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The Class 153 DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is a common sight around the UK, picking up and delivering many thousands of passengers every day of the year. Being a self-contained unit with an under-slung diesel engine, it has no need for a separate

locomotive and is therefore economical in operation.

First introduced in 1991, these distinctive units have a driver's cab at each end to allow the driver to change ends and drive in the opposite direction without the need to turn the unit around. The Class 153 DMU features gangway door connections that

allow people to walk between coupled units while they are moving.

These units were originally built as two-car Class 155 units by British Leyland from 1987–88, but were converted by Hunslet-Barclay at Kilmarnock from 1991-92. The layout of the original non-cab ends was different from the original cab end, so the ends are noticeably distinct, and the vehicles are not symmetrical.

Their maximum speed is 75 mph (121 km/h) and suited for working less popular local services such as the London Midland service from Coventry to Nuneaton and the Heart of Wales Line. They are fitted with standard BSI auto-couplers and are therefore able to work in tandem with other multiple units fitted with the same coupler, including Class 150, Class 156 and Class 158 units as well as newer units like the Class 170 DMU.

The new or small cab is significantly smaller than the original Leyland cab and encroaches on the door vestibule area and provides cramped conditions for Drivers and Guards, like the classes 150/2, 156 and 158 these units have gangway door connections that allow persons to walk between the units whilst moving. These units also have the benefit of having passenger door control panels for the Guards at each end, and make it easier for them to carry out non operational duties.

Units are numbered in the range 153301-335 and 153351-385. Individual cars are numbered 52301-335 and 57351-385 (originally 57301-335).


All Stops

Drive a Class 166 from Merryhill Parkway to Bleaton on an all-stations service.

Year: 2007

Burntash Delivery

Drive 37095 and 37092 on a heavy coal train from Totham Yard to Burntash Power Station where you will unload your train and return to

Totham Yard.

Year: 1992

Double Trouble

Drive 47303 and 47309 on a container train from Westerton Container Terminal to Totham Yard.

Year: 2011

High Speed Sunset

Drive an Intercity Swallow-liveried HST non-stop from Portsbridge Central to Merryhill Parkway on a crisp winter evening.

Year: 1996

Leaf Buster

It’s autumn and leaf mulch is causing trains to slip on the rails. Drive DRS 20303 and 20312 on the Railhead Treatment Train visiting many areas of the route.

Year: 2008


Drive a nuclear flask train from Axford nuclear power station as far as Shollet with DRS 20303 and 20302.

Year: 2005

Well Oiled

Drive 47157 on an oil train from Foreley to Halloaks Junction on an

overcast rainy day.

Year: 2004

Totham Stopper

Drive an East Midlands Trains 153 from Shollet to

Merryhill Parkway.

Year: 2010

Portsbridge Circular

Drive a Class 153 DMU on a circular service, starting from Portsbridge Central and returning to Portsbridge Central one hour later.

Year: 2007 (NB: requires the Just Trains Class 20 Collection add-on)

Oxford to Paddington Scenarios

Unit Shortage (Part 1)

Due to a shortage of class 165/166s, First Great Western have temporarily brought two Class 153 DMUs from the southwest to London to cover. You must drive this pair from Slough to Paddington and then to Old Oak Common to stable until the evening rush hour.

Year: 2010

Unit Shortage (Part 2)

Drive the pair of First Great Western Class 153 DMUs from Old Oak Common to Paddington where you will then head for Reading at the beginning of the rush hour.

Year: 2010

Newcastle to York Modern Scenario

East Coast Commute

Drive a Northern Rail Class 153 DMU from

Darlington to Newcastle on a morning commuter run up the East Coast Mainline.

Year: 2010

Bristol to Exeter Scenarios


On a freezing December day, you must take a First Great Western 153 from Bristol Temple Meads to Weston-super-Mare starting at Barton

Hill depot.

Year: 2010

South-West Skateboard

Drive a Regional Railways Class 153 DMU from Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads.

Year: 1995

Routes Featuring the Class 156 DMU

Just Trains Totham Route

Oxford to Paddington

Newcastle to York Modern

Bristol to Exeter