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Class 101 - 101 695

Metro-Cammell, Birmingham
Build Date
Car Types
Withdrawal Date
Current Number Held
101 695
Undergoing Repairs
Owned By

British Railways Class 101 DMU

The British Railway Class 101 Diesel Multiple Units were built by Metro-Cammell at Washwood Heath between 1956 - 1959, with a total of 527 cars being produced. 

The class became one of the most long-lived and successful First Generation DMUs. By the beginning of late 2000 the age and reliability of the units started to show and therefore the class started to be withdrawn from service, with the last mainline service being on 24th December 2003. 


A total of 41 cars survived into preservation and are now a common sight across many heritage railways. 

101 695 (51499 & 51226)

Diesel Multiple Unit 101 695 is formed of vehicles 51499, a Driving Motor Composite Lavatory, & 51226, a Driving Motor Brake Second, 51226 was built in 1958 & 51499 was built in 1959

The unit spent its last years of mainline service working in Scotland for Strathclyde PTE, during this time 51226 suffered minor fire damage to its cab at Mossend. 

The unit arrived at the Mid-Norfolk Railway in late 2003 and was restored and repainted into its original green livery. Unfortunately due to a mechanical failure in late 2019 the unit as withdrawn from service and is currently undergoing repairs and restoration inside Dereham Traction & Rolling Stock Restoration & Maintenance Shed. The shed was built with the support of the EU Leader Funding Rural Development Programme (Project Ref. 109532).

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