British Railway Modelling (BRM)
BRITISH RAILWAYS FIRST GENERATION DMUS, by Hugh Longworth, published by OPC/Crecy. PRICE: £35.00
Hugh Longworth writes mighty tomes, and this is his latest – an updated and expanded edition of an earlier work, published in 2010 (which, much to my shame, I haven’t got, but this latest work more than makes up for that). It is the most-comprehensive and detailed work on the history of BR’s first generation DMUs. It’s odd how perceptions change; in my trainspotting days, any DMUs which replaced favoured steam, despite some of it being life-expired, were
called by the pejorative epithet ‘Bug-Units’; until the huge advantages given by the forward view sitting behind the driver (providing that the blinds weren’t pulled down) were realised, and spotting the front numberplate on a passing steamer became easy. In its mammoth 304 pages, every earlier DMU type is thoroughly described. There are pictures of many of them, some in full colour, showing the myriad of liveries carried down the decades. There is a brief history of each type from the various makers, in their TOPS classification order, which makes referencing easier. This is principally a work of reference – the work of reference on the subject, for I know of none more-comprehensive. There are also lists of allocations, and most-useful (though small) scale drawings, showing, among many other things, seating arrangements. It will be of immense help to modellers and enthusiasts too. These first generation DMUs were around for a quite a long time in some cases, particularly after refurbishments had taken place. Indeed, even into the mid-’80s, I was delighted to be able to take a photograph of a DMU in GWR chocolate and cream livery! The work also includes rail-buses and the Blue Pullmans. It’s all printed on the finest gloss stock and represents outstanding value for money.