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    UKP: BR Multiple Units: 109

    Diesel Unit

    Class 109 Wickham DMU

    The British Rail Class 109 is a class of 2-car diesel multiple units built in 1957 by D Wickham & Co. Five two-car units were built featuring an unusual body design. The design, first used in 1936 for South American railways, aimed to minimise weight. It had no underframe, but the whole body was formed into a welded stress-bearing box girder made of 1⁄8 inch (3.2 mm) solid drawn steel tube. Aluminium was used for panels, luggage racks, window frames, vacuum pipes and fuel and vacuum tanks. The corrugated steel floor was filled with sprayed asbestos and covered with asbestos-filled flame-proofed hardboard and rubber sheet.

    The units soon became non-standard and two were sold back to the manufacturer who exported them to Trinidad and Tobago. Another unit was converted into departmental service and survived in BR ownership until the early 1980s. This unit has been preserved.

    Length 17.37m
    Width 2.51m
    Height 3.77m
    Introduced 1957
    Withdrawn 1971
    Wheel Arrangement 1A′A1′+2′2′
    Builder D Wickham
    Power 110kW
    Engine 2 x British United Traction Leyland
    Transmission fluid coupling and air operated 4-speed epicyclic gear box
    Max Speed 70mph
    Number Altnumber Status Note Livery Base Owner
    E50416 DB975005   50416   A DMBS GRN Llangollen Railway LRC UK70/109
    E56171 DB975006   56171   A DTCL GRN Llangollen Railway LRC UK70/109