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The British Rail Class 101 diesel multiple units were built by Metro-Cammell at Washwood Heathmarker in Birminghammarker from 1956 to 1959, following construction of a series of prototype units. This class proved to be the most successful and longest-lived of all BR's First Generation DMUs, with the final five units being withdrawn on 24 December 2003. The oldest set was, by then, just over 47 years old.

Original TOPS classes

When TOPS was originally introduced only the Driving Motor Brake Second (DMBS) and the Driving Motor Composite (with Lavatory) (DMCL) were classified as Class 101 (AEC engines) or Class 102 (Leyland engines). The Driving Trailer Composite (with Lavatory) (DTCL) were either Class 144 or Class 147. The Trailer Seconds (with Lavatory) (TSL) were Class 162, the Trailer Brake Second (with Lavatory) (TBSL) were Class 168 and the Trailer Composite (with Lavatory) (TCL) were Class 171.Later all the cars were reclassified, becoming Class 101.

In fiction

In The Railway Series books by Rev.W.Awdry, the character Daisy the Diesel Rail-Car was introduced to assist on the Branch Line when Thomas was away for repair.

Daisy is undoubtedly based on the Metro-Cammell DMUs, but is a one-off, being a single railcar (akin to the Class 121 'bubble cars'). Although normally considered to be a Class 101, Daisy is always depicted with the distinctive valances around the buffer beams that distinguishes the lightweight prototype units.

Preservation

The Class 101 was one of the largest classes of first-generation DMUs and, partly thanks to their relatively late withdrawal from revenue-earning service, numerous vehicles have been preserved on heritage railways.



Vehicle numbers Set number Livery Location Comments
53160 - 53164 101685 BR Green Chasewater Railwaymarker One of final 5 units in service. 53164 currently at Midland Railway, Butterley, for repairs.
53170 - 53253 101692 Caledonian Blue Midland Railway - Butterleymarker Painted in special Caledonian Blue livery.
53193 - 53203 960992 BR Blue/Grey Great Central Railway Previously sandite unit 977898+977897.
50204 59539 51511 101680 BR Green North Yorkshire Moors Railway One of final 5 units in service.
53256 - 54343 101660 BR Blue East Kent Railway -
53266 - - 101693 See notes Great Central Railway Spare operational power car. Carries non-standard camouflage livery.
53268 - - 101694 Strathclyde Orange Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Vehicle stripped for spares.
50321 - 51427 960993 BR Green Great Central Railway Previously sandite unit 977900+977899.
53746 59509 51210 101678 Blue/Cream Wensleydale Railwaymarker One of final 5 units in service.

59509 is a Class 117 vehicle.
51187 - 51512 101684/687 BR Green Cambrian Railway Trustmarker -
51188 - 51505 101694/682 BR Blue Ecclesbourne Valley Railwaymarker -
51189 - 51803 101660/676 BR Green/BR Blue Keighley and Worth Valley Railway -
51192 - 54352 101693/657 BR Green East Lancashire Railwaymarker Unit on long-term loan from the National Railway Museummarker
51205 - 56055 101676/662 BR Green Cambrian Railway Trustmarker -
51213 - 56358 101659/653 BR Blue East Anglian Railway Museummarker -
51226 - 51499 101695 BR Green Mid-Norfolk Railwaymarker -
51228 - 56062 101681 BR Blue North Norfolk Railwaymarker -
51247 - - 101687 Strathclyde Orange Wensleydale Railwaymarker Vehicle stripped for spares.
51434 59117 51503 L836 BR Blue/Grey Mid-Norfolk Railwaymarker -
54342 - - - BR Blue/Grey Midland Railway - Butterleymarker Previously internal user no. 042222. Stored
54347 - - 101663 Regional Railways Bressingham Steam Museummarker Used as loco hauled push-pull trailer
54356 - - - LNER Green/Cream Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railwaymarker Rebuilt to observation saloon 6300
54365 - - 101661 Regional Railways East Anglian Railway Museummarker Vehicle currently being stripped for spares
54408 - - 101654 Malachite Green Spa Valley Railwaymarker -
- 59303 - 101692 BR Green Midland Railway - Butterleymarker Currently out of set undergoing restoration


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