British Rail Class 118

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British Rail Class 118
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BR class 118 DMU Nos. 51302+59469+51317 in British Telecom advertising livery
In service 1960-1994
Manufacturer Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company
Number built 15 sets (45 cars)
Number preserved 1 car (DMS 51321)
Formation 3-car sets: DMBS-TCL-DMS
Capacity DMBS: 65 second
TCL: 24 first, 50 second
DMS: 89 second
Operator British Rail
Specifications
Car length 64 ft 6 in (19.66 m)
Width 9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)
Maximum speed 70 mph (113 km/h)
Weight Power cars: 36 long tons 0 cwt (80,600 lb or 36.6 t),
Trailer cars: 30 long tons 0 cwt (67,200 lb or 30.5 t)
Prime mover(s) Two BUT engines per power car
Power output 150 hp (112 kW) per engine
Safety system(s) AWS
Multiple working Blue Square

The British Rail Class 118 diesel multiple units were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company (BRCW) and introduced from 1960.

Originally allocated to the Western Region, the final vehicles were allocated to Tyseley depot in Birmingham, and were all withdrawn by 1994. Like most first generation DMUs they were originally BR Green, then plain blue, and finally blue and grey, with a few receiving Network SouthEast livery. One set was famously painted in all over yellow with advertisements for British Telecom.

A normal formation was three vehicles- a Driving Motor Brake Second (DMBS) which had two BUT engines (Later fitted with Leyland), a driving compartment(cab), 65 second class seats, guards accommodation and luggage/parcels space, a Trailer Composite Lavatory (TCL) which had no engines or driving compartment, but had 22 first class seats, 48 second class seats and a lavatory, and a Driving Motor Second (DMS), which like the DMBS had two engines and a driver's cab, and contained 89 second class seats. Having the 'blue square' multiple working system allowed them to run in formations containing up to 12 cars with most of BR's other DMUs.

Two vehicles were converted to sandite use.

Orders[edit]

Lot No. Type Diagram Qty Fleet Numbers Notes
30543 Driving Motor Brake Second (DMBS) 850 15 51302–51316
30544 Trailer Composite with lavatory (TCL) 851 15 59469–59483
30545 Driving Motor Second (DMS) 852 15 51317–51331

Preservation[edit]

Only one Class 118, Number 51321, entered preservation and is at the Battlefield Line. This unit is working on the railway being paired with class 122 owned by the railway.

References[edit]

  • Motive Power Recognition: 3 DMUs. Colin J. Marsden
  • British Railway Pictorial: First Generation DMUs. Kevin Robertson
  • British Rail Fleet Survey 8: Diesel Multiple Units- The First Generation. Brian Haresnape
  • A Pictorial Record of British Railways Diesel Multiple Units. Brian Golding

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