Routes Featuring the Class 101 DMU
Newcastle to York
Oxford to Paddington
Bath Green to Templecoombe
The British Rail Class 101 diesel multiple units were built by Metro-Cammell in Birmingham from 1956 to 1959. The 101 DMU went on to be the most long-lived and successful of BR's first generation DMUs with the last units being withdrawn from service on the 24th December 2003, meaning the oldest set was over 47 years old.
Running all over the UK on passenger services these units were a familiar everyday sight for many years and survived through many iterations of livery
The Class 101 DMU’s were most commonly driven in 2, 3 or 4 car sets, although combination of sets was not unheard of.
Due to the large quantities of units produced and their prevalence over much of the UK network several units have survived into preservation.
Free Roam at York
Introduction to the Class 101 DMU
Get used to driving the Class 101 by performing a passenger stop, refuelling and stabling your train at the engine shed. You will be given driving tips along the way.
The Early Days
The new class 101s built in Birmingham are now entering service. We expect these trains to take over passenger services on the line. Today’s job is to take a class 101 on a simple stopping service from Evercreech Jnc to Templecombe. Unfortunately, the weather on this cold December morning has taken a turn for the worst. With this being one of the first workings of the new trains, make sure you create a good impression with the public.
The 101 DMU which usually operates along the branch to Bishop Auckland is today running the main line up to Newcastle. Following a delayed train you must stick to a timetable as you drive the line during the final years of the steam era. The timetable is: Durham 07:37, Chester Le Street 07:44 and Newcastle 08:00.
The Class 101 DMUs are undergoing a refurbishment program. These 3 units wear the new refurbished livery and are touring the country. Drive this flagship unit as far as Darlington, adhering to a timetable.
Not in Service
You have completed a special charter ending in York. You must return the 101 DMU to Darlington where it will resume normal operation but there are a few stops on the way.
Down to Didcot: Day 1
Your task today is to take a class 101 in BR Grey livery from Oxford to Didcot Parkway. Stopping at all the stations on the way, you will be navigating through the busy traffic. If you lose time, a HST service which is approaching the Oxford Main Line will gain a path through, meaning you will have to give way to this service. Make sure this doesn’t happen and arrive at Didcot on time.
Down to Didcot: Day 2
The same journey can provide different challenges. Once again drive to Didcot, this time in a 2-unit set, sticking to a timetable. You are performing a stopping service from Oxford to Paddington, although you are being replaced by another driver at Didcot.
It’s mid-January, and it’s the final few weeks of class 101 operations for NSE. No special service has been planned for these heritage DMUs, and the end of their working lives will be after one last blast on the Great Western Main Line. From Paddington, take one of these services to Reading, where the train will terminate. Make sure you get to Reading on time, and give the classic units a small farewell they deserve, at least.