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    UKP: BR Multiple Units: Derby Lightweight

    Diesel Unit

    Derby Lightweight

    The British Rail Derby Lightweight diesel multiple units, were the first such trains to be built en-masse for British Railways. The units were built at BR's Derby Works from 1954 to 1955. The units were built in various formations, including 12 power-twin 2-car units, 84 power-trailer 2-car units, and four 4-car units. The two single car units were originally built as a two-car unit and then split two years later when demand came about.

    Body framing was extruded and riveted together. Panelling was welded into continuous sheets and riveted to the frame. Luggage racks were light alloy. The floors had 2 layers of flameproof hardboard, covered with linoleum. To reduce noise and condensation, the inside structure and undersides were sprayed with asbestos. Lighting was by 60-watt, 24-volt lamps charged by belt driven dynamos. Heating was oil fired. Standard mild steel bogies ran on Timken roller bearings.

    Length 17.53m
    Introduced 1954
    Withdrawn 1969
    Builder BR Derby Works
    Weight 27t
    Max Speed 62mph

    Photo: Dan Cardwell

    Number Altnumber Name Status Note Livery Depot Location Base Owner
    79018 M79018   RDB975007   975007   R DMBS GRN PR Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DLW
    79612 M79612   R DTCL GRN PR Ecclesbourne Valley Railway DLW
    79900 M79900   ADB975010   Iris H DMBS GRN PR On loan from Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Great Central Railway PRE