British Railway First Generation DMUs in Colour for the Modeller and Historian
Although there had been experiments with diesel multiple-units (DMUs) from the early 1930s. it was not until the early 1950s that massive development and investment took place on Britain's railways. In the post-Nationalisation environment. particularly at a time when costs were rising inexorably and traffic was in decline as a result of the growth of road transport. the DMU offered a more attractive and cleaner form of transport for the passenger as well as a more cost-effective means of providing services for the railway industry. Although the first of the DMUs constructed by BR emerged before the 1955 Modernisation Plan, it was between then and the early 1960s that several thousand first-generation DMUs emerged. Whilst many services did see their finances significantly improved, in many cases it was too little and too late to prevent the wholesale closures that occurred as a result of Lord Beeching's infamous report. However, whilst many of the services that they were designed to operate over proved transitory, the DMUs themselves proved hugely reliable and many had operational careers of several decades; indeed a handful remain operational into the 21st century and countless others survive in preservation.
In the latest in Ian Allan Publishing's '. . in Colour for the Modeller and Historian' series, noted DMU expert Stuart Mackay portrays the great variety of types produced as pan of the early DMU programme as well as the myriad liveries that they have worn during the more than 50 years since they were first introduced. Drawing up the work of many of the UK'S best-known railway photographers, the author has produced a comprehensive pictorial survey of these vitally important units. The book will be invaluable for modellers in particular as well as for preservationists and other enthusiasts.
Softback, 96 pages, colour photographs
Condition: Very Good
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