LMS railcars

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The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) introduced a number of railcars to service between 1933 and 1939. They were mainly single units but one was a three-car articulated set.

Single units

The LMS purchased three four-wheel diesel railcars from Leyland in 1933. They were numbered 29950–29952 (in the multiple unit section of their carriage number series). Each had a diesel engine fitted. After trials between Preston and Carlisle, they operated from Blackburn to Springvale and Clitheroe and subsequently at Hamilton in Scotland. They were inherited by British Rail at Nationalisation, but were withdrawn in 1951, so never received TOPS classification.

In passing, mention should be made of an Armstrong Whitworth diesel-electric railcar which operated a luxury twelve-seat express service on the LMS for two weeks in 1933 between London and Castle Bromwich near Birmingham in connection with a British Industries Fair. This car, with body work by Cravens which incorporated a kitchen, was powered by a standard Armstrong-Saurer 250 bhp engine.

Articulated unit

In 1937 the LMS decided to produce a more modern diesel train for itself. This was a three-car articulated railcar which was outshopped from Derby Carriage and Wagon Works in 1939. The cars were numbered 80000, 80001 and 80002.

The streamlined three-car train was a single articulated unit; the two outer coaches were each 64ft long and rested on a centre coach that was 52ft long. The articulation was an idea...
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