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If there’s a lo­co­mo­tive that you think needs to be of­fered ready-to-run, here’s the place to voice your opin­ion… Lo­co­mo­tive: Class 104 and 110 DMUS Pro­posed by: Michael Grange, County Durham

What is it?

I may be be­ing greedy here but I think there’s a case for two DMUS. It’s been about a decade since Hornby’s Class 110 was last on the mar­ket, and it can still fetch a healthy price sec­ond­hand. Sadly, the ‘110’ re­ally lags be­hind Bachmann’s Class 101, 105 and 108, so I pro­pose a new ver­sion. But with to­day’s model-mak­ing tech­nol­ogy, surely it would make sense to of­fer the Class 104 as well?

What would make it vi­able?

Birm­ing­ham RC&W’S 57ft 6in DMU was in­tro­duced in 1957 and was of­fered in two, three and four-car sets. Pro­duc­tion ceased in 1959 af­ter 302 ve­hi­cles had been built. What would be­come Class 104 un­der TOPS was mainly al­lo­cated to the North West, with some trans­ferred to the North East to re­place with­drawn Ty­ne­side elec­tric EMUS. Scot­land fa­mously re­ceived ‘104s’ and the fi­nal units were with­drawn from the Greater Lon­don area in the 1990s. A fur­ther 30 sets, based on the same de­sign but with a mod­i­fied nose with head­code boxes, were in­tro­duced in 1961 for use on the trans-pen­nine Calder Val­ley lines. They also sported pow­er­ful Rolls-royce en­gines and were con­fig­ured as two and three-car sets. They be­came Class 110 and the last were with­drawn in the late 1980s. The Class 104s were first built with head­code pan­els on the nose, which were later re­moved. Be­tween the classes there are nu­mer­ous liv­er­ies to of­fer, in­clud­ing BR green, plain blue, blue/grey, white and blue, Net­work South­east, Metro­train, De­part­men­tal and the ‘Mex­i­can bean’ ma­roon and white ap­plied to 104325 for the Cri­an­lari­choban shut­tles in the late 1980s.

Can I see a real one?

There are 13 Class 104 ve­hi­cles, spread be­tween Chur­net Val­ley, Llan­gollen and Telford Steam Rail­ways, but only five Class 110 ve­hi­cles: the Wens­ley­dale Rail­way and Lake­side & Haver­th­waite have a two-car set each, and the Chur­net Val­ley Rail­way is home to Trailer Sec­ond La­va­tory 59701.

How to join in

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