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    UKP: BR Multiple Units 114

    Diesel Unit

    Class 114 Derby Heavyweight Twin DMU

    The British Rail Class 114 diesel multiple units were built by BR Derby from September 1956 to July 1957. Forty-nine 2-car units were built, numbered E50001-49 for driving motors (later renumbered 53001-49) and E56001-49 for driving trailers (later renumbered 54001-49). 

    The vehicles were the first type to be built at Derby with the longer 63 1/2ft underframe, and the first Derby vehicles to be built from steel. This design would be re-used in the 116 and 117. The type was classed a heavyweight unit; with their original 150 hp BUT engines, they were found to be underpowered for the local scheduled services, and lost time especially when towing a van (which was a regular occurrence in that area). The most problematic stretch was the 1 in 122 for just under a mile near Ancaster which reduced these units to 45 mph even on full power. As a result of this, several 3-car formations were put together using two power cars and one trailer. The type was re-engined with Leyland Albion 230bhp motors.

    Builder BR Derby
    Introduced 1956
    Engine Leyland Albion
    Length 19.66m
    Width 2.82m
    Height 3.77m
    Withdrawn 2002
    Max Speed 70mph

    Photo: Dan Cardwell

    Number Altnumber Status Note Livery Depot Base Owner
    50015 53015   55929   977775   A DMBS BRB SK Midland Railway - Butterley MRTRG UK70/114
    50019 53019   R DMBS GRN SK Midland Railway - Butterley MRTRG UK70/114
    56006 54006   R DTCL GRN SK Midland Railway - Butterley MRTRG UK70/114
    56015 54015   54904   977776   A DTCL BRB SK Midland Railway - Butterley MRTRG UK70/114
    56047 54047   S DTCL GRN PR Strathspey Railway UK70/114