned in a number of cameo's with the addition of evening commuters, drivers, signalman to create scenes of the 1960's. Both sets are resplendent in BR Green without yellow ends and will look superb. Destination blinds will be set for suitable routes around the Midlands where possible.

The cost is £40 and all profits go to the DMU Group West Midlands. For further information and to book a place on this event please visit the 30742 Charters booking page.

29/1/17: Congratulations go to the Great Central Railway, whose 101/111 3-car set have won the Railcar of the Year award for 2016!

25/12/16: The Winter 2016/2017 Chiltern Bubble Car Diagram is confirmed as running as follows:

06:35 Aylesbury (AYS)-Princes Risborough (PRR)
07:19 PRR-AYS
07:46 AYS-PRR
08:23 PRR-AYS
08:48 AYS-PRR
09:16 PRR-AYS
16:19 AYS-PRR Empty Coaching Stock
17:00 PRR-AYS
17:26 AYS-PRR
18:06 PRR-AYS

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.

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

5th February 2017: Preserved Vehicles gallery update.
29th January 2017: Railcar of the Year 2016 announced.
1st January 2017: Issue 139 added to News Bulletin.
1st January 2017: For Sale/Wantedupdated.
25th December 2016: 2017 Running Dates added.
8th October 2016: Basic Lubricant Theory presentation added to Resources section.
6th August 2016: Driver Experiences are now open for booking for the 2016 Convention.
5th March 2016: FormicaSuppliers added.
30th May 2015: Societies page fully updated and Facebook section added.